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From: "Arvid Hardin HATM" <>
Subject: Re: [TSL] Edmonton, ALB,CAN to London 1914 ??
Date: Sat, 23 Feb 2008 10:11:20 -0700
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Hello from Edmonton Canada;

I had assumed for some time that Edmonton got it's name from someplace in
the UK. Good to know now where, thanks.

There are Alberta Provincial Archives that provide some listings of
residences and the National Archives of Canada.

At the time of the travel about 1914, the main passenger rail service was
provided by Canadian Pacific Railways through Calgary, about 300 km south of
Edmonton. And there was a rail link from Strathcona (on the south bank of
North Saskatchewan River that flows through Edmonton). Strathcona became art
of Edmonton later.

There was also a competing rail line running through Edmonton with links to
Winnipeg, The Grand Trunk Pacific or Great Northern. Those lines went
bankrupt not long after their corporate leader, Mr. Hayes, died in the
Titanic sinking. So I'm not sure if they were operating at that time. A
number of rail lines were amalgamated into what is now Cdn National Rail

Both CP and CN lines run through Winnipeg and directly on to Ottawa and
Montreal with spurs south down to Toronto and then on to Montreal. Lines
continued on through to Quebec City and Halifax.

There is a book about the construction of the CP by Pierre Burton,
unfortunately I've forgotten the name.


-----Original Message-----
[mailto:] On Behalf Of Sue Swiggum
Sent: February 20, 2008 7:24 AM
To: MargM;
Subject: Re: [TSL] Edmonton, ALB,CAN to London 1914 ??

Hi Marg,

I was going to suggest that he lost his hat in the Suez, but read here in
the description and voyage history, that in 1914 BELTANA was sailing via

The BELTANA was a 11,167 gross ton ship, length 152,43m x beam 19,13m, one
funnel, two masts, twin screw and a speed of 13 knots. Built by Caird & Co,
Greenock, she was launched for the Peninsular & Oriental Steam Nav. Co (P&O
Line) on 24th Jan.1912. Used on the London to Capetown, Melbourne and
Sydney service until 1914 when she became a troopship. In 1919 she resumed
service to Australia via Suez and in 1930 was sold to Japan with the
intention of converting her to a whale factory ship, but she was laid up
and eventually scrapped in 1933. [North Star to Southern Cross by John
M.Maber] [Merchant Fleets by Duncan Haws, vol.1, P&O Line]

It is too bad there are no North American outbound lists. They would have
travelled from Edmonton by rail to either Halifax or even New York . . .
port of Quebec would not have been open for the navigation season that
early in the year.

Does the British record say who they were leaving? Maybe they had gone
via England to spend time with family before heading to Australia
?? Your friend's Dad would have been pretty young on the trip and may
very well have lost his hat overboard, and somehow it was 'remembered' as
"losing his Panama in Panama." <smile>

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At 10:57 PM 2008-02-20 +1100, MargM wrote:
>Discovered today that a good friends fathers family did not travel
>across the Pacific Ocean to Sydney . What gave that idea bad vibes
>from the start was her Dad telling her he had lost his hat in the
>Panama Canal .!
>I had no idea what made me type her grandfathers names into Findmypast
>passenger departures guessing 1914 - 1919
> And WOW !!!! there was Stephen BJ FERGUSON, wife Elizabeth & 6
>children as passengers to Sydney on the PO ship Beltana that
>departed London 10 Mar 1914
>All 6 chn were b in Edmonton..............
>Would anyone have an idea how they got from Edmonton to London ??
>By train to Vancouver > Vancouver via Panama to
> London ??
>Why not Vancouver direct to Sydney ? As the gull flies that's a tad
>shorter in distance and in cost !
>This is certainly one for the 'leave no stone unturned' rule :-)
>Been quite a day finding that info
>Beautiful NSW Central Coast

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