Transported British Association members between England and Canada in 1884 - The British Association visitors arrived on several different ships - the SS Parisian,SS Polynesian and the SS Oregon of the Allan Line among those. It seems about 800 members decided to take advantage of the offer of reduced ocean fares and free railway trips on the CPR-the Canadian government contributing $25,000 to offset costs. The Montreal meeting was the first BA meeting to be held outside of the United Kingdom and therefore garnished a lot of interest.
http://books.google.ca/books?id=N-tQAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA161&lpg=PA161&dq=%22Parisian%22+%22british+association%22+%221884%22&source=bl&ots=YT3Zfq_4V5&sig=h7oVszYNvU-9BaINYyOngypK52s&hl=en&sa=X&ei=xdmMUsL0L8iQyQGenoHACg&ved=0CCsQ6AEwATgK#v=onepage&q=%22Parisian%22%20%22british%20association%22%20%221884%22&f=false - Parisian, Oregon and Polynesian ships
http://www.clydesite.co.uk/clydebuilt/viewship.asp?id=1306 SS Oregon
http://adsabs.harvard.edu/full/1986IrAJ...17..185W SS Oregon/Professor Ball
Michelle Cabana, Saskatoon, Sask.