The Empress of Ireland
The Forgotten Princess
She was supposed to be safer than the Titanic ... but as she sailed the waters of the St. Lawrence she sank taking more than a thousand lives with her.
It was foggy on the night of May 29th, 1914, when two ships collided in the St Lawrence River near Point-au-Père, Quebec. The Empress of Ireland, carrying 1,477 people on board is said to have sunk in less than 15 minutes after being hit by a Norwegian boat called the Storstad. Though less known than the Titanic, the sinking of the Empress of Ireland remains the largest peacetime maritime disaster in Canadian history.
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Collector of the stories, legends and folklore of the Gaspe Coast.