War cruise was no Turkish delight

IT wasn't only destroyers and battleships that sailed out of the Clyde during World War I.

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This hospital ship, the Saint Margaret of Scotland, steamed down the misty river in 1916 en-route for the bloodbath that was Gallipoli.

Built in Belfast, as the Royal Mail Lines ship Balantia, she was bought for £20,000 and converted by the Scottish Red Cross, and was manned by Scottish doctors and nurses.

It's a long way from Glasgow to the Dardanelles channel, which links the Black Sea to the Mediterranean, and once there, the staff were almost overwhelmed treating Australian and New Zealand Army Corp (Anzac) troops injured fighting against the Turks of the Ottoman Empire.

A pleasure cruise, it most certainly wasn't.


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