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SPEAKER SERIES REVIEW – THE EMPRESS OF IRELAND

Its hard to believe that I did this second lecture almost three years ago at the Oshawa Historical Society on the 22nd of May 2014. Since then I have done several more lectures and there is another already in the works for this coming March 2017 in Paris, Ontario.

Paris is a beautiful town nestle between the Nith and Grand River. Its a welcoming town and a lovely place where you could easily call home.

One hundred and three years ago the town of Paris lost four of their residence in the Empress of Ireland disaster. And in my new book "The 96th, Voyage/Truth About the Empress of Ireland Tragedy I talk about these individuals and how their loss affect the town and their loved one.

This excerpt below was taken from the Oshawa Historical Society where I spoke three years ago.

"On May 29, 1914, the RMS Empress of Ireland was travelling down the St. Lawrence River, destined for England. In the early morning hours, as a thick fog was set in, the Empress collided with a Norwegian Collier, the Storstad, and she sank in 14 minutes, taking 1,012 lives with her, including 167 members of the Salvation Army who were travelling to England for the third International Congress. Author and artist Ian Kinder spoke about the Empress of Ireland, her sister ship, the Empress of Britain, what happened on the fateful evening of May 29, and the aftermath of the disaster. The wreck of the Empress of Ireland remains Canada’s worst maritime disaster in peacetime, and this year marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking. We thank Ian for sharing the story, and we thank those who attended."

Picture 1: Ian Kinder signing his book, A Tale of Two Sisters for Oshawa Historical Society Member Marjorie. Marjorie’s aunt, May Blakeburn, was on board the Empress of Ireland and did not survive the sinking

Picture 2: Ian Kinder addressing the crowd.

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