published on 16 August 2021
On May 29, 1914 the Norwegian ship the SS Storstad collided with transatlantic liner the RMS Empress of Ireland. The Empress was equipped with watertight compartments and unlike the Titanic which had sunk two years earlier it carried more than enough lifeboats to accommodate everyone on board. Despite these safety features the ship sank in less than 15 minutes killing over a thousand people and resulting in one of the worst naval disasters of all time.
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Photo: Formal portrait of Captain Henry Kendall (1864-1965), the last captain of RMS Empress of Ireland which sank in a collision with the SS Storstad in May 1914
Source: CruisingThePast.com: digitized image illustrating "More passenger lives were lost on the 1914 sinking of the RMS Empress of Ireland than the RMS Titanic" by Michael L. Grace. May 11, 2009
Photo: The New York Times (30 May 1914) showing RMS Empress of Ireland and map where it sank on 29 May 1914.
Photo: The New York Times (31 May 1914) of passengers and crew that did and did not survive sinking of RMS Empress of Ireland on 29 May 1914
Source: Newspaper Archive
Photo: Damage sustained by the SS Storstad after its collision with the RMS Empress of Ireland
Source: Scan from Original Work by Jenniferjcsmith (Original Source Unknown)
Photo: Damaged S.S. "Storstad", Canadian Vickers, Montreal, QC, 1914, Wm. Notman & Son, Silver salts on glass - Gelatin dry plate process - 20 x 25 cm
Source: McCord Museum
Photo: Sailors taking children in coffins from LADY GREY at Quebec
Source: Library of Congress
Photos: Empress of Ireland Advertisement; Empress of Ireland Passengers; Illustration of Passengers escaping Sinking Empress, Empress of Ireland Inquiry
Source: Commemoration of the Empress of Ireland (Original Sources unknown)
Photos: The crew undertakes one the regular drills and lowers various lifeboats into the water; Klavenes Line SS Storstad; Tragedy on the St. Lawrence River; Illustration of Passengers attempting to escape the sinking ship
SS Storstad is seen with her damaged bow after the tragedy
Photo of SS Empress resting on bottom of the river
An illustration of the Empress being lurched violently as she fell over on her side with just five of her life boats on the water
Source: SS Maritime (Original Sources Unknown)
Photo: A map showing the Storstad ramming the Empress.
Source: SITE HISTORIQUE MARITIME DE LA POINTE-AU-PÈRE
Photos: An illustration of the Empress as it sinks; A postcard of the Empress of Ireland.
Source: Popular Mechanics, July 1914
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Chronicles, T. M. (2021, August 16). SHIPWRECK OF THE EMPRESS OF IRELAND. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.worldhistory.org/video/2613/shipwreck-of-the-empress-of-ireland/
Chronicles, The Maple. "SHIPWRECK OF THE EMPRESS OF IRELAND." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified August 16, 2021. https://www.worldhistory.org/video/2613/shipwreck-of-the-empress-of-ireland/.
Chronicles, The Maple. "SHIPWRECK OF THE EMPRESS OF IRELAND." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 16 Aug 2021. Web. 28 Jan 2023.