September 16 1926 - Notable Passengers

The EMPRESS OF ASIA, commanded by A. V. R. Lovegrove, began a Pacific crossing upon sailing from Vancouver on September 16th, 1926.  

On September 16th, 1926, 4 deep-sea vessels, the EMPRESS OF ASIA, the SOUTHWESTERN MILLER, the TYNDAREUS and the NIAGARA visited Victoria.  The EMPRESS OF ASIA was forced to wait in the Royal Roads for one half hour to allow the NIAGARA time to leave the harbour.

Cargo held in the refrigerated and cold storage plant included butter, meat, vegetables and apples. 

Cargo also included several thousand bales of raw cotton originating in the United States and destined for mills in Japan.  Canned milk, cigarettes, lead, zinc, ammonia, automobiles machinery, and Kraft wrapping paper were also carried to the Far East on this voyage.

The ship reported a large passenger list comprising 149 Saloon Class, 110 Second Class, 40 Third Class and 375 Steerage passengers. 

A number of missionaries were travelling on this voyage.  One group, led by Reverend Father Paradie, consisted of one Jesuit priest and seven priests from the Seminary of Foreign Missionaries in Montreal.  Another group consisted of Southern Baptist missionaries and a third group was from the Women’s Missionary Society.

Notable passengers embarking aboard EMPRESS OF ASIA on September 16th, 1926 at Vancouver and Victoria.

Colonel H. R. Pousette 

Of Ottawa, Canadian Trade Commissioner at Calcutta.

Hon. Sir James Allen

British Trade Commissioner to Australia, en route to Sydney, Australia, from the United Kingdom.

Major Goldney

En route to Shanghai.

Mr. and Mrs. C. F. Mosher


Mrs. E. T. Byrne

Returning to Shanghai from England.

Mrs. L. B. Finkenstaidt

Of Cleveland.

Colonel Sclater

En route to Shanghai.

A. C. Cornish

En route to Shanghai.

C. N. Holwill

Of Pittsburgh.

I. Johnston

Of London, en route to Hong Kong.

Lydia Kristensen

Of Washington.

Dr. Masujima

Of Tokyo, returning from New York.

Mr. and Mrs. J. Macknight

Returning to China after a visit to Vancouver.

Mr. and Mrs. J. Parsons

Associated with the Chinese Government Salt Administration.

D. Yellowlees

Of Johnstone, Scotland

F. Fee

Of Holland Centre, Ontario en route to China on missionary assignment.

Reverend Charles D. Bonzak

Associated with the Church of the Brethren, Elgin, Illinois.

Reverend J. J. Goder


J. Ambrose

En route to Shanghai.

Pablo Alzona

En route to Manila from Chicago.

Dr. G. Bochk

Of Montreal.

E. Brias

Of London, en route to Shanghai.

K. Begdon

Of London, en route to Shanghai.

K. Sakamoto

Engineer with the Nippon Yusen Kaisha Line.

P. K. Conduct

Associated with the International Standard Electric Company.

Eng Sea We

Of China.

Ko Ning

Of China.


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