CALEDONIA’S SISTER

SS Leviathan HMS Caledonia

Above: Leviathan (left) arrives for scrapping in 1938. Although Majestic was the first of the three sisters to be withdrawn permanently from passenger service, by 1939 she was the only one that had not been scrapped. In March 1939, the Board of Trade concluded that she would never return to passenger service; she had served almost two years as Caledonia (right). (Courtesy Jim Duckworth.)


OUR SISTER’S FATE

When Spring was breaking o’er our ship,
Leviathan made a last, long trip.
Here she will terminate her days -
The final parting of their ways.

But such is fate.

Side by side the pair were laid -
The Teutons built them and, when made,
They idled through war’s four long years,
While o’er the world ran wet, salt tears.

But such is fate.

When strife at last came to an end,
Their fortunes took a diff’rent trend.
The Vaterland went o’er the sea;
The other came to this country.

But such is fate.

Together then they ploughed the foam,
Though each could boat a diff’rent home.
Majestic - largest ship afloat;
Leviathan - the New World’s boat.

But such is fate.

Our craft gave place to larger ships,
To others now upon the slips;
To Scotia’s shore one ploughed her way
To live, as ‘Cal,’ another day.

But such is fate.

When spring was breaking o’er out ship,
Our sister made a last, long trip.
Here she will terminate her days -
The final parting of their ways.

Our sister’s fate.

R. D. Horn, Grenville [Division].

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