World War: Empress Down

The Canadian Government last week mourned the loss of 140 officers & men in the 1,375-ton destroyer Margaree, commissioned only two months ago, which collided with a merchant ship in convoy returning from Great Britain. Same day as this news broke, the British Admiralty confirmed a more stunning loss to Canada.

The 42,348-ton luxury liner Empress of Britain, flagship of the Canadian Pacific fleet, tenth largest of the world's liners, was attacked by a German bombing plane 60 miles off the northwest coast of Ireland. Despite heroic action by the Empress' anti-aircraft crew, a heavy bomb struck the ship, set her afire....

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