"Really, the conditions under which we found ourselves on coming aboard . . . were simply scandalous." Lieutenant Arthur Wakefield to Dr. Cluny
Macpherson SS Florizel, October 1914
On October 4th, 1914, the SS Florizel, a Bowring Brothers Limited ship, departed with the First Five Hundred aboard, joining a Canadian convoy offshore. The ship was ill prepared to carry troops. The men kept their minds off cramped, squalid quarters and terrible food with entertainment, lectures and religious services.