February 8 1926 - Notable Passengers

The EMPRESS OF ASIA began a Pacific crossing upon sailing from Vancouver on February 8th, 1926.  The ship carried some 300 passengers and was held at Vancouver several hours to await the arrival of European passengers and mail from the east where stormy weather on the Atlantic had caused delays from Europe.

A shipment of trout eggs from 50,00 Eastern Canadian brook trout was transported to Japan on this voyage.  Charles Elliot, British Ambassador at Tokyo, requested the delivery and the eggs were used to stock the streams and lakes of the prestigious Tokyo Angling and Country Club.

The ship was heavily laden with general cargo including automobiles, motorcycles, automobile tires, 500 tons of asbestos from Quebec, 1,200 tons of flour, 300 tons of wrapping paper and 500 tons of spelter.  Refrigerated cargo was also at full capacity and included 150 tons of chilled beef.

Notable passengers embarking aboard EMPRESS OF ASIA on February 8th, 1926 at Vancouver and Victoria.


Rt. Hon. Viscount Willingdon

En route to Peking.

Mr. and Mrs. George Rowcliffe

Of Kelowna, Canada.

John Rowcliffe

Of Kelowna, Canada.

Ruth Rowcliffe

Of Kelowna, Canada.

Claire H. Rowcliffe

Of Kelowna, Canada.

Charles Bovey

Of Calgary en route to Kobe.

Bishop A. R. Clippinger

Of Dayton, Ohio, en route to China on missionary assignment.

Dr. S. G. Ziegler

Of Dayton, Ohio, en route to China on missionary assignment.

Norman P. Lambert

Of the Maple Leaf Milling Company.

H. E. Sellers

Of Winnipeg, associated with the grain industry, en route to Hong Kong.

Jacob Hawrelak

Of the Ukrainian Immigration and Colonization Association in Harbin.  Canadian authorities had issued Hawrelak 200 permits to allow 200 Russian families in Harbin to emigrate to Canada.


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