The R.M.S. Empress of Ireland Community

Signal Service of Canada


Office of the Superintendent,


Quebec, August 15, 1907.


ANNUAL report FOR 1906-07.


Reports have been received from the different signal stations in the River and Gulf of St. Lawrence, during the nine months ending March 31, 1907. In the months of July, August, September, October, November and the first three weeks of December, this office issued two bulletins each week day, at 10.30 a.m. and 3.30 p.m., and one on Sundays, at 3.30 p.m., giving full information of the weather and of inward and outward bound vessels, as signalled when passing stations. These bulletins

have been distributed to the Boards of Trade, Harbour Commissions and press of Montreal and Quebec, the Shipping Federation of Canada at Montreal, the Superintendent of the Quarantine Station at Grosse Isle, the agent of the Department of Marine and Fisheries at Quebec, the Custom-house, Immigration Department, steamship agents, pilots, tug owners, Lloyd's agents and many others. The pilots at Father Point have been supplied with full information of all inward bound vessels as signalled when passing stations east of that point. Also the quarantine doctor at Rimouski was kept informed of the progress of all inward bound mail steamers.

Bulletins were also issued during the last week in March, giving condition, location and movement of the ice in the river and gulf.


The Deputy Minister of Marine at St. John's, Newfoundland, was supplied with information of the weather, wind and location of ice by the signal agents at Anticosti,

Magdalen Islands, Point Amour and Meat Cove, for the guidance of the sealing fleet, which leaves St. John's in March, each year.


The Marconi wireless telegraph stations at Fame Point, Heath Point, Whittle Rocks, Point Riche, Point Amour, Cape Ray and Cape Race, furnished this

office with information of all inward bound steamers equipped with wireless apparatus. This information has been included in the daily bulletins and has proved of great value. During the period covered by this report, the steamers equipped with wireless apparatus were the Tunisian, Victorian and Virginian of the Allan Line, the Empress of Ireland and the Empress of Britain of the Canadian Pacific Railway's Atlantic Lines, also several Canadian government vessels.


The general working of the service has given good satisfaction, and very few complaints have been received.


Respectfully submitted,