by Irenka Stankiewicz Farmilo
(Ottawa, Canada )
Top of UK and Ireland, Outward Passenger List for Irenka's voyage.
I left Southampton on the SS Atlantic in September 1953, age 5, and arrived in Quebec City on October 3rd. Crossing time was 8 days, one day longer than planned because of a ferocious storm that had most passengers seasick, and a good part of the crew.
Of my family group of four, I was the only one who could get up and eat in the dining lounge, and one of my memories is wondering why they had so many round tables in the dining room when I concluded they only needed two! Laundry staff weren't available to change badly soiled sheets from sick passengers for a good part of the voyage.
I remember how cold it was on the deck and seeing an iceberg in the distance when my mother lifted me up to gaze at its beautiful prisms of reflected light.
There was a store that sold odds-and-ends and my mother bought me a toy car that would move on the deck if I pumped air into a hose attached to its back end. I spent a lot of time playing with that car because there wasn't much else for a kid to do.