photographic postcard, publisher/date not known,
vessels' history hand-written on back,
5.5" x 3.5", 140mm x 90mm (approx)
our ref: SRZ154
CAP NORTE (Hamburg-Sud)
Passenger liner built by the Vulcan Works, Hamburg, that entered service in 1922 as Cap Norte for the Hamburg-South America Line, Her route was Hamburg to Rio De Janeiro, Santos, Montevideo and Buenos Aires. In 1932 she was chartered to Norddeutscher Lloyd and renamed Sierra Salvada, returning to her original owners and name in 1934. In October 1939 whilst trying to return to Hamburg she was intercepted by the cruiser HMS Belfast and taken as a war prize. Refitted as a troop ship she was renamed Empire Trooper, managed by British India Line. On Christmas Day 1940 she was badly damaged in an encounter with the German cruiser Admiral Hipper but managed to make Ponta Delgada in the Azores. She was later repaired and resumed her role as a troopship. In 1949 she was converted at Falmouth into a peacetime troopship able to carry 336 cabin passengers as well as 924 troops. Broken up at Inverkeithing in 1955.