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Quarantined on the Journey Over to Canada

Being quarantined while travelling to Halifax with her baby was frightening for British war bride Audrey (Hawes) Doyle Ash. Audrey was onboard the Queen Mary when she and Patrick were put into isolation with others.

“We were a day and a half out to sea when a little girl got meningitis,” wrote Audry.

“Myself and my son, with four other mums, one with two children and one with one and one without a child, were quarantined to our cabin for the rest of the journey. It was very small quarters, but we made it work.”

Quarantine at Pier 21 Made Coming to Canada feel like being put in Jail

Being quarantined at Pier 21 meant a rough start to their Canadian adventure for the Blom family.

Shelly Blom was born in the Netherlands and in the spring of 1953 her parents decided to move.

“My parents had decided to leave our home in Apeldoorn to seek out new opportunities for their young family in Canada,” wrote Shelly.

Forgetting Danish During a Nine Month Quarantine

The trauma of a long quarantine stripped a young Michael Frederiksen of his languages.

Michael left Denmark with his family and arrived in Canada in late June of 1951 while the epidemic was raging. Not long after, he contracted it.

“The summer of ’51 was devastating,” Michael wrote. “Canada had not experienced what it was like to live through a full-blown polio epidemic. There were no vaccines to combat this deadly virus.