April 15 1928 - Notable Passengers

The EMPRESS OF ASIA concluded a Pacific crossing upon reaching Vancouver on April 15th, 1928. A smooth passage from Yokohama was described.  A passenger list of 550 was reported. At Victoria 183 tons of cargo were discharged and at Vancouver 4,129 tons.  A total of 1,340 bags of mail were discharged at Victoria, 38 bags for Victoria delivery, 21 bags for delivery to the United States by airplane, and the remainder ordinary mail for the United States. 

A passenger on this voyage, Toichiro Araki, of Japan was engaged in race around the world by using only conventionally established services.  The Tokyo newspaper Jiri Shimpo organized the race.  Toichiro Araki was racing around the world by proceeding east.  His rival Ryunichi Matsui, another journalist, proceeded west across Siberia.  A first place prize of 3,000 yen was available to the winner.

Notable passengers aboard EMPRESS OF ASIA arriving at Vancouver on April 15th, 1928.


Mr. and Mrs. W. N. Archibald

Of Rossland, B. C., the former being of the Consolidated Mining & Smelting Company, en route from tour of the Orient.

Mr. and Mrs. R. C. Colt

Former being noted manufacturer of firearms returning from a holiday to the Orient.

G. H. Wright

Shanghai solicitor en route to England.

E. S. C. Watson

Of Shanghai en route to Victoria.

H. W. Lester

Of shipping firm Dodwell & Company returning from the Far East

J. P. Warren

Of shipping firm Dodwell & Company returning from the Far East

Justice E. Finley Johnson

Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippine Islands en route to Palo Alto, United Stares.

Major and Mrs. W. H. Anderson

Of manila.

Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Aubry

Former being Willys-Knight representative in the Orient.

Mr. and Mrs. Harold Bell

Of Sydney Australia, the former being Director of Winch Combe & Co. en route to England.

E. L. Hosie

Secretary of the Hong Kong and Whampoo Dock Co.

Mr. and Mrs. M. M. Murray

The former being Engineering Superintendent of the China navigation Company.

H. A. Smith

Vice-President of the American Express Company.

F. G. Small

Associated with American Express Company.

W. C. Lancaster

Accountant for the Shanghai-Nanking Railway.

Toichiro Araki

Japanese journalist engaged in an around the world race.

W. A. Donaldson

Of the Hong Kong Daily Press

Mrs. J. D. Thompson

Of Hong Kong

T. Bannister

Shanghai merchant.

Dr. J. Cash

Of the Rockefeller Foundation at Peking.

B. M. Fleming


A. S. Ramsay

Edmonton merchant returning from a buying trip to the Orient.


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