December 25 1919 - Notable Passengers

The EMPRESS OF ASIA began a Pacific crossing upon sailing from Vancouver on Christmas Day, December 25th, 1919.

Two thousand members of the Chinese Labour Battalions were on board as passengers.  These individuals were returning to China from wartime service in Europe via the Pacific Ocean. 

On December 24th, 1919, prior to embarkation, 1200 members of the Chinese Labour Battalions paraded on Hastings Street in Vancouver.

The ship also carried a delegation of diplomats from China who were returning home from the Peace Conference in Europe.

The ship reported 310 First Class, 55 Second Class, 50 Third Class and 700 Steerage passengers.

Cargo included 240,000 pounds of silver, in the form of specie and ingots, in transit to China.

Notable passengers embarking aboard EMPRESS OF ASIA on December 25th, 1919 at Vancouver and Victoria.


Count Eric Berg

Of Christiania, Norway on a world tour.

Rear-Admiral K. C. B. Morgan

Of the United States Navy en route to the Philippines.

H. Bissiker

Travelling to Hong Kong.

A. Brand


S. J. Kerr


E. W. McLean


G. Reifel


Mrs. Reifel


Major P. F. Scharschmidt


Mr. and Mrs. J. Fyfe Smith


D. Sune


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