The Canadian Pacific steamer Princess Alice, sister ship of the Princess Adelaide of the previous year, arrived from the Swan & Hunter yard at Newcastle, England in 1911. Her dimensions and accommodations were very similar to those of Princess Adelaide, being a steel single-screw steamer of 3,099 tons, with a 4,500-horsepower four cylinder triple-expansion engine giving her a speed of 18 knots. Her dimensions were 290.6 x 46.1 x 14.3.
She had accommodations for 1,200 day passengers with sleeping accommodations for 206 in 103 two -berth staterooms. The furnaces were so constructed that either coal or oil fuel could be used.