The Empress of Ireland sinks in the St. Lawrence

May 29, 2017

Bell from the Empress of Ireland

Bell from the Empress of Ireland. Canadian Museum of History, 2012.21.421, IMG2012-0281-0002-Dp1

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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