Empress of Australia
1922 (Mercator M-419a)
- Type: Passenger
- Displacement: 21,860 tons
- Dimensions: 615 x 75 ft.
- Machinery: Steam turbines, twin screws = 16.5 knots
- Passengers: 1,513 (404 first class, 165 second class, 270 third class,
- Builder: Vulkan Shipyards, Stettin, Germany, 1914-20
- Service: Intended for Hamburg-America Line as Admiral von Tirpitz,
but name changed to Tirpitz. Launched 1913, but remained uncompleted
throughout the First World War. Ceded to Britain, 1920; completed and used as a
troopship. Sold to Canadian Pacific Steamships, 1921, and provisionally named
Empress of China and then permanently as Empress of Australia.
Vancouver-Far East service, 1922-27. Rescue work in the great Tokyo earthquake,
September 1923. Southampton-Quebec service and cruising, 1927-39. Troopship,
1939-52. Scrapped in Scotland, 1952.