Friday, August 6, 2010

De Grasse

SS De Grasse, laid down as Suffren, was an 18,000-ton ocean liner built in 1920-1924 by Cammell Laird, Birkenhead, United Kingdom for the French Compagnie Generale Transatlantique, and launched in February 1924.
She operated on the CGT Havre-New York service until 1940, when seized by the Germans.
De Grasse was sunk by gunfire at Bordeaux on August 30th, 1944.
The 1947 refit removed one funnel:
She was refitted for Canadian Pacific Steamships in 1953, then renamed in that same year as the Empress of Australia.
She was sold in 1956 to Sicula Oceanica; and after refit, the ship was renamed Venezuela.
The ship was wrecked off Cannes on 16 March 1962; and she was broken up at La Spezia in August the same year.

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