June 22, 2012
The Pointe-au-PÃre Maritime Historic Site Commemorates the 100th Anniversary of the Sinking of the Titanic.
To mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, the Pointe-au-Père Maritime Historic Site will present, as of June 2012, a new multimedia show that compares this tragedy with that of the Empress of Ireland, which sank off Pointe-au-Père, in Bas-Saint-Laurent, two years later, on May 29, 1914.
The creators of the show filmed the museum’s scale model of the Empress of Ireland from every angle. This model was built in 1905 and is showcased in the museum’s permanent exhibit. The Empress of Ireland Museum also features a collection of artifacts salvaged from the wreck as well as photos and eyewitness accounts.
The story of the Titanic has captured public imagination, and visitors often ask questions about this event when visiting the exhibits about the Empress of Ireland. During this anniversary year, various activities will therefore highlight the similarities and differences between these two tragedies. These activities will also pave the way for the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Empress of Ireland in 2014.
Among the activities on offer this summer, the Pointe-au-Père Maritime Historic Site will give visitors the opportunity to meet stoker William Clark (played by an actor), who survived both shipwrecks. Visitors can also tour the Pointe-au-Père Lighthouse, one of the tallest in Canada; the lightkeeper’s house; the foghorn shed; and the Onondaga, Canada’s only submarine open to the public.
Located in Eastern Québec, Bas-Saint-Laurent is one of the five regions of Québec maritime.
Photo credit: Site historique maritime de la Pointe-au-Père
Pointe-au-Père Maritime Historic Site
Media Relations Officer
Le Québec maritime