On May 28, 1914, the Empress of Ireland left the Port of Quebec at 4:10 p.m., headed up the St. Lawrence River for Liverpool, England. Several hours later, at 1:55 a.m., near Sainte-Luce-sur-mer, the Empress of Ireland collided with the Norwegian coal ship, Storstad. Of the 1,477 people aboard, 1,012 perished in 14 minutes.
Several 100th anniversary commemorative events are planned at the Site historique maritime de la Pointe-au-Père in Rimouski, starting with the seasonal opening of the historic site today and a banquet this evening. At 1:55 a.m., tomorrow, church bells in Rimouski, Sainte-Luce and neighbouring parishes will ring in unison for one minute.
On the home page of the Site historique maritime de la Pointe-au-Père website, you can read stories and see photos of some of those who lost their lives. The website also contains the passenger list. Most of the site is bilingual.
The Government of Canada’s virtual exhibit of the Empress of Ireland is also worth a visit.
Copyright © 2014, Gail Dever.