100 Years ago on January 27th, 1906 the RMS

was Launched

Introducing the "Revised and Updated" Passenger & Crew List compiled by
Geoff Whitfield & Craig Stringer

The Most Tragic Marine Disaster in Canadian History
Click on one of the photos above to find out more

Be Sure to see the latest contribution from Greg Walsh of photos from his grandfather's collection.
His grandfather was Cmdr. John T. Walsh, general manager of CPR and life long friend of Captain Kendall.
  Capt. Kendall & Cmdr. Walsh

A Brief History of the Sinking, Archival Photos, and Computer Graphics

On her first trip of the summer of 1914 the Empress of Ireland sailed away from her berth in Quebec Harbour bound across the North Atlantic to Liverpool, England.  Fate, however, had disaster in store for the Empress of Ireland and in a veiling fog the collier, Storstad, was to pierce her hull and send the Empress to the bottom of the St. Lawrence River.  The Empress of Ireland took all but 462 of the 1477 souls on board with her.

Today, the Empress of Ireland still lies in her resting place occassionally visited by those divers who brave the cold dark depths, the racing currents, and the myriad of posssible entrapments that exist inside her forbidding hull.

Take a journey back in time to learn the story of the most devastating maritime disaster in Canadian history and discover why those who venture to her watery grave brave the elements of the river and the dangers of herself.

To take the journey click the subject titles below or the photos at the top of the page
The Empress        The Tragedy         The Passengers        The Wreck
Empress of Ireland Video


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