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PW155 STS Empress of England

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PW155 STS Empress of England
STS “Empress of England”
Built by Vickers Armstrong Ltd,Walker Naval Yard,
Walker on Tyne,
Yard No. 155
Launched  9th May 1956 by Lady Eden.
Maiden Voyage 18th April 1957 Liverpool, Quebec and Montreal.
25,585 grt Length overall 640feet  breadth 85 feet.
Powered by twin screws driven by twin sets of double reduction geared Parsons turbines
Producing 30,000 shaft horse power.
Total passenger capacity:1,058 158 first class, 900 tourist.
Air conditioned throughout she had cargo space of 380,650 cubic feet capacity of which 80,000 was refrigerated.
She replaced the “Empress of Scotland” in 1957 and in 1962 commenced the final cruising careers of the CP Passenger Ships.
In December of 1962 during a gale, she broke adrift in Gladstone Dock Liverpool colliding with the cargo ship “Hindustan”.
During October 1963 she was chartered to the Travel Savings Association,her first cruise commencing from Capetown together with“Empress of Britain”.Coming off charter in April 1964,she returned to the Liverpool Montreal service which she continued to operate uninterrupted until 31st March 1970.
On 1st April she was sold to Shaw Savill and Albion and subsequently renamed “Ocean Monarch”making one voyage Liverpool via Southampton to Australia for “Expo 70”.
In September she arrived at Cammell Laird Shiprepairers yard entering the“Princess Dry Dock” to undergo a refit to a one class ship with lido decks and swimming pools,these facilities replacing her cargo spaces.
Her passenger capacity was to increase to 1,372 (one class).

Departing the Mersey on17th September1971 she sailed for Southampton and following a one way cruise to the Mediterranean she was predominantly based in the Southern hemisphere sailing out of Australia and New Zealand with calls in the Pacific at various ports.
She was withdrawn from service on 13th June 1975 and subsequently arrived at Kaohsiung for scrapping on 17th June that year.
The ship is depicted being manoeuvred by tugs of the Alexandra Towing Company in West Gladstone Dock Liverpool en-route to the Princes Landing Stage to embark passengers bound for Montreal.
This illustration is one of a series depicting locally built and operated ships.