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17th February 2007, 23:38
just read this book by james croall,fourteen minutes,a great read about the sinking of this liner in the st. lawrence sea way,i learned alot about seamanship etc. it was a bigger tragedy than the titanic but not as newsworthy.any ships master out there would really appreciate this story.
18th February 2007, 00:11
Owen, can you elaborate any more please?
18th February 2007, 00:23
Have just found this link.
18th February 2007, 00:31
Review from Amazon
The Empress of Ireland was a 14,000-ton Canadian Pacific liner en route from Quebec to Europe in May, 1914, when she was rammed by a Norwegian collier. The event took place in a fog bank at the mouth of the St. Lawrence River, four miles off shore. As the title indicates, the liner sank in only 14 minutes; over 1,000 lives were lost. The most compelling part of this book is the section of human interest stories - the Irvings, an acting couple; a large contingent of Salvation Army
members; and many others. Much of the latter part of the book discusses the inquiries into the division of responsibility.
My particular interest in the book derived from investigation of the effects of hypothermia for a medical school lecture and this incident unfortunately provides much information about that.....the water was only a few degrees above freezing.
As printed in this weekends daily paper here in Edmonton.Ca 16/06/07
18th June 2007, 04:20
Here's an online account of the tragedy.
She was built by Fairfield, Govan for the Canadian Pacific and completed in April, 1906.
14,191GT, 549' x 66', twin screw, 4exp, 18 knots.
310 1st, 500 2nd, 500 3rd and 270 steerage class passengers.
Sistership: Empress of Britain (1).
18th June 2007, 05:03
I've just read in the online account of the incident that some divers have taken the bones of the dead people aboard the Empress. Who the hell would do a thing like that?? What kind of people are they?
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