Chris Klausen Remembering the "Empress of Ireland"
From Shaw TV in Victoria , B.C., Paul Beilstein talks with local historian Chris Klausen about the sinking of the "Canada's worst maritime disaster the "R.M.S. Empress of Ireland" - a ship loaded with Canadian history.
May 29 1914, one year before the Sinking of the Lusitania a disaster of equal tragedy occurred. RMS Empress of Ireland, a passenger liner on route to Liverpool England with 1,477 Passengers and crew, collided with the Norwegian collier Storstad in a thick fog bank. Fourteen minutes later the mortally wounded Empress of Ireland plunged beneath the water taking 1,012, including 314 of the 318 children onboard, to their graves. Sadly the tragedy of the Empress of Ireland would soon be overshadowed by the outbreak of World War I.
Song: Sleeping Sun
Subject: RMS Empress of Ireland
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