August 13 1932 - Notable Passengers

The EMPRESS OF ASIA, commanded by A. V. R. Lovegrove, began a Pacific crossing upon sailing from Vancouver on August 13th, 1932. The ship carried 400 passengers with a considerable number embarking at Victoria, having arrived from the United States.  

Note of Interest:

Reverend Eric H. Liddell was a passenger on this voyage travelling to Tientsin.

Eric H. Liddell was born in Tientsin in northern China in 1902, a child of Scottish missionaries.  He was educated at Eltham College and Edinburgh University.  While at Edinburgh University he excelled at athletics and participated in the 1924 Olympic Games at Paris winning a bronze medal in the 200 meters and a gold medal in the 400 meters.

Following the completion of his education he returned to north China in 1925 as a missionary of the London Mission Society.

Eric Liddell returned to Great Britain 1930 and was ordained as a Congregational minister on June 22nd 1932.  He returned to northern China by travelling across the Atlantic on the DUCHESS OF YORK and across Canada by rail, embarking upon the EMPRESS OF ASIA on August 13th, 1932.

During World War Two, Eric Liddell was interned as a Prisoner of War at Weishien Camp where he died on February 21st, 1945

The Olympic achievements of Eric Liddell were portrayed in the movie Chariots of Fire.


Notable passengers embarking aboard EMPRESS OF ASIA on August 13th, 1932 at Vancouver and Victoria.


Reverend Eric H. Liddell

A missionary with the London missionary Society returning to Tientsin.  Eric Liddell won a gold and bronze medal in track events at the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris.

T. Mayeda


Professor Yamada

Of the Peer’s School, Tokyo.

D. M. Hastins

Of the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company.

S. B. Berkow

Buyer for the T. Eaton Company of Winnipeg proceeding to the Orient on a buying trip.

Reverend T. S. McDermott

Of the Dominican Fathers

Reverend J. J. Owens


J. J. Russel

Of Cincinnati, on a world tour.

W. H. P. Anderson

Secretary to the Mission of Lepers, en route to the Philippines.

Mrs. L. Moore Cosgrave

En route to Shanghai.

Mr. and Mrs. C. Gilbert Davies

Returning to Shanghai after a visit to America.

A. G. Dewing

Returning to Shanghai.

Allan Stewart

Of Victoria en route to China.


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