55 years ago today my parents, three brothers, 1 sister and myself got on The Cunard Carinthia and sailed away to a new life in Canada. What a journey. We went from Manchester to Liverpool where we got on the ship shown above. Looks so small compared to the ocean liners we see today. We sailed up to Scotland where more people boarded. Off we set for a 5 day trip across the Atlantic Ocean. Five days turned into 7 as we had terrible weather and the ship, at some point, got a broken rudder. My mum was sick from the minute we got on the ship until the minute we got off!!
We were all happy to get off in Montreal. We then had a 2 day 3 night train trip to Edmonton. All we saw was snow and trees, snow and trees, an occasional frozen lake and some tumbled down shacks. We were all pretty anxious as to what we had come to. It seemed like we never saw any towns or cities. Maybe we passed through them during the night.
We finally arrived in Edmonton and were met by a friend of my dads he had been in the police with. He and his wife had been in Canada a few years. We stayed with them until my dad got a job and then we moved to our own house.