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The picture above is typical of what might have been seen around Gladstone Dock in the late fifties. Although passengers would be joining the ship at the passenger terminal by the Liver Building within the next day or so crew members would join in advance. This scene shows off a series of attractive cars of the time, the family surrounding the Ford Zephyr wishes their father 'bon voyage' as he joins the EMPRESS OF ENGLAND for another trip to Montreal.
 

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It was announced on another web site over the weekend, that when the Peaceboat (Ex CP's Empress of Britain) finishes her tour on April 28th, that she has been sold for scrap.

Pity, as she's the last of the white empresses.
 

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A pity I agree but she is here in Sydney as I speak and she is looking very tired. Not the ship that used to grace the Mersey in the late 50s and early 60s but she still has good lines compared to the modern floating hotels. Sapphire Princess was in yesterday - as ugly as sin! I always thought the Canada was the best looking of the three but the Britain has done amazingly well to survive over 50yrs.
 
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