Nagasaki Passenger Lists


Entrance to the Port of Nagasaki, Japan, 1919.

Entrance to the Port of Nagasaki, Japan, 1919. GGA Image ID # 2176df744f


Nagasaki is the first port of entry for ships from the south or west to Japan and the final departure port for N.Y.K. steamers en route to Shanghai, Hong Kong, Manila, Australia, and other overseas places.


Front Cover, SS Empress of Asia First and Second Class Passenger List of the Canadian Pacific Line (CPR-CPOS), Departing Saturday, 20 April 1929, from Vancouver and Victoria to Manila via Yokohama, Kobe, Nagasaki, Shanghai, and Hong Kong.

1929-04-20 Empress of Asia Passenger List

Steamship Line: Canadian Pacific Line

Class of Passengers: First and Second Class

Date of Departure: 20 April 1929

Route: Vancouver and Victoria to Manila via Yokohama, Kobe, Nagasaki, Shanghai, and Hong Kong

Commander: Captain A. J. Hailey, R.N.R.


The N. Y. K. steamers anchor in the harbor near the landing place, the Customs jetty, and frequent launch services are available between the steamer and shore.

Nagasaki is situated at the head of an inlet, stretching about three miles in length and half a mile to a mile in width. Its shores are marked by bays and rise up to densely wooded hills, creating a picturesque landscape.

Previous to the sixteenth century, it was a small, unnoted town, but becoming then the chief settling place of native Christians and mart of Portuguese and Spanish trade, it gradually rose to consequence, and, even after the suppression of Christianity and the exclusion of all Occidentals except the Hollanders, it continued to receive consult ration as the only place where foreign commerce, in the hands of the Dutch and Chinese, was tolerated.

While the rapid development of Moji, the northern port of Kyüshü, has somewhat diminished Nagasaki's former prosperity, it remains a vital port. Notably, it boasts a thriving ship-building industry, with the western shore of the harbor housing numerous ship-building yards. Among these, the Mitsubishi Dockyards and Engine Works stand out as the most renowned and finest in the East, employing a staggering 10,000 workers.


Nippon Yusen Kaisha (Japan Mail Steamship Company), The Charm of the East (Guide to Japan & China) for the Use of Passengers by the N.Y.K. Steamers, Tokyo: Tokyo Printing Company, Ltd., July 1919, p. 50.


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