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RMS Empress of Britain was an ocean liner built between 1928 and 1931

RMS, Empress of Britain Work began on the Empress of Britain on 28 November 1928 when the plates of her keel were laid at John Brown & Co, Clydebank, Scotland. She was launched on 11 June 1930 by HRH Prince of Wales. This was the first time that launching ceremonies in Britain were broadcast by radio to Canada and the United States.

The ship began sea trials on 11 April 1931 where she recorded 25.5 knots (47.2 km/h), and left Southampton on her maiden voyage to Quebec on 27 May 1931

RMS Empress of Britain During the War. Upon arrival, she was painted grey and laid up awaiting orders. Those came on 25 November 1939, when she was requisitioned as a troop transport. First, she did four transatlantic trips bringing troops from Canada to England. Then she was sent to Wellington, New Zealand, returning to Scotland in June, 1940 as part of the “million dollar convoy” of seven luxury liners — Empress of Britain, Empress of Canada, Empress of Japan, Queen Mary, Aquitania, Mauretania and Andes.

RMS During the War

Upon arrival, RMS was painted grey and laid up awaiting orders. Those came on 25 November 1939, when she was requisitioned as a troop transport. First, she did four transatlantic trips bringing troops from Canada to England. Then she was sent to Wellington, New Zealand, returning to Scotland in June, 1940 as part of the “million dollar convoy” of seven luxury liners — Empress of Britain, Empress of Canada, Empress of Japan, Queen Mary, Aquitania, Mauretania and Andes

In August, 1940, RMS transported troops to Suez (via Cape Town), returning with 224 military personnel and civilians, plus a crew of 419.