SS De Grasse

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RMS Empress of Australia Canadian Pacific Steamships postcard.jpg
Empress of Australia
  • 1924-1953: SS de Grasse
  • 1953-1956 RMS Empress of Australia
  • 1956-1962 Venezuela
Port of registry:
Builder: Cammell Laird, Birkenhead, United Kingdom
Way number: 886
Laid down: 23 March 1920
Launched: 23 February 1924
Completed: August 1924
Out of service: 1962
General characteristics
Class and type: Ocean liner
Tonnage: 17,759 tons
Length: 168.3 metres (552 ft)
Beam: 21.8 metres (72 ft)

SS De Grasse was an ocean liner built in 1920–1924 by Cammell Laird, Birkenhead, United Kingdom for the Compagnie Generale Transatlantique, and launched in February 1924.[1]

Canadian Pacific[edit]

She was refitted for Canadian Pacific Steamships in 1953, then renamed in that same year as the Empress of Australia.[1]

Sicula Oceanica[edit]

She was sold in 1956 to Sicula Oceanica; and after refit, the ship was renamed Venezuela.[1]

The ship was wrecked off Cannes on 16 March 1962; and she was broken up at La Spezia in August the same year.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Haworth, R.B. Miramar Ship Index: ID #1185887

Further reading[edit]

  • Haworth, R.B. Miramar Ship Index: ID #1185887.
  • Tate, E. Mowbray. (1986). Transpacific Steam: The Story of Steam Navigation from the Pacific Coast of North America to the Far East and the Antipodes, 1867-1941. New York: Cornwall Books. ISBN 978-0-8453-4792-8 (cloth)