<i>Empress of China</i>
Empress of China

RMS Empress of China (I)

Vessel Type
Passenger vessel » Ocean liner
Ship Dates
Date built: 1891
End date: 1912
Owner or managing owner(s)
Canadian Pacific Railway
Sasso Shojiro
Vessel Description

RMS Empress of China (I) was an ocean liner built in 1890-1891 by Naval Construction & Armament Co., Barrow, England for Canadian Pacific Steamships (CP). This ship—the first of three CP vessels to be named Empress of China—regularly traversed the trans-Pacific route between the west coast of Canada and the Far East until she struck an underwater reef and sank in Tokyo harbour in 1911.

In 1891, Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) and the British government reached agreement on a contract for subsidized mail service between Britain and Hong Kong via Canada; and the route began to be serviced by three specially designed ocean liners. Each of these three vessels was given an Imperial name.

The RMS Empress of China (I) and her two running mates, the RMS Empress of India and the RMS Empress of Japan (I), created a flexible foundation for the CPR trans-Pacific fleet which would ply this route for the next half century.

Source: Wikipedia: RMS Empress of China (1890)

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Related Archival Items
graphic materials: Empress of China (LM2016.004.154)
graphic materials: Empress of China (LM2006.1000.267)
textual records: Pacific steamers summary of logs for 1898 (SF2005.001.0123)
textual records: Pacific steamers summary of logs for 1897 (SF2005.001.0122)
textual records: Register of Seamen Shipped, vol. 1 (VMM05.01)
textual records: Register of Seamen Shipped, vol. 2 (VMM05.02)
textual records: Register of Seamen Shipped, vol. 3 (VMM05.03)
textual records: Register of Seamen Shipped, vol. 4 (VMM05.04)
textual records: Certificate of discharge - Empress of China (SF2005.001.0084)
textual records: Draft report about the damage to the cargo on the Empress of China (SF2005.001.0087)
textual records: Handwritten caption to a photograph of the Empress of China (SF2005.001.0088)
textual records: Letter from [Ken Burin] about the Empress of China and the old "Victorian" (SF2005.001.0089)
textual records: List of wet cargo for Empress of China (SF2005.001.0086)
textual records: Passenger list for Empress of China (SF2005.001.0083)
textual records: Report from Port Warden's office in Vancouver (SF2005.001.0085)