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.
On May 29, 1914, the Empress of Ireland sank in the St. Lawrence Seaway, taking the lives of over 1000 people. This year marks the 100th anniversary of Canada’s worst maritime disaster, and the Oshawa Historical Society is inviting you to learn more about this ship, the disaster and those on board. Please join us for May’s Speaker Series when we welcome Ian Kinder, author of A Tale of Two Sisters: The History of the Atlantic Empresses, who will share the story of the Empress of Ireland.
The Oshawa Historical Society’s May Speaker Series is taking place Tuesday, May 20 at 7PM. The meetings are held at the Oshawa Public Library, McLaughlin Branch Auditorium, located at 65 Bagot Street, Oshawa. Admission to the Oshawa Historical Society Speaker Series is $3 or FREE for members of the Oshawa Historical Society.