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The Empress of Ireland, a forgotten history

 
Advertisement appearing in the newspaper The Gazette of May 26, 1914
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Path taken by the Empress of Ireland before its collision with the coal freighter, the Storstad
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At 1:55 a.m., sailors on the passenger liner saw the coal ship emerge from the fog.
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At 1:56 a.m., the coal ship Storstad rammed the passenger liner amidships
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At 1:57 a.m., the boiler rooms were flooded.
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At 1:58 a.m., at the sound of the alarm, the crew tried to close the watertight doors.
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At 1:59 a.m., with great difficulty, some lifeboats were launched.
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At 2:00 a.m., the coal ship Storstad launched its lifeboats.
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At 2:01 a.m., the ship, listing sharply, allowed the passengers little chance to escape.
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At 2:04 a.m., the ship was listing sharply.
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At 2:06 a.m., the ship was lying on its side.
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Illustration from a newspaper at the time depicting a moment during the tragedy
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At 2:09 a.m., the ship sank under the icy waters of the river.
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The coal ship Storstad after the collision
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Pilot boat Eureka offshore from the Pointe-au-Père pilot station
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Postcard of the Lady Evelyn postal boat
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Postcard showing lifeboats transporting victims of the shipwreck
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Postcard showing the transport of a victim of the shipwreck
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