The R.M.S. Empress of Ireland Community

This article was published in September 22nd, 1914. It was about three months after the formal Inquiry was over and Lord Mersey and his other nautical assessors came to the conclusion that when a vessel was approaching fog that the captain should close his watertight doors and his port holes until the fog has cleared. Or whenever practical they should be closed at sunset and reopened at sun rise.

Precautions of this kind would secure the float-ability of the ship in accordance with the designer's intentions. Whereas neglect of such precautions may lead to the foundering of a vessel.

And yet during the Formal Inquiry when the Canadian Pacific Rule Book was read in court about closing watertight doors and port holes when approaching fog, snow or sleet. This was over ruled by Lord Mersey stating that the rules did not fall under Admiralty Law. Captain Kendall was not reprimanded for his lack of action in this case and his ship sank in 14 minutes with disastrous results. He was exonerated and sent home as a hero!

Picture 1 Empress of Ireland approaches the fog.
Picture 2 Collision occurs 
Picture 3 Empress rapidly sinks watertight doors and port holes open

Lord Mersey Was No Einstein

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Empress of Ireland and the Storstad approaches each other in the fog.
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The 10,000 ton Storstad collides with the Empress of Ireland.
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Captain Kendall claims that his ship the Empress of Ireland is dead in the water after he stopped it from full speed ahead in 2 minutes. He also claims that the 10,000 ton Storstad was going approximately 10 knots or full speed and then back out after the collision!
For further information our deck plans show in detail as to exactly where the Storstad collided with the Empress of Ireland. 
Diagram 3