british Canadian Pacific Steamships (Canadian Pacific Ocean Serv., Canadian Pacific Nav., Canadian Pacific Railway) RMS Empress of Ireland [+1914]
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general
nationality british
purpose transport
type ocean liner
propulsion steam
date built 1906
status
unknown
details
weight (tons) 14191  grt
dimensions 173.74 x 19.99 x 8.23 m
material steel
engine 2 x 4 cyl. quadruple expansion engines, dual shaft, 2 screws
power 18500  i.h.p.
speed 20  knots
yard no. 443
IMO/Off. no. 123972
about the loss
cause lost collision
date lost 29/05/1914  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.1015rank: 96
about people
builder
Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. Ltd., Govan
owner
Canadian Pacific Steamships (Canadian Pacific Ocean Serv., Canadian Pacific Nav., Canadian Pacific Railway), Liverpool
captain Kendall
about the wreck
status in excellent state
depth (m.) 22 max. / -- min. (m)
orientation 10°
position on seabed to starboard
visibility bad
current strong
sea bed gravel
protected yes
war grave
updates
entered by Allen Tony
entered 10/02/2008
last update Schaefer Peter
last update 16/03/2014
 
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Schaefer Peter27/07/2010

The Empress of Ireland is in an exceptional state of preservation, keet in this state by the freezing waters of the St. Lauwrence Seaway. Only 130 ft. under the surface, it is a popular wreck to dive on, but due to very strong currents this is a dive for experts only. The Empress is in such good shpae that divers have reported that print can still be read on a bundle of newspapers found in the mailroom, but sadly some divers have taken bones of the decesed as suviners.

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Allen Tony10/02/2008On her first trip of the summer of 1914 the Empress of Ireland sailed away from her berth in Quebec Harbour bound across the North Atlantic to Liverpool, England. The Empress of Ireland never reached it´s port.

Only hours into her voyage, she collided with the Norwegian collier, Storstad and sank in the gulf of the St. Lawrence River. The Empress of Ireland took all but 462 of the 1477 souls on board with her. Reunions never happened, families were torn apart.

Over a thousand lives were lost in a tragedy that rivaled that of the Titanic. A grim pillar tolls a mass grave in Rimouski, and similar monuments in Montreal and Toronto lament the dead. ...

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Canadian Pacific Steamships (Canadian Pacific Ocean Serv., Canadian Pacific Nav., Canadian Pacific Railway), Liverpool

Canadian Pacific was a Canadian company which owned ships, trains and planes:

The original company was Canadian Pacific Railway Co. incorporated in 1882 as a Canadian company.

In 1901, Canadian Pacific Navigation Co. was bought.

In 1915, Canadian Pacific Ocean Services Ltd. was formed in Liverpool.

In 1921 the name was changed to Canadian Pacific Steamships Ltd.

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About Builders
 Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. Ltd., Govan
Between the two World Wars Fairfield, Glasgow's largest shipyard, built many famous ships for customers which included Anchor Line, Donaldson Line, Canadian Pacific Line and Orient Line. A financial crisis at Fairfield in 1965 led to the formation of Upper Clyde Shipbuilders. UCS collapsed in 1971, but a determined campaign by shipyard workers ensured that the yard survived as Govan Shipbuilders. - The yard was sold in 1988 to the Norwegian company Kvaerner. Kvaerner Govan specialised in the design and build of large, sophisticated gas and chemical carriers as well as specialist, one-off vessels for a wide range of uses. Defence contractors BAE Systems acquired the yard in 1999, after Kvaerner decided to pull out of shipbuilding. As the sole remaining builder of merchant ships in Glasgow, the yard has strong hopes of future prosperity in the 21st century.

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Allen Tony10/02/2008On her first trip of the summer of 1914 the Empress of Ireland sailed away from her berth in Quebec Harbour bound across the North Atlantic to Liverpool, England. The Empress of Ireland never reached it´s port.

Only hours into her voyage, she collided with the Norwegian collier, Storstad and sank in the gulf of the St. Lawrence River. The Empress of Ireland took all but 462 of the 1477 souls on board with her. Reunions never happened, families were torn apart.

Over a thousand lives were lost in a tragedy that rivaled that of the Titanic. A grim pillar tolls a mass grave in Rimouski, and similar monuments in Montreal and Toronto lament the dead.

The shipping world watched in horror. The public demanded information and answers. Confused stories unfolded, riddled by contradiction. What had happened? After the initial shock, a court of Inquiry was formed to establish the truth.

The ships spotted each other three miles apart, the Empress up river and the Storstad down. A fog blanketed the waterway and tales of altered courses and confused signals conflicted. Were the running lights green? Were they red? Had signals been misinterpreted? Who was responsible? Too many questions unanswered.

The waters reached the dynamos in three minutes and both power and lights failed. The passengers, who hadn´t been on the ship 12 hours, struggled in the dark. Some had not even felt the impact. Terrified people were thrown from their beds as the ship listed to starboard. Waters rushed an the Empress sank in 14 minutes.
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