I refer to Gerard J Mahony’s letter entitled “Memories of Pier Head” on page 57 of the June 2018 issue of Sea Breezes.
As a matter of record, in the header photograph as captioned, identification of the vessel in the background as Empress of Canada is incorrect. Whilst at first glance, the CP ship could be either the earlier (mid 1950s) built Empress of Britain or sister Empress of England, closer scrutiny, however, reveals her to be the 1956 Fairfield SB & E built Empress of Britain. The latter’s navigation sidelight paired apertures were located at the extremities of her bridge wings and can just be seen on her starboard side in the photograph, whereas they were located one deck below the bridge aboard the 1957 Vickers-Armstrong’s built Empress of England. In addition, ‘Britain’ sported a total of 7 widely spaced square bridge windows, whilst the ‘England’ had 9 more closely spaced in two differing sizes.
The larger 1961 Vickers-Armstrong built Empress of Canada was generally of more HELP WANTED streamlined appearance than her earlier sisters, with a more raked superstructure forepart, but displaying a seemingly top-heavy appearance mainly due to a large deckhouse located immediately abaft her wheelhouse and whose height exceeded that of the wheelhouse/ monkey Island fairing combination. Empress of Canada was, in addition, equipped with a total of 11 closely spaced bridge windows and did not display the funnel top exhaust cowls of the earlier pair.