canadian Canadian Pacific Steamships (Canadian Pacific Ocean Serv., Canadian Pacific Nav., Canadian Pacific Railway) SS Empress of Asia [+1942]
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general
nationality canadian
purpose transport
type passenger ship
propulsion steam turbine
date built 1913
status
unknown
details
weight (tons) 16909  grt
dimensions 180.44 x 21.03 x 12.8 m
material steel
engine 4 x Steam turbines, 4 shafts, 4 screws
power  
speed 20  knots
yard no. 485
IMO/Off. no. 135226
about the loss
cause lost air raid
date lost 05/02/1942  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.16rank: 640
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builder
Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. Ltd., Govan
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Canadian Pacific Steamships (Canadian Pacific Ocean Serv., Canadian Pacific Nav., Canadian Pacific Railway), Liverpool
captain
no. of crew 1820
about the wreck
depth (m.) 13 max. / 10.7 min. (m)
orientation
protected
war grave
updates
entered by Claes Johnny
entered 26/10/2007
last update Allen Tony
last update 20/05/2013
 
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Claes Johnny26/10/2007The EMPRESS OF ASIA, after embarking troops, sailed from Liverpool for Africa on November 12th, 1941, on what was to become the ship’s final voyage. Freetown was reached on November 26th, 1941, and while en route to Capetown the attack on Pearl harbour occurred, expanding the war into the Asia and the Pacific.

Christmas Day was spent at Durban where orders were received to disembark the troops on board and to proceed to Bombay. Bombay was reached on January 14th, 1942 and the EMPRESS OF ASIA embarked 2200 troops and sailed for Singapore on January 19th, 1942....

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Canadian Pacific Steamships (Canadian Pacific Ocean Serv., Canadian Pacific Nav., Canadian Pacific Railway), Liverpool

Canadian Pacific was a Canadian company which owned ships, trains and planes:

The original company was Canadian Pacific Railway Co. incorporated in 1882 as a Canadian company.

In 1901, Canadian Pacific Navigation Co. was bought.

In 1915, Canadian Pacific Ocean Services Ltd. was formed in Liverpool.

In 1921 the name was changed to Canadian Pacific Steamships Ltd.

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 Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. Ltd., Govan
Between the two World Wars Fairfield, Glasgow's largest shipyard, built many famous ships for customers which included Anchor Line, Donaldson Line, Canadian Pacific Line and Orient Line. A financial crisis at Fairfield in 1965 led to the formation of Upper Clyde Shipbuilders. UCS collapsed in 1971, but a determined campaign by shipyard workers ensured that the yard survived as Govan Shipbuilders. - The yard was sold in 1988 to the Norwegian company Kvaerner. Kvaerner Govan specialised in the design and build of large, sophisticated gas and chemical carriers as well as specialist, one-off vessels for a wide range of uses. Defence contractors BAE Systems acquired the yard in 1999, after Kvaerner decided to pull out of shipbuilding. As the sole remaining builder of merchant ships in Glasgow, the yard has strong hopes of future prosperity in the 21st century.

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Claes Johnny26/10/2007The EMPRESS OF ASIA, after embarking troops, sailed from Liverpool for Africa on November 12th, 1941, on what was to become the ship’s final voyage. Freetown was reached on November 26th, 1941, and while en route to Capetown the attack on Pearl harbour occurred, expanding the war into the Asia and the Pacific.

Christmas Day was spent at Durban where orders were received to disembark the troops on board and to proceed to Bombay. Bombay was reached on January 14th, 1942 and the EMPRESS OF ASIA embarked 2200 troops and sailed for Singapore on January 19th, 1942.

On February 4th, 1942 the ship, as part of a convoy that included the FELIX ROUSSEL, PLANCIUS, DEVONSHIRE, and the CITY OF CANTERBURY and led by H.M.S. EXETER, was attacked in Banka Straits by an aircraft formation. However no direct hits were encountered.

The next day, February 5th, 1942, another aerial bombardment occurred that resulted in several direct hits that soon set the mid-section of the ship ablaze. The ship was subsequently anchored and abandoned. Many ships came to the rescue of the crew and passengers of the EMPRESS OF ASIA and were responsible for greatly reducing loss of life.

These vessels included the H.M.A.S. BENDIGO, H.M.A.S. WOLLONGONG, H.M.A.S. YARRA, H.M.S. DANAE, and H.M.I.S. SUTLEJ.

The H.M.A.S. YARRA, under the command of Lieutenant Commander W.H. Harrington RAN, was particularly prominent in rescue, pulling along side the burning ship and taking off over a thousand survivors. Harrington drew attention to the courageous conduct of one YARRA sailor, Leading Seaman Ronald Taylor.
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