Re: Photo: Loading Raw Silk

John Riddell

For an extremely valuable commodity with insurance rates sometimes charged by the hour, speedy delivery was important.

CPR with its integrated railway and steamship  service had a competitive edge. In 1924 CP’s newest liner “Empress of Canada” sped across the Pacific in eight days, ten hours and nine minutes from Tokyo to Vancouver. CPR trains then sped the silk to reach New York only thirteen days after leaving Yokohama harbour.


John Riddell






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