SHIPBUILDING - "EMPRESS OF BRITAIN" Q.S.S. "Empress of Britain" Built by Messrs. John Brown & Co. Ltd., Clydebank, for the Canadian Pacific Railway Co., [1931]

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SHIPBUILDING - "EMPRESS OF BRITAIN"
Q.S.S. "Empress of Britain" Built by Messrs. John Brown & Co. Ltd., Clydebank, for the Canadian Pacific Railway Co., [1931]

Sold for £ 1,530 (US$ 1,890) inc. premium
SHIPBUILDING - "EMPRESS OF BRITAIN"
Q.S.S. "Empress of Britain" Built by Messrs. John Brown & Co. Ltd., Clydebank, for the Canadian Pacific Railway Co., 45pp. of text (interleaved, one blank loose), 9 large folding blueprint plans of each deck (190 x 1160mm., one with small loss at 2 folds), 7 folding blueprint plans of construction details (175 x 510mm.), all on stubs, original black morocco, gilt lettered "Q.S.S. 'Empress of Britain" on upper covers, worn at extremities, 8vo, [1931]

Footnotes

  • Extremely detailed blueprint plans for the luxury ocean liner Empress of Britain, built between 1928 and 1931 by the John Brown shipyard, Clydebank in Scotland for the Canadian Pacific Railway. At 42,348 gross tons, with room for nearly 1200 passengers, the ship could cross the Atlantic between Quebec and Southampton in five days, Toronto-based The Globe newspaper hailing the maiden voyage (launched by the Prince of Wales) as "a historic event in the record of Canadian advancement". In 1939 the ship was requisitioned for troop transport during the war, and sunk by a German U-boat in October 1940.

    Provenance: John Brown & Company... Shipbuilding Department, purple ink stamp on title, with ink initials of an employee beside "Examined by...", dated 4 July 1931.
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