January 31 1921 - Notable Passengers

The EMPRESS OF ASIA, commanded by A. J. Hailey, concluded a Pacific crossing upon reaching Vancouver on January 31st, 1921.  As the ship was approaching Victoria a fierce gale was encountered making it impossible to dock at that city.  For two hours the ship anchored in the Royal Roads waiting for the storm to abate.  However, as the storm continued it was decided to forgo the stop at Victoria and instead make a brief visit to the more sheltered waters of Esquimalt to unload mail and then depart for Vancouver.  Passengers planning to disembark at Victoria had to travel to Vancouver and then return to Vancouver Island aboard one of the coastal ships. 

The cargo was described as a little better than two-thirds ship and consisted of silk, tea and fresh Chinese eggs.  A special express freight train carried the silk, comprising 17 carloads, and Chinese eggs, comprising 38 carloads, from Vancouver. 

A light passenger list was described that included 120 Saloon and about 600 Steerage passengers.

Notable passengers aboard EMPRESS OF ASIA arriving at Vancouver on January 31st, 1921.


Major and Mrs. R. W. Wood

Of Toronto.

E. M. Sutliff

Of New York City.

H. M. Tuska

Of New York City.

H. Lachlan

Of Formosa, tea merchant.

F. A. Henningsen

Of Seattle.

Dr. J. C. Ferguson

Associated as a financial advisor with the Chinese government at Peking.

M. E. Bell

Of Victoria.

J. C. F. Hyndman

Of Victoria.


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