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29/04/2019
Passenger liner bound for war

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Convoy US3 carried New Zealand troops as well as Australian. The Kiwis were aboard the liners Aquitania, Empress of Britain, Empress of Japan and Andes. Some Aussies were also in these ships but most were aboard either Queen Mary, Aquitania or Mauritania II. Between them the seven ships transported about 18,000 men — three times their peacetime passenger numbers.

Beginning her maiden voyage in 1922, the Empress of Canada operated a trans-Pacific service from Vancouver to Japan, Hong Kong and China until 1939. After being converted to a troopship she became one of the first ships to carry Australian troops to World War II. Her career as a troopship was brought to an end in March 1943 when she was sunk by an Italian submarine off the coast of Liberia, West Africa.

BY MAURIE HUTCHINSON

President, Peninsula Ship Society

T: Maurie Hutchinson 9787 5780

E: mauriehutch@gmail.com

The Peninsula Ship Society meets at Hastings Yacht Club on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 10am. Visitors always welcome.

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