Seen at Pier 18 is the Canadian Pacific Line's Empress of Britain. The Empress was the largest vessel ever built for a Canadian line, in 1931. In 1939 she became a troop transport and in October 1940 she was bombed and heavily damaged by Luftwaffe patrol aircraft. While under tow she was sunk by a German submarine, the largest noncombatant to be lost in the war.

Alongside the Empress of Britain is the USS Pennsylvania (BB-38). She was commissioned in 1916, the first of her class. She survived the war and both of the Bikini Atoll atomic tests and was scuttled in 1948. The Pennsylvania earned 8 battle stars for her service during WWII.

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