Item ID1753 - She never was a lady

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She never was a lady

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CA MNBM ID1753

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  • 1953 (Creation)
    Creator
    Schull, Joseph
  • 1953 (Broadcasting)
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    Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
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2.5 cm of textual records

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(1906-1980)

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The radio play "She Never Was A Lady" was presented by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in 1953. It told the story of the "Marco Polo," the famous Saint John-built ship. The play was produced and directed by J. Frank Willis, supervisor of features as part of the "Days of Sail" CBC series.

Joseph Schull (1906-1980), the author of the script, grew up in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. He was an historian, a radio dramatist and a journalist who wrote several official histories, a major biography of Wilfrid Laurier and an account of the rebellions of 1837.

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This copy of the script of She Never Was A Lady was sent to the New Brunsiwick Museum when George MacBeath, curator of the Canadian History Department wrote to Joseph Schull, who in turn forwarded the request for a script to the CBC

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This is the script of the radio play "She Never was a Lady" about the sailing ship "Marco Polo". The "Marco Polo" was constructed in Saint John, New Brunswick, by James Smith. It was purchased by James Barnes of Black Ball Line of Australian packets. On its first run to Australia in 1852, Captain James Forbes boasted that he would have the ship back on the Mersey within 6 months, which was an unheard of feat in those days. Captain Forbes arrived back in Liverpool in 5 months and 21 days. Over the years, the "Marco Polo" routinely kept very fast times. The ship was lost in 1883 and off Cavendish, Prince Edward Island.

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This copy of the script of She Never Was A Lady was sent to the New Brunsiwick Museum when George MacBeath, curator of the Canadian History Department wrote to Joseph Schull, who in turn forwarded the request for a script to the CBC

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