Duchess of Atholl was launched at W. Beardmore & Co., Glasgow, by
her namesake in 1927. Although launched two months before her sister
Duchess of Bedford, the ship's completion was delayed by an accident
which damaged some of her machinery during fitting out. As a result,
her maiden voyage from Liverpool to Montréal began on 13 July 1928,
six weeks after Duchess of Bedford's. For a month in 1928, Duchess
of Atholl held the record for an eastbound crossing from Canada to
Liverpool, at 6 days, 13 hours.
Duchess of Atholl remained in Canadian Pacific's North Atlantic service
until she was taken over as a troopship in 1940. She was still serving
in that role when she was torpedoed and sunk by U178, 200 miles from
Ascension Island on 10 October 1942. There were four fatalities among
the 830 passengers and crew.
Duchess of Bedford/Empress of France (II);
Duchess of Richmond/Empress of Canada (II);
Duchess of Cornwall/Duchess of York.