The Tragic Story of the Empress of Ireland

The Tragic Story of the Empress of Ireland

Book - 2014 | Berkley trade pbk ed., Centennial ed.
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On May 28, 1914, the grand ocean liner the Empress of Ireland left Quebec on the St. Lawrence River, bound for an Atlantic crossing to Liverpool, England. At a few minutes before two o'clock on the morning of Friday, May 29, the Empress sighted the Norwegian collier Storstad at the same time a heavy fog bank was descending. Despite warnings and evasive maneuvers, the Empress was struck on the starboard side by the Storstad, which penetrated its hull by twelve feet. The captain and crew had less than fifteen minutes to save their passengers before the ship slipped under the waves. Of the 1,477 aboard, 1,012 perished in a matter of minutes. It remains the worst peacetime catastrophe in Canadian history.
Publisher: New York : Berkley Books, 2014.
Edition: Berkley trade pbk ed., Centennial ed.
ISBN: 9780425273548
Branch Call Number: 910.916344 MARSH
Characteristics: xvii, 318 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.


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Oct 31, 2018

Badly written and inaccurate. I stopped paying attention to the text when it described Rimouski as being on "New Brunswick shore of the St. Lawrence". Only about 50% of the book is about the Empress of Ireland. If I could give a 0 star rating I would: avoid.

Apr 04, 2018

Fluff. Half the book slides into story of Titanic.

Hard to believe publisher had the guts to issue this.

Basically, a fraud.

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