Sister ship of the Wusueh
Dec 8th. 1941. Captured by the Japanese. Renamed "Kakuzan Maru"
Dec 29th 1943. Bombed and sunk by USAAF near Anking. Position 30.31 N / 117.02 E.
Built for the Yangtse river services.
In the mid 1920's, during discussions in London, it was decided that there was no future in having a difference between "Foreign" and "Chinese" first class accomodation, and C.N.Co. would have to meet the probable future passenger market. The "Wuhu III" and "Wusueh" were designed to encompass this change. An intermediate saloon was designed with attention to detail and incorporating quality fittings, as growing numbers of Chinese passengers were demanding and willing to pay for the comfort etc. of the European standards. Booking arrangements were changed in as much as the first class accommodation would be managed by a European purser and Chinese staff, hence now not part of the compradore's contract. Chinese pasengers travelling by saloon class would now have to purchase their tickets at the foreign agents office.