November 1 1926 - Notable Passengers

The EMPRESS OF ASIA, commanded by A. V. R. Lovegrove concluded a Pacific crossing upon reaching Vancouver on November 1st, 1926.  The ship’s departure from Yokohama was delayed 4 hours due to a state holiday and stormy weather caused a further delay causing the arrival a Victoria to be 8 hours behind schedule.

A very valuable cargo was reported with raw silk and manufactured goods valued at over $6,000,000.00.  A special train of 20 cars met the ship at Vancouver to move the silk eastwards.  Other cargo included tea, walnuts, gunnysacks and pineapples.  

A total of 408 passengers in all classes were reported.  Eighty-two passengers disembarked at Victoria, and the boat to Seattle was held over to accommodate any passengers wishing to travel to the United Sates.

Note of Interest:

Two passengers died on the voyage to Victoria.  Brother Odelo Belisle of the Franciscan Brothers died aboard the ship between Kobe and Yokohama.  Brother Odelo Belisle was buried in Yokohama.

N. C. Allen, of Bradford England died aboard when the ship was between Yokohama and Victoria.  He was buried at sea.

Two stowaways were discovered on the voyage to Victoria.

While steaming close to British Columbia the ship was rocked by a violent shock that endured for several seconds.  The waters were examined for logs or debris but no cause for the incident could be determined.

Sydney Malkin, British tile manufacture and Justice of the Peace at Burslem England was a passenger on board returning from a business trip to Ceylon, Malaya, China and Japan.  Sydney Malkin was the brother of W. H. Malkin and P. Malkin, Vancouver wholesale merchants.

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