The SS Empress of Japan Figurehead is a colourful and unique monument in Stanley Park that is a replica of the figurehead from the famous ocean liner.
The SS Empress of Japan was a famous ocean liner that was also called the "Queen of the Pacfic". It crossed the Pacific Ocean over 400 times.
The figurehead(carved wooden decoration) was saved from being thrown away and restored by the The Province newspaper. It was put in Stanley Park in 1927. The original started to deteriorate so this is a fibreglass replica. The original restored figurehead is in the Vancouver Maritime Museum.
This monument shows the links that Vancouver had with Asia that began soon after the city was created.
The Plaque says:
Replica of figurehead of the S.S. Empress of Japan which plied these waters thirty one years 1891 - 1922 Carrying Vancouver's commerce to the Orient. The original carving was restored by the Vancouver Province 1928. This replica was cast from the restored carving 1960
The original SS Empress of Japan Figurehead now resides in the Vancouver Maritime Museum. It hangs in a room above many ship models.
There is a model of the SS Empress of Japan ship in the Vancouver Maritime Museum.
The original bell of the SS Empress of Japan ship is in the Vancouver Maritime Museum.
There is no parking lot right where the SS Empress of Japan Figurehead is. However, if you go a little farther along Stanley Park Drive from it there is a large parking lot on the left at Lumbermens' Arch area. For more detailed information (rates, times, etc.) about parking in Stanley Park, please read: Parking in Stanley Park
Next to it is the Girl in a Wetsuit statue.