Empress of India in Vancouver Straits


Cover for Canadian Pacific Empresses Volume 1A group of prominent wealthy Canadian businessmen met in 1880. They realised that for Canada to not only survive but expand, a railway system had to be devised and developed to cover the country, from coast to coast.

They then decided to take this a stage further, planning a world-wide transport system. This would help encourage emigrants to Canada. People could travel on CPR liners from Europe and then across the country on CPR trains. Over the following century these ideas were developed and extended, incorporating trains, passenger ships, cargo ships, hotels and, eventually, aircraft.

Development of the Canadian Empresses

Pre-eminent in this history were the Atlantic and Pacific Empresses. These were ships with the highest levels of reliability and comfort, offering the safest standards of travel. They laid the foundations for the profitability of the company.

Early chronology

This first volume details the chronology of the Canadian Empresses from their early days through to the outbreak of World War II. As well as detailed text, there are hundreds of photos. Dozens of brochures and items of ephemera are reproduced, bringing the liners to life once more.

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