Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Empress of Britain

The Empress of Britain was constructed over a three year period at John Brown Shipyard in Scotland. Owned and operated by Canadian Pacific, the ship was launched in 1931 and was used for Transatlantic service between Quebec City and England for three seasons of the year, becoming an all first class cruise ship in winter when the St. Lawrence was frozen.

 At the beginning of the war it was painted grey and did duty as a troop ship until being attacked on Oct 26, 1940 near Ireland by a patrolling German Condor. The ship caught fire and was evacuated. The next day a German submarine arrived to attack with torpedoes and the Empress of Britain sank at 2:05 on October 28. 


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