Empress of Ireland, Canadian Pacific oceangoing passenger ship that sank in the St Lawrence River near Rimouski, Québec, 29 May 1914. She was rammed in dense fog by the Norwegian collier Storstad
and sank in only 14 minutes; 1014 passengers and crew died, while 465 managed to abandon ship. Bodies recovered from the Empress
were gathered in the village of Ste-Luce and buried near Métis-sur-Mer, where a monument stands to their memory. Captain Anderson of the Storstad
was later held responsible for the DISASTER
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The Empress of Ireland
, a transatlantic liner owned by the Canadian Pacific Steamship Company, was claimed by one the worst nautical disaters in Canadian history when it collided with the Storstad
in the St Lawrence River, killing 1012 of 1477 on board.
The collier ship Storstad
suffered extensive damage to its bow after colling with the Empress of Ireland
on 28 May 1914. An inquiry found its crew responsible for the disaster.
Links to Other Sites
Journey to Oblivion - The Empress of Ireland Story
An NFB film about the tragic sinking of the "Empress of Ireland."
Site historique maritime de la Pointe-au-Père
Check out over 200 years of maritime history at the website for the Site historique maritime de la Pointe-au-Père.
Empress of Ireland
An account of the sinking of the Empress of Ireland. From "Shipwreck Investigations", Library and Archives Canada.
Empress of Ireland sinks in the St. Lawrence
A multimedia CBC feature about the tragic sinking of the Empress of Ireland in 1914.
Lost Liners: Empress of Ireland
This account of the sinking of the Empress of Ireland is from PBS. Features a comparison chart of the Empress, the Titanic and other liners lost at sea. At the top menu, click on the name of a ship for more information.