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Empress of Japan

Empress of Japan

The Empress of Japan was built in 1930 for the trans-Pacific services out of Vancouver of the Canadian Pacific Line. She was renamed Empress of Scotland in October 1942 following the entry of Japan into WW2. She was sold to Hamburg Atlantik Linie in 1957 and renamed Hanseatic. Badly damaged by fire in New York on 7th September 1966, towed to Hamburg, but considered unsuitable for repair.

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Great photo Stein ... as the "Empress of Scotland" in 1952 she had her masts shortened by almost 25 feet each in order to allow her to pass under the Juaque (spelling)Cartier Bridge to enter the Port of Montreal and was the largest ship ever to enter that port at the time. I joined her in Liverpool as 4th Mate and was aboard for discharge, shifting, loading and shifting to Prince's Landing Stage ... was really chuffed to be on her ( the engine telegraphs were almost as tall as me) but I was pulled off half hour before sailing to attend a Admiralty Court Case concerning a Stevedore Injury aboard the "Empress of Britain" ... very sorry to miss out on that trip but really enjoyed my next ship, the "Empress of Canada", Cheers, Snowy

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