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RMS Empress of Canada

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1929. The 13,000 S.H.P. Starboard Turbine Unit of the Empress of Canada

The "Empress of Canada" completed in 1922 by the Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering Co, Ltd., for the Canadian Pacific Steamship Co, was an ocean liner of the highest class, and the speed of 19 knots.[1]

This Empress was a 21,517 ton, 653-foot ocean liner. The ship was launched 18 August 1920 with a notable speech by the general manager of the Canadian Pacific Ocean Services, Ltd., Sir Thomas Fisher, noted the approximately $6,800,000 price compared to a pre-war cost of about $2,200,000 and cost of operation that had risen at least 350 per cent had forced first class fares from $76 to $202 (based on a $4 to the pound sterling) and predicted dire consequences for shipping and the British Empire.[1] A planned world tour, planned for the spring of 1921, was announced cancelled due to labour disturbances making on schedule completion doubtful.[2]

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