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29/05/1914 RMS Empress of Ireland sinks with 1 012 people on board

RMS Empress of Ireland was an ocean liner that sank near the mouth of the Saint Lawrence River following a collision in thick fog with the Norwegian collier SS Storstad. Of the 1,477 people on board, 1,012 died, making it the worst peacetime maritime disaster in Canadian history.


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  • Description and construction 

  • Final crossing 

  • Collision and sinking 

  • Passengers and crew 

  • Investigation 

  • Wreck site 

  • Memorials 

  • Commemorations