Empress of Britain (Ship : 1930-1940)

Flagship passenger liner of the Canadian Pacific Line, built by John Brown & Co, Clydebank, Scotland, and completed in June 1930 (42,348 gross tons). It was the second of three ships of that name owned by the Canadian Pacific Steamship Company. Used for passenger and mail service between in United Kingdom and Canada.

Her first sea trial was in May 1931. Its regular route was Southampton - Quebec. During the winter months it undertook world cruises, visiting New Zealand in 1938.

In September 1939 after the outbreak of World War II, the ship was requisitioned for troop transport use. In March 1940 the ship was sent to Australia and New Zealand to transport troops to Europe.

On 26th October 1940 it was disabled by a German bomber, and then torpedoed and sunk by a U boat off the west coast of Ireland. It was the largest Allied passenger ship to be sunk during World War Two.

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Date: 1936 Ref: Eph-A-SHIP-1937/1938 Description: Includes: 1937: A form of thanksgiving to Almighty God for the work of the Merchant Navy. St Paul's Pro-Cathedral Wellington, 24 October 1937. Order of servi...
Date: 1940-1945 From: Marsack, Charles Croft, 1892-1987 : War memoirs Ref: MSY-7121 Description: Volume is a chronicle written by Marsack drawing on the details recorded in his personal World War Two diaries. It is a bound typed transcription with the ti...
Date: 1940 From: New Zealand. Department of Internal Affairs. War History Branch :Photographs relating to World War 1914-1918, World War 1939-1945, occupation of Japan, Korean War, and Malayan Emergency Ref: PAColl-4161-01-032-1 Description: Departure of Second Echelon troops from Wellington and Lyttelton, May 1940 Quantity: 93 b&w original photographic print(s).
Ship Empress of Britain moored at Pipitea Wharf, Wellington
Date: 1938 From: New Zealand Free Lance : Photographic prints and negatives Ref: 1/2-099964-G Description: The ship `Empress of Britain' moored at Pipitea Wharf, Wellington, 1938. The ferry `Muritai' is on the left. Photographer unidentified. Quantity: 1 b&w orig...
Date: [ca 1938] Ref: PAColl-9182 Description: Photographs of the passenger liner 'Empress of Britain' in Auckland Harbour, taken ca 1938 by an unknown photographer Source of title - Title supplied by Li...
The passenger ship Empress of Britain on Waitemata Harbour, Auckland
Date: 1938 From: Whites Aviation Ltd: Photographs Ref: WA-10065-G Description: Photograph taken by Leo White Quantity: 1 b&w original negative(s). Physical Description: Glass negative, 3.25 x 4.25 inches
The passenger ship Empress of Britain on Waitemata Harbour, Auckland
Date: 1938 From: Whites Aviation Ltd: Photographs Ref: WA-10061-G Description: Photograph taken by Leo White Quantity: 1 b&w original negative(s). Physical Description: Glass negative, 3.25 x 4.25 inches
Date: [Between 1938 and 1940] By: New Zealand Railways Ref: PA1-f-061 Description: Album of publicity photographs, and photographs of posters and advertisements taken by unidentified photographers for New Zealand Railways. Many of the image...
Date: 193? - 1937 By: Withiel-Thomas, Arthur, active 1935-1937?; Shand, Jocelyn, active 1990s? Ref: PAColl-3265 Description: Quantity: 11 b&w original photographic print(s). 1 colour original photographic print(s).
Date: [Circa 1910s-1940s] From: Kennedy, William Alexander, 1865-1950 :Photographs of the Southern Alps area By: Mitchell, John Wesley, 1884-1954; Frind, Herbert Otto, 1887-1961 Ref: PAColl-0959-04 Description: Scenic photographs of the Southern Alps, Lake Matheson and Lake Kanieri, Punakaiki and a bush railway near Hokitika, taken between circa 1910s to 1940s by v...
Date: 1931, 1940 By: Moxon, Richard Everitt, 1913?-2001 Ref: MS-Papers-11445 Description: Folder comprises a notebook which records the scores of the rugby games played by the Palmerston North Boys High School First Fifteen in 1931. The team playe...
Date: 1937, 1940-1942 By: Becker, Thelma, active 1942 Ref: PAColl-10214 Description: Photographs taken around New Zealand between 1937 and 1942 by Thelma Becker. They include images of buildings, scenery and landmarks. Usually dates and place...
Date: 1934 By: Canadian Pacific Railway Company; Waters, Sydney David, 1883-1965 Ref: Eph-G-SHIP-1934-01 Description: One side of the sheet shows six deck plans and a perspective drawing of the cruise ship "Empress of Britain". The other side shows photograph of the apartmen...
Date: 1937-1940 From: Kelly, Raymond Alwyn, 1917-1998 :Photograph albums Ref: PA1-o-1634 Description: Album relating to radio stations (2YA and ZLW), radio engineers, embarkation of troops, ships, Byrd's Antarctic Expedition, Bonds and Prestiege employee tour...
Date: 1938, 1966-1968 From: Dollimore, Edward Stewart, 1904-1973 : Papers Ref: 83-145-082 Description: Includes material re inaugural visit to Auckland of `Empress of Britain', 1938 Quantity: 1 folder(s).
Date: 1940 By: Canadian Pacific Railway Company; Waters, Sydney David, 1883-1965 Ref: Eph-B-SHIP-1940-01 Description: Booklet includes an account of the life and of the sinking of the ship; an account of her past commanders including the final one (Captain R G Latta, Captain...
Empress of Britain, Auckland Wharves
Date: 1938 From: Whites Aviation Ltd: Photographs Ref: WA-03486-G Description: Aerial view of the 'Empress of Britain' at Auckland Wharves, taken 1938 by Leo White Quantity: 1 b&w original negative(s). Physical Description: Dry plate ...
The passenger ship Empress of Britain on Waitemata Harbour, Auckland
Date: 1938 From: Whites Aviation Ltd: Photographs Ref: WA-10064-G Description: Photograph taken by Leo White Quantity: 1 b&w original negative(s). Physical Description: Glass negative, 3.25 x 4.25 inches
Auckland City waterfront, showing the Empress of Britain steam passenger ship docked at the wharf, with an unidentified ship alongside it on the right
Date: 1938 From: Whites Aviation Ltd: Photographs Ref: WA-03485-F Description: Aerial photograph taken by Leo White. Quantity: 1 b&w original negative(s). Physical Description: Glass negative, 4.75 x 6.5 inches
Auckland City waterfront, showing the Empress of Britain steam passenger ship docked at the wharf, with an unidentified ship alongside it on the right
Date: 1936 From: Whites Aviation Ltd: Photographs Ref: WA-03487-F Description: Aerial photograph taken by Leo White. Quantity: 1 b&w original negative(s). Physical Description: Glass negative, 4.75 x 6.5 inches