May 6 1916 - Notable Passengers

The EMPRESS OF ASIA, commanded by Captain A. Wellesley

Davison, concluded a Pacific crossing upon reaching Vancouver on May 6th, 1916.  This voyage was the first crossing of the Pacific by the EMPRESS OF ASIA after having been released by naval authorities from wartime assignments as an Armed Merchant Cruiser.  The ship was released during October of 1915 and returned to Canadian Pacific Steamships.  A complete overhaul was performed at Hong Kong and the ship returned to the mercantile service sailing for Vancouver during April of 1916.  Captain Edward Beetham, CPR Marine Superintendent, arrived at Hong Kong early in 1916 and supervised the overhaul to both the EMPRESS OF ASIA and EMPRESS OF RUSSIA.

Shortly before leaving Hong Kong, Captain Davison left his position as commander of the EMPRESS OF RUSSIA and assumed command of the EMPRESS OF ASIA from Captain Robinson.  Captain Robinson became commander of the EMPRESS OF RUSSIA.

Senior Officers of the EMPRESS OF ASIA on this voyage:

A. Wellesley Davison


G. M. Douglas

Chief Officer

Dr. Moore-Graham


W. J. Davis

Chief Engineer

E. Snyder


T. J. Bridge

Chief Steward

On this crossing a large Saloon Class passenger list of 330 was reported as well as 50 Second Class and 250 Steerage passengers.

Notable passengers aboard EMPRESS OF ASIA arriving at Vancouver on May 6th, 1916.


W. F. Willoughby

Constitutional advisor to the Government of China.

Dr. J. C. Ferguson


Captain Edward Beetham

CPR Marine Superintendent.

Dr. H. E. Stafford

Of Manila.

Newton W. Gilbert

Of Manila, former Vice-Governor of the Philippines.

W. R. Warner

Of Warner & Swazey, optical instrument manufacturers of Cleveland.

Reverend J. L. Dearing

Missionary in the far East.


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