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.
Yesterday I was talking to someone about the Pirates of the Gaspe Coast story that I had written, and they asked me if there had been any real pirates on the Gaspe Coast.
And my answer to them was yes, the Coast was a much sought after destination for some of Canada’s most famous pirates.
One of the scariest writings about what happened was when they attacked Perce. It was written by Father Jumeau, in 1690 and he was lucky to have lived to tell the tale about the notorious thieves of the sea, who looted and destroyed the small town.
So yes there were indeed pirates who sailed through the Bay of Chaleurs!
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