Pre-WW2 Canadian Pacific – SS Duchess of York ‘Race Card’
Printed card for on-board gambling ‘race’ using dice
Great shipping and horse racing graphic.
’10 % gross receipts deducted for Seamens’ Charities’.
15.5 x 11.5 cm.
Some browning around edges of cover.
SS Duchess of York was a 20,021 ton ocean liner operated by the Canadian Pacific Steamship Company. Built in 1928 in Clydebank by the shipbuilders John Brown & Company, she was originally intended to be named Duchess of Cornwall. However agreement was reached with Red Funnel company to swap names with the latter's paddle steamer Duchess of York, launched in 1896.
She was sunk in 1943 off Spain after being damaged by long range German bombers.
Duchess of York was one of the several sturdy Canadian Pacific liners which were known as "Drunken Duchesses" for their lively performance in heavy seas. She was built as a sister ship to the SS Duchess of Bedford, the SS Duchess of Atholl, and the SS Duchess of Richmond. The vessel was created for transatlantic service; and she was employed on the Liverpool to Quebec and Montreal route. During the winter months when the St. Lawrence was frozen (typically November to April), she sailed to Saint John, New Brunswick.