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Empress of Australia

British ship carrying Norwegian soldiers meant to assist the Russians in the liberation of Norway. The German capitulation followed so soon there was not much military aid needed. Is this ship what comes under the category Royal Navy auxilliary?

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Possibly CP "Empress of Australia" (1914; 21,498) ex "Tirpitz" of HAL. I think they were still legally merchant ships, chartered from owners and managed by Ministry of War Transport.
 

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Yes it has to be the ex Tirpitz, I am sitting with a book on HAL in my lap with a large picture of the Tirptz, and the two others of her class. William O'Swald as Resolute was bombed and burnt in 43. Johann Heinrich Burchard as Reliance burnt without any outside involvement in 38. Besides it is only the Tirpitz that fits with perfection.

I am not that sure about putting her in the Passenger Liners & Cruise Ships category though, but I will trust you until protests are made by others. Thanks for the ID.
 

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The Captain with the telescope... must be blind! At that close range he can't read the signal flags!!!!

Stein, Which HAL book? I am looking at Vol 2, GREAT PASSENGER SHIPS OF THE WORLD, Kludas. page 49. It shows the 'same' photo/ Close up, it is not the same photo, but must have been taken a matter of seconds apart from the one that you have. The wave is slightly different and the land in the background has moved... just a touch.

You could put under either. She became a trooper in 1939 and remained that way after the war and as a trooper until scrapped in 1952.

Stephen
 

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Bischofff/Kludas Die Schiffe der Hamburg-Amerika Linie, volume 2 1907-1926, Die Tirpitz-Klasse, pp 68-69-70. But now I have dragged out Arnold Kludas: Die Grossen Passagierschiffe der Welt, volume 2 1913 - 1923, and there on the bottom of page 49 is indeed a photograph that must have been taken on the same breath by the photographer. One may observe the signal flags being in the same formation on both photos.

My posted photo has the tags (in Norwegian) Second mountain company. Second World War. Liberation. First Norwegian soldiers to North-Norway.
 

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