Film company seeks Canadian child migration tales

The SS Carthaginian took thousands of emigrant children to Canada more than a century ago. Now a Derry film company hopes to trace some of the human stories involved. Can you help? (10313JC1)

The SS Carthaginian took thousands of emigrant children to Canada more than a century ago. Now a Derry film company hopes to trace some of the human stories involved. Can you help? (10313JC1)

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Were your ancestors affected by the Home Children scheme that saw local kids sent to Canada over 100 years ago?

If so, then a Derry film and theatre company would like to hear from you.

The local film and theatre company MorePies Productions has begun work on a major documentary tracing the story of the SS Carthaginian - the ship that brought thousands of emigrant children to Canada more than a century ago.

Now a Derry film company hopes to trace some of the human stories involved. It’s know that a number of children’s homes from the Derry area sent children as young as seven to what they believed would be a new life in Canada, only for them to face years of brutality, neglect, poverty and slave labour on farms there.

The SS Carthaginian, dubbed the ‘Ship of Shame’ for its role in the now disgraced Home Children scheme, operated from the late nineteenth century until it was sunk by a U boat off Malin Head in 1917.

Now the team of local divers who have charted the wreck are to give

More Pies Productions unrivalled access to film their diving operation over the summer of 2013.

MorePies spokesman, Brogan Wakeley, says he’s determined to uncover the stories behind the statistics. “We aim to record not only the day to day diving operation - which will in itself be dramatic and compelling - but to uncover the stories of some of the children who sailed from Derry Quay.

“It’s estimated that one in three Canadian families can trace its roots to child migrant ships like the SS Carthaginian and interest in tracing those roots has never been stronger.”

“We really want to hear from anyone who has stories passed down in their family or who has relatives in Canada who can trace their roots to the Home Children scheme.

“We will of course treat everything with respect and confidentiality. We feel this is a story that should and must be told,” he added.

Contact MorePies Productions on: brogs05@hotmail.com or: 07519 803995