first HMHS Letitia was a short lived ship. Built by Scott's Shipbuilding
and Engineering Co, Greenock for the Donaldson Line of Glasgow
in 1912, she was a 8,991 gross ton ship, length 470.4ft x beam
56.9ft, one funnel, two masts, twin screw and a speed of 14 knots.
There was passenger accommodation for 300-2nd and 950-3rd class.
Launched on 21st February 1912, she left Glasgow on 4th May 1912
on her maiden voyage to Quebec and Montreal. Employed as a hospital
ship during the Great War, she was wrecked on 1st August 1917
at Chebucto Head, Halifax, NS with no loss of life. It is recorded
that she landed hospital cases from Gallipoli at Malta 16 December
1915. [North Atlantic Seaway by N.R.P.Bonsor, vol.3,p.1014]