This vessel was originally built as TIRPITZ for the Hamburg-Amerika Line in Germany being launched incomplete just prior to WW1. The Tirpitz was 21,861 GRT, & 615 x 75 feet with Twin screw, turbines. At the end of the war she was placed under P & O management, bought by Canadian Pacific and renamed EMPRESS OF CHINA July 28, 1921. Following an overhaul in 1922 she was renamed EMPRESS OF AUSTRALIA. She was selected to act as the Royal Yacht to take King George VI and the Queen to Canada. She sailed from Portsmouth May 6, 1939 and arrived two days late in Quebec due to dense fog. She continued on the Quebec run until the outbreak of War whereupon she became a troopship. It was in this role that she would remain for the next 13 years. EMPRESS OF AUSTRALIA worked world wide in trooping in every theatre of war. She was never repainted from the wartime grey & she continued to carry troops up to another overhaul in Liverpool in 1951. The following year after her 70th trooping voyage she was sold. Bought for scrap, she sailed from the Mersey to Inverkeithing, May 8, 1952. A nice little souvenir Tea Caddy Spoon from this great old ship.
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