RMS Empress of Ireland


The RMS Empress of Ireland was a transatlantic passenger ship that sank early in the morning of 29 May 1914 on the St. Lawrence River killing 1,012 of the 1,477 people on board. It is considered Canada’s worst maritime disaster and one of the most tragic in history.

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  • 1906
    The transatlantic passenger liner Empress of Ireland makes her maiden voyage.
  • 1906 - 1914
    The Empress of Ireland transports over 100,000 immigrants from Britain to Canada and nearly 70,000 from Canada to Britain.
  • 29 May 1914
    The Empress of Ireland is struck by the Norwegian collier Storstad on the St. Lawrence River and sinks in under 14 minutes, taking 1,012 lives.