February 2 1940 - Notable Passengers

The EMPRESS OF ASIA, commanded by George Goold, concluded a Pacific crossing upon reaching Vancouver on February 2nd, 1940.  Prior to reaching Victoria, the ship made a call to Honolulu.

Vice-Admiral Reginald Vesey Holt of the Royal Navy boarded the ship as a passenger at Hong Kong.  The Vice-Admiral was formerly in command of the Yangtze Patrol where he played a noted role in the rescue of the crew of the American gunboat PANAY by the British gunboat BEE.  Holt was subsequently awarded the American Distinguished Service Medal.

Notable passengers aboard EMPRESS OF ASIA arriving at Vancouver on February 2nd, 1940.

Vice-Admiral Reginald Vesey Holt

Of the Royal Navy, boarded the ship as a passenger at Hong Kong, en route to England.

C. W. Giffen

Of Hong Kong, with The South China Morning Post, travelling to Victoria.

Dr. J. Cameron

Of the Rockefeller Foundation Medical College in Peiping, en route to the United States.

Leonard Laffan

Of the Public Works in Malaya, en route to Victoria.

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