Empress of China I was built by Naval Construction & Armament Co. of
Barrow. Like her sisters, she was built to meet the specifications of
the Royal Mail contract awarded to Canadian Pacific in 1889. (See the
Empress of India (I)
for the details of that contract.)
Launched in March 1891, she made her maiden voyage from Liverpool to
Vancouver on 15 July 1891. From there, she entered Canadian Pacific's
transpacific service from Vancouver to Yokohama, Kobe, Nagasaki,
Shanghai and Hong Kong.
On 27 July 1911, Empress of China was wrecked on Mera Reef in Tokyo Bay.
All aboard were saved, as was the mail she was carrying. A subsequent
inquiry blamed strong currents and a lack of fog-horn warnings for her
The ship was refloated in October 1912 and towed to Yokohama, where she
was sold and scrapped.
Sister ships: Empress of India (I);
Empress of Japan (I).
Source: Haws' Merchant Fleets