Empress of Japan 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
page for Empress of India (I)
for the details of that contract.)
At the outbreak of World War I, she was commissioned as an armed
merchant cruiser, based at Hong Kong. After the elimination of the
German East Asiatic Squadron in March 1915, Empress of Japan was
released by the Admiralty and resumed commercial service in October.
Empress of Japan was laid up at Vancouver in July 1922, and sold to an
American acting on behalf of Japanese interests in 1925. She was sold
for scrapping in 1926.
Sister ships: Empress of India (I);
Empress of China (I).
Source: Haws' Merchant Fleets