When it arrived at Vancouver in May 1914, most of the passengers were detained on board. They waited for 2 months while immigration officials maneuvered to keep them out of court and, after they had lost their case, while their leaders negotiated departure terms. The arrival of the RCN cruiser RAINBOW on July 20 added to the Canadian pressure, and on July 23 Komagata Maru sailed for Calcutta, where it was met by police suspicious of the organizers' politics. On disembarkation, 20 passengers were killed in a shooting exchange. The affair strengthened Indian nationalist feeling, but did not significantly soften Canadian immigration law.
Author HUGH JOHNSTON
Links to Other Sites
The Komagata Maru: Continuing the Journey
A comprehensive online resource that explores the infamous 1914 Komagata Maru "incident" through primary documents, oral histories, private archives, art works, and interviews. From Simon Fraser University.
The Voyage of the Komagata Maru
A synopsis of the book "The Voyage of the Komagata Maru." From the website for UBCPress.
CFB Esquimalt Naval & Military Museum
The website for the CFB Esquimalt Naval & Military Museum, located at Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt, Vancouver Island. Special features include ship histories, local heroes, women merchant mariners, characters & controversies, and much more.
Komagata Maru memorial approved for Vancouver
A CBC News story about a Vancouver memorial marking the Komagata Maru incident.
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