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Name Official number Flag IMO
EMPRESS OF BRITAIN  162582  GBR   
Year built Date launched Date completed
1931  11/06/1930  04/1931 
Vessel type Vessel description
Passenger Liner  Steel Steam Turbine  
Builder Yard Yard no
John Brown & Co Ltd., Clydebank Clydebank  530 
 

Tonnage Length Breadth Depth Draft
42348 grt / 22545 nrt / 733.3 ft  97.8 ft  56.0 ft  32.0 ft 
Engine builder John Brown & Co Ltd., Clydebank
Engine detail
4 - Screw. 12xSteam turbines SR geared to 4 screw shafts 425lb. 12753NHP, 24knots 

First owner First port of register Registration date
Canadian Pacific Railway Co. - Canadian Pacific Steamships Ltd., London  London   
Other names
 
Subsequent owner and registration history
Requisitioned 24/11/1939 Painted warship grey. 
Vessel history
Left yard Sun.05/04/1931.tugs Flying Spray,Flying Foam,Flying Kite,Flying Eagle and Paladin.
Tue.07/04/1931 sails to Mersey for drydocking Gladstone Graving Dock. Left Sat.11/04/1931. Trials over Mon.13 and Tue.14/04/1931.Arran mile 25.52knots.
16/04/1931 Arrives Southampton.Maiden voyage 27/05/1931
Cherbourg to Quebec 5days,30mins. a new record.
 
Remarks
First Class 465 - Tourist Class 260 - Third Class 470 - Officers & Crew 714 =1909
Did 8 World Cruises. covering 81 ports and 23 countries and 146 days Southampton to Southampton. 
End year Fate / Status
1940  Torpedoed 28/10/1940 
Disposal Detail
26/10/1940 attacked by German aircraft, bombed and set on fire,in position 54.53N - 10.49W
28/10/1940 attacked again by U.32 and torpedoed and sank in 55.16N - 09.50W
Largest British merchant ship lost in WW2. 
 

 



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