A clean unused vintage Postcard for the Canadian Pacific Railways Line ship, S.S. EMPRESS OF IRELAND,.....a ship that had a very short lifespan of just 8 years or so, as laid out below;
In the early morning hours of May 29, 1914, the Canadian Pacific ocean liner Empress of Ireland was cruising the St. Lawrence, headed for Liverpool. Traveling the opposite way was the Norwegian collier Storstad, weighed down by a full load of coal. Each ship had spotted the other, but a sudden fog obscured both... a collision occured that sank the Empress of Ireland in just 14 minutes. The ship sank in about 150 feet of water. The passengers aboard numbered 1,477 and 1,012 lost their lives, including 840 passengers (8 more people than had died on the Titanic).
The Empress of Ireland came from the same Line as the Empress of Britain and set sail for her maiden voyage in 1906. Her maiden voyage became the run she would follow for the rest of her days, from Liverpool to Quebec and then back. Although not as richly appointed as the Titanic, First Class rooms were nice in their own right. The Empress was under the command of Henry Kendall, who had seen 25 years of sea duty and 12 years on the CPR (Canadian Pacific Railway), he was new to the Empress.
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