A GLIPSE OF THE CANADIAN PACIFIC LINERS

Ad from Holiday Magazine in 1947…

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This nostalgic and highly detailed painting by Gordon Bauwens shows the liner anchored off Greenock in 1960.

The family of a serving officer watch from the Esplanade as the liner Empress of Britain, attended by a Clyde puffer, prepares for her imminent transatlantic departure. The turbine steamer Queen Mary II on a day-cruise ‘doon the watter’ from Glasgow, sweeps down the main channel behind. This superb quality ‘Memories of an Empress’ Artist-signed limited edition prints are carefully produced using fade-resistant inks on heavy, acid-free art paper. Each has its numbered Certificate of Authenticity, printed on attractive marbled parchment paper. Order these wonderful prints by clicking here.

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Empress of Canada

Fondly remembered by many a child of the 1950s and 60s as the ‘big white ships’, Canadian Pacific’s final generation Empress liners were undoubtedly among the most distinctive and finest looking post-war passenger ships built in Britain.

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Single First Class Cabin – Empress of Canada

Empress of Britain was launched by HM The Queen from the Fairfield Shipyard, Glasgow, in June 1955. The 640-foot (197 m) 25,516 grt liner entered service on the UK – Canada transatlantic routes the following year.

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Garden Lounge

Joined by her Tyne-built sisters, Empress of England in 1957 and Empress of Canada in 1961, this handsome trio provided a reliable and regular service from Liverpool and Greenock to Quebec and Montreal.

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Shopping Arcade

Although sold by Canadian Pacific in 1964 due to the ever growing popularity of jet air travel, Empress of Britain was still operating in 2001 as a cruise liner (Topaz), as indeed was her younger sister, Empress of Canada.

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About Michael L. Grace

MICHAEL L. GRACE is part of the award winning team that created the internationally performed award winning musical SNOOPY, based on PEANUTS by Charles M. Schultz. SNOOPY continues to be one of the most produced shows (amateur & stock) in America/Worldwide and has had long running productions in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and in London's West End. There are over 100 individual productions every year. He has written movies for TV, including the award-winning thriller LADY KILLER, various pilots and developed screenplays for Kevin Costner and John Travolta. Besides co-writing and co-producing SNOOPY, he wrote and produced the one-man play KENNEDY. He produced P.S. YOUR CAT IS DEAD by pulitzer prize winning author James Kirkwood. He wrote the stage thriller FINAL CUT which had productions in the UK, South Africa and Australia. His one-man play, KENNEDY - THE MAN BEHIND THE MYTH, was developed for HBO and has starred Andrew Stevens, Gregory Harrison and Joseph Bottoms. He has recently been involved in European productions with CLT-UFA, Europe's leading commercial television and radio broadcaster. He wrote MOWs THE DOLL COLLECTION, THE BOTTOM LINE and LAST WITNESS for German television. While in college and graduate school he worked as a foreign correspondent for COMBAT, the famous leftwing Paris daily, and as a travel writer. He visited more than 50 countries. He struggled as an actor, then joined the enemy and entered the training program at William Morris. He became a publicist and worked for Colonel Tom Parker, Elvis Presley's manager, at Paramount and MGM. He followed with a brief stint as a story executive, working in the frantic horror genre period of the early 80s and wrote THE UNSEEN. He went onto write for episodic television and develop series pilots. He was a continuing writer on such series such as LOVE BOAT, PAPER DOLLS, and KNOTS LANDING. He developed screenplays for such major award winning directors as Nicolas Meyers, Tony Richardson and J. Lee Thompson. He has written for all the major networks and studios. He has been hired numerous times as a script doctor, doing many uncredited rewrites on TV movies and features. He is currently writing A PERSON OF INTEREST, a thriller novel, and, IT'S THE LOVE BOAT... AND HOW IT CHANGED CRUISING BY SHIP a non-fiction book dealing with how the hit TV series as a major cultural phenomenon and altered the style of cruising by ship. He was raised in Los Angeles. He attended St. Paul's, USC and the Pasadena Playhouse. He received a B.A from San Francisco State University where he majored in theatre arts and minored in creative writing. He is listed as a SFSU leading alumni. He also apprenticed at ACT - The American Conservatory Theatre. For a brief period he had intentions of becoming an Episcopal(Anglican) priest and attended seminary at Kelham Theological College in the UK. When "the calling" wasn't there, he left seminary and did graduate work at the American University of Beirut. He has guest lectured at USC, UC San Diego, McGill, Univ. of London and the Univ. of Texas on the business aspects of making a living and surviving as a writer, focusing on development hell, in the Hollywood entertainment industry. Grace is a lifetime member of the Writers Guild of America, the Dramatist Guild and former regional chairman of the Steamship Historical Society of America. He resides in Palm Springs.