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.