February 27 1932 - Notable Passengers

The EMPRESS OF ASIA, commanded by L. D. Douglas, began a Pacific crossing upon sailing from Vancouver on February 27th, 1932.  

The voyage marked an unusually quick turn around, the ship having only arrived in British Columbia on the 22nd of February.  The quick turn around was necessary to achieve schedules disrupted through the dry-docking of the Canadian Pacific ships at Hong Kong for annual overhaul. 

The ship was held at Victoria until February 28th to allow passengers who had missed the departure at Vancouver to take the ferry to Victoria and board there.  The missed connection was the result of slides along the mountainous sections of the transcontinental rail line that caused a delay in the arrival at Vancouver of the train from eastern Canada.  

In the Orient, Captain Douglas would relinquish command of the EMPRESS OF ASIA to Captain A. V. R. Lovegrove.  Captain Douglas would become Master of the EMPRESS OF JAPAN.

Notable passengers embarking aboard EMPRESS OF ASIA on February 27th, 1932 at Vancouver and Victoria.


J. A. D. McCurdy

President of the Curtis Reid Aircraft Company.

Louis Beale

Commercial Attache to the British Legation at Peiping.

B. Powell

Of Movietone and Metrophone News, en route to Shanghai for the Hearst Corporation.

Mary Bush Williams

Of the International News Service en route to Shanghai to join celebrated war correspondent Floyd Gibbons.

Luang Chara

Secretary of the Siamese Legation, Washington.

H. B. R. Clarke

Managing Director of British Britannic Textiles Limited, London.

Professor G. H. Blakeslee

Of the United States Government Service.

Margaret Green

Embarked at Victoria en route to China to accept a position in nursing at a hospital.


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