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Empress of Britain

Canadian-Pacific Railway Company

Image of ss Empres of Britain (Canadian-Pacific Railway Company)

Length: 548.8 ft.
Breadth: 65.7 ft.
Draft (or Depth): 36.7 ft.
Tonnage: 14,189 tons (gross), 9,774 (underdeck), 8,024 (net)
Engines: Quadruple expansion, 8 cyl. (2) 36", (2) 52", (2) 75", (2) 108" x 69" stroke
Speed: 18 knots
Builder: Fairfield & Company, Ltd., Glasgow, Scotland (Yard No. 442)
Launched: November 11, 1905
Maiden Voyage: May 5, 1906
Disposition: June 17, 1930 - Sold for scrapping.

Port of Registry: London, England
Flag of Registry: British
Funnel color: Buff with red and white checkerboard design
Company flag: Two rows of red and white blocks; top row, white-red-white, bottom row red-white-red.
Signal Letters: H C G J
Wireless call letters: M P B
Details: Steel hull, two funnels, twin screws, wireless.


Relationship to Titanic disaster / inquiries.

April 12, 1912

Eastbound, Halifax to Liverpool: At 11 a.m., transmitted a wireless "greeting" to Titanic.

April 16, 1912

In a post accident report her captain stated that on April 9, they had passed through an immense ice field in the vicinity of 43°28'N., 49°36'W.



Built and engined by Fairfield & Co., Ltd., Glasgow (Yard No. 442).

November 11, 1905


May 5, 1906

Maiden voyage, Liverpool - Quebec.

July 27, 1912

Collided with and sank the SS Helvetia off Cape Madelaine, lower St. Lawrence River.


War service, first as armed merchant cruiser, later (1915) as a troop transport.

March 23, 1919

Returned to owner; resumed service Liverpool - St. John, New Brunswick. Converted to fuel oil. Renamed Montroyal. Modified: Gross tonnage, 15,646.

September 7, 1929

Last voyage, Southampton - Cherbourg - Quebec.

June 17, 1930

Sold for £37,000 for scrapping.


Courtesy: John P. Eaton. Used with permission.
Image Courtesy: Jeff Newman and greatships.net