Its Official!!! On March 12th, 2017 at 2:00 pm at the Paris Museum in Paris, Ontario, Ian Kinder will be giving another fascinating look into facts and story behind Canada's Greatest Maritime Disaster to date. This forgotten story is filled with intriguing facts about the construction of the Empress of Britain and her sister ship the Empress of Ireland as one of the safest ships of the day. Focusing on the career of the Empress of Ireland as transatlantic ocean liner from 1906 to 1914. Also Mr. Kinder will briefly talk about the accident in 1912 in which the Empress of Britain sunk the Helvetia with no loss of life. Mr. Kinder believe that this accident would cause a ripple effect and would play out again to years later between the Empress of Ireland and the Storstad. But this time sinking the Empress of Ireland and killing 1,012 passengers and crew.
Paris, Ontario is also involved with the Empress of Ireland disaster. Four of the towns residence were aboard the ship on May 29th, 1914 and all four perished. There is a beautiful brass plate in the St. James Church in Paris, that was put up by Mr. Blackhurst for his wife Ada. The disaster effected thousands beyond the disaster.