The Empress of Ireland sinks in the St. Lawrence
May 29, 1914
In the early morning of May 29, 1914, the Canadian Pacific ocean liner the Empress of Ireland, destined for Liverpool, collided with a Norwegian collier, the Storstad, close to Rimouski, Quebec. The liner, with its 1,477 passengers and crew, sank quickly — 14 minutes after impact. Only 465 survived. This is one of history’s greatest maritime disasters.
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