Day 7: day of arrival
        Wednesday, 7 December 1960
Final voyage of the "Empress of France"  
                Montreal to Liverpool
             Lewis Carter memorabilia
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Passenger List booklet
Captain and chiefs of staff
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Canadian Pacific Uniform Insignia
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Note: individual pages from the Passenger List booklet on this web site are not dated but have been included on various Days of the voyage as appropriate.  This Passenger List booklet, Wednesday, November 30th, 1960, also contains the names of the passengers, not included here in order to protect the privacy of passengers and family members. For
further information email Lewis Carter.

Before you go ashore                    Strange faces, other minds
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Upon arrival at Liverpool, on
Dec 7, 1960, the thirty-two
year old Empress of France
was offered for sale. She was
bought by the British Iron &
Steel Corporation for scrap.
The Empire Bar was dismantled and incorporated as the Empress Room in the Barry Hotel, Barry, Glamorgan.  The ship's bell was presented to Colonel J. Wallis, Army Headquarters, Ottawa.
Source:   Musk, G.   1981.
Canadian Pacific: the story of
the famous Shipping Line.  London: David and Charles Publ.
For further information,
read Empress of France
by Sue McPherson

Luncheon Menu, day of arrival
Front cover, and close-up
menu, Luncheon Menu
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Lewis Carter and his family went on to Wales, where they had lived previously and still had relatives. This was not the end of their travels, however. "When I was sixteen," Lewis says, "mum and dad decided to up sticks again and go back to Canada (on the Carinthia). . . . But we hadn't been there long," he added, "when mum seemed to have lost the adventure spirit. . . . So off I was sent on my own at sixteen, with train and boat tickets (on the
Empress of Canada) from Edmonton to Cardiff, to stay with my aunt until the rest of the
family came home . . . three and half days and 3500 miles by train ... then the boat trip ... then find my way from Liverpool to Cardiff.  It certainly made me grow up".   The family were reunited in Cardiff after nine months apart, but it was not until Lewis was twenty that they were all together again in Barry, S. Glamorgan, Wales. "Yes I'm a TAFF !!!!!" he says, laughing.

The voyage on the "Empress of France" has a special significance for Lewis. "The Barry Hotel Empress bar was my local pub," he says, "and I met and courted my future wife there as well. So the old Empress has had quite a bit to do with my life". The Barry Hotel, in which the bar from the Empress of France was installed, closed down a few years ago, he says. Besides the collection from this voyage on the Empress of France, Lewis has items of interest from his other voyages, on the Skaubryn (1956), the Carinthia (1966), and the Empress of Canada (1966).