Thursday, May 29, 2014

Empress of Ireland


I have just been to the website of the museum devoted to the sinking of the Empress of Ireland at

It was today that the Empress of Ireland sank after being in a collision with the SS Storstad in dense fog off of Rimouski, Quebec. More than 1,000 people lost their lives.

You can read about the sinking of the ship, read the personal stories of the people who were on the ship, and you can plan your visit to the museum at Pointe-au-Père (near Rimouski), Quebec.

You can even plan a boat tour of the place that the ship went down, and you can witness the images of the ship via underwater sonar!

The museum is open until October 5th from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. every day.

You can also revisit my post The Empress of Ireland - May 29, 1914 at

LAC releases its latest podcast - Underwater Canada: Investigation Shipwrecks.

Library and Archives Canada (LAC) has released its latest podcast episode - Underwater Canada: Investigation Shipwrecks. 

In part, the press release says that - 

"In honour of the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Empress of Ireland, Marc-André Bernier, Chief of Parks Canada’s Underwater Archaeology Service, joins us to discuss shipwrecks, their importance in Canadian history, and how LAC plays an important role in researching, discovering and investigating them". 

There is also a transcription of the podcast on the website.