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Featured researcher: Family history on the S.S. Montclare

From time to time we hope to share stories from researchers using the Chung Collection.  Recently we had a request for images from an American genealogist, whose family immigrated to Canada from Poland on the S.S. Montclare, a Canadian Pacific Liner.  Here’s his story:

“The following is a summary of how I came across The Chung Collection and how I am using the photographs from this extraordinary collection. I came across The Chung Collection during an Internet search, while doing some genealogical research on my family. Over the past few years, I have been researching family members on my grandmother’s side who came from a small town called Wlodzimierzec. It was part of Poland before WWII and now is called Vladimirets, and is part of the Ukraine. Part of my research includes obtaining copies of the original passenger ship records for each family member. These records provide a phenomenal amount of information. Part of the information includes the name of the ship along with dates of departure and arrival. This particular passenger record indicated the ship was named the SS (Steam Ship) Montclare, a Canadian liner. As part of my research, I put together a detailed review of each ship that a family member had traveled on. This includes, detailed log history of port departures and arrivals and movement during WWI or WWII, if any. I also include exterior and interior photographs. This is where I came across The Chung Collection. Looking for ship photos, I came across this collection and found detailed interior and exterior photos of the ship from one its routes in the Mediterranean while serving as a pleasure cruise ship from September 23 to October 7, 1933. I was excited to be able to locate these photos and it is a testament to the University for preserving these photographs. It was even more interesting to find out that my Aunt and Uncle immigrated to Canada on this ship from Europe exactly one month after the ship completed its Mediterranean cruise.

This site has been a tremendous help in my research and I am sure many others will find something of interest. It’s through the passionate work of archivists that allow others to see through a window to the past.”

The photograph above shows another immigrant family on the Montclare, the McKenna family from Northern Ireland. You can read more about this image in the Chung Collection database.

Thank you to our featured researcher for sharing his story! If you have a Chung Collection story you would like to share, please email us at