Sikhs on board the Komagata Maru in English Bay, Vancouver, British Columbia, 1914. This reproduction is a copy of the version available on the web.

The Komagata Maru, a Japanese Passenger Liner carrying immigrants from South Asia anchored in Vancouver’s harbour on May 23, 1914. The Canadian government denied passengers from landing in Canada on the basis of the Immigration Act. After a long standoff and confrontation, the ship left Vancouver waters on July 23, 1914, on the brink of WWI. The Komagata Maru incident was a gross display of injustice towards South Asian immigrants and exposed the fundamental unfairness of British ruling in India.