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Lionel douglas on Empress of Asia

Lionel Douglas, sitting, left on Empress of Asia, 1931

 

Wayne Dutcher, Canada - contributes:
My wife's grandfather (Captain L.D. [Lionel Dale] Douglas), Chief Officer on Canadian Pacific's Empress of Asia was assigned war duty to serve as Lieut., RNR, on HMS Lama in 1915 then on patrol in the Red Sea. The ship as I understand it was to control smuggling of contraband goods in the area. One of the moments where the ship played a minor but memorable role (at least for the ship's officers and crew anyway) was in transporting T.E. Lawrence and the military party he was with from Suez to Jeddah and then Rabegh on an information finding foray inland to an area bordering Turkish held territory. There is minor coverage of the event in the opening lines of Chapter VIII in Lawrence's "Seven Pillars of Wisdom", where the ship and some details are mentioned. Douglas went on after the war to continue his career with Canadian Pacific eventually taking command of the Empresses of Canada, Asia and Japan II on the trans-Pacific service out of Vancouver.

 

...Lionel Douglas, who in 1934 was the Captain of the "Empress of Japan"... was the son of Campbell Mellis Douglas.

 

He was with his cousin James and brother George when they discovered the extent of huge copper deposits within the Arctic Circle.

 

 

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