Empress of Asia


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Historical Overview

The Empress of Asia, built by Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering at Govan Scotland, was launched in 1912 and completed during May of 1913. The EMPRESS OF ASIA was owned by Canadian Pacific Steamships Ltd., and with the exception of assignments during both World Wars she spent her entire commercial life transporting cargo and passengers from the Orient to British Columbia, Canada.

During World War I the EMPRESS OF ASIA became an auxiliary cruiser and was deployed in Asia and the Middle East and later served as a troop carrier on the Atlantic.

The following are the two flags that the EMPRESS OF ASIA flew:

                           The Canadian Pacific Steamships flag:                    The Canadian "Red Ensign":  


During World War II, the ship was converted to a troop carrier in January of 1941 and left Vancouver the following month for Liverpool.  The EMPRESS OF ASIA carried troops from Halifax to Liverpool, supported the Allied campaign in North Africa through a visit to the Red Sea. The final voyage of the Canadian Pacific Steamships Ltd. ship EMPRESS OF ASIA began on November 1941, when the ship sailed from Liverpool carrying troops and supplies and bound for Africa, Bombay and Singapore. While in the South Atlantic World War Two expanded to include Japan. On February 5th, 1942 while in convoy approaching Singapore the EMPRESS OF ASIA was lost by enemy action.  Most of the Deck Crew and Engine Crew managed to escape the surrender of Singapore and were repatriated.  Most of the Catering Crew served at the Singapore General Hospital after the loss of the EMPRESS OF ASIA and were interned as Prisoners of War.

Empress of Asia at Vancouver

 Empress of Asia Specifications  

-    Built by Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering at Govan Scotland

-    Completed during May of 1913

-    Official Number: ON135226  

-    Port of Registry: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

-    Overall Length: 592 feet

-    Width: 68.2 feet

-    Gross Tonnage: 16090 tons

-    Net Tonnage: 8883 tons

-    Lost as the result of enemy activity off Sultan Shoal on February 5th 1942

Empress of Asia at Victoria

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