This Traveltalks entry begins aboard the RMS Scythia as it exits Halifax Harbor. The Scythia is a cruise ship that was converted to a troop transport during World War II; in 1940 it carried...
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This Traveltalks entry begins aboard the RMS Scythia as it exits Halifax Harbor. The Scythia is a cruise ship that was converted to a troop transport during World War II; in 1940 it carried children from Liverpool to New York as part of an evacuation program set up by the Children's Overseas Reception Board. The present voyage is among the first to carry civilian passengers from North America to the British Isles following the end of the war. Among the passengers are 150 child evacuees, who have spent several years growing up in Canada or the USA. Narrator FitzPatrick can be seen on the deck of the ship conversing with a female passenger. At Liverpool the evacuee children disembark, and FitzPatrick and his party change ships for the voyage across the Irish Sea to Northern Ireland's capital city. We arrive at the port of Belfast, one of the busiest in the British Isles. We then see the city hall, the downtown area, the city's botanical garden, and the parliament building outside the ... Written by
David Glagovsky <firstname.lastname@example.org>
This entry in MGM's TravelTalks series starts off on a boat by Halofax, Scotland where we learn that this trip is the fist James A. FitzPatrick has made overseas since the end of WW2 when the travel band was lifted. We then get to see over a hundred children who fled Great Britain and are just returning home to be with their parents. After that we travel to Belfast, Northern Ireland where we get to see their three-million dollar city hall, Princess Elizabeth and how fast the people in the city move. This is one of the better entries in the series because of the first few minutes on the boat. It's certainly interesting, history wise, to know that these children were toddlers when they left the country and are now returning to a home they don't really know. It's too bad the short didn't center on them for the entire running time as I'm sure there are many great stories to be told. The second half is fairly decent but we don't learn too much about the city because most of the time is spent discussing the royal members there.
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