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"LADY" LINERS SAIL TO WEST INDIES

Why are the vessels of: the .Cana-. j.dian National Steamshipsr called "Lady liners"? The answer is that the five white yacht-like ships of the fleet that furrow the, waters from northern ports to the British West Indies were Iso christened to perpetuate the memory of 'famous admirals who served in the Caribbean Sea" ' (remarks -the "Christian Science MoniYears ago, mention of the West Indies would bring' to mind bananas and pirate stories', but few people had a personal acquaintance with the tropical loveliness of these "Jewels of the Caribbean." Now, however, as all-year-round pleasure resorts, the islands of the West Indies are rapidly gaining popularity—the mecca of thousands 'from the United States and Canada, as well as from abroad. The liner Lady Hawkins is named after the wife of Admiral Sir John Hawkins, one of the greatest of Elizabethan sailors; Sir John's adventurous career throughout the latter half of the sixteenth century was' confined largely to the West Indies and the Spanish Main. • The Lady Drake is named after thewife of Admiral Sir Francis Drake, romantic and colourful hero. Although he Seems to have found time to circumnavigate • the globe, encompass the defeat of the Spanish Armada, occupy a seat in the House of Commons, and .the chair of the Lord Mayor of Plymouth, nevertheless the major proportion of Drake's extraordinary career was enacted around the "Isles of the West" when the British Navy was born and Elizabeth was Queen. These Caribbean lands were the scene of many of his triumphs. _

The Lady Nelson is named in memory of Frances Nisbet, wife of

Admiral .Lord Nelson. .As Frances Woodward, she was born on the island of Ne.vi, the, daughter of. William Woodward, senior Judge of. the colony. These three liners, the Lady Hawkins, Lady Drake, and Lady Nelson, sail fortnightly from Boston throughout the year to Bermuda, the Leeward and' Windward Islands, Barbados, Trinidad, and British Guiana on the coast of South America. . The liner Lady Somers is named in memory of Joanna, wife of J Admiral Sir George Somers. After being knighted by Queen Elizabeth for his heroism and exploits in the West Indies, Sir George Somers, while on a voyage to the new plantations in Virginia, was. shipwrecked on the uninhabited coast of Bermuda and founded a British colony there in 1609. ] The Lady Rodney is named after the wife of Admiral Sir George Rodney. Rodney's long association with the West Indies culminated in the great naval battle of Dominica In 1782; when he vanquished the French fleet under Count de Grasse, and preserved for Britain that place, in the Caribbean. Sea which had been given her by a ,long line of'sailors. . ' These two liners, the .Lady Somers and Lady Rodney, sail fortnightly from Boston during the winter, .and from. Montreal in the springi. summer, and autumn, to Bermuda, the Bahama Islands, and Jamaica.' . ' . ■;..."' .

These five Lady liners were specially built for tropical travel, with the factors of safety and comfort foremost, all aids to steadiness, and everything" insuring the pleasure of passengers in a moderate setting have been included in the hull and appointments. They are propelled by twin screw turbines, oil-fired, and in every respect'represent a very high standard of ocean transport.

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"LADY" LINERS SAIL TO WEST INDIES, Evening Post, Volume CXXV, Issue 72, 26 March 1938

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