C.P.R. Artifacts

First class travelers on C.P.R. steamships and railways ate off of distinctive lines of china and silverware, and had the opportunity to purchase C.P.R. souvenirs, such as dishware, picture frames and diaries to fill in the memories of their journeys. The Chung Collection contains several hundred artifacts of the C.P.R., including glass and ceramic ware, silverware, souvenirs, employee hats and badges, and more.

Many of these artifacts were salvaged from the bottom of the ocean.  Dr. Chung purchased them from a scuba diver who gathered dishes which were discarded by C.P.R. steamship kitchen staff too tired to finish washing up at the end of the night.  Others were purchased at antique and flea markets. The collection includes a newel post from the Empress of Japan, one of many artifacts salvaged by locals after the ship was scrapped in Burrard Inlet.

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