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Of the 1,477 passengers and crew who boarded the Empress of Ireland in Québec City, only 465 would survive the first night’s passage. The sinking ship took rich businessmen, tourists and ordinary immigrants alike to their death. Those travelling first class had the best chance of escape, while women and children in third class fared worst.
Survivors, some injured or in shock, were taken from the site of the catastrophe to the Rimouski docks. They brought eyewitness accounts of a tragedy that had claimed more than a thousand lives. Newspaper reports and accounts published in various inquiries remind us that the sinking of the Empress was Canada’s greatest maritime disaster.
Was William Greenwood’s bloody hand evidence of murder, or merely proof of his passion for cockfighting? Either way, the scoundrel’s 1863 murder trial provoked calls to ban cockfighting as morally delinquent. Now, the Canadian Museum of History has acquired a rare stuffed fighting-cock from this rough-and-tumble era.
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Canadian Museum of History
100 Laurier Street
Gatineau, Quebec K1A 0M8
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