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Empress of Ireland Stamp
A collectors stamp issued by Canada Post - Postes Canada
to commemorate the 100 years since her sinking in the Saint Lawrence river in Quebec

Graphic designer: Susan Scott
Painting: Aristides Balanos

Issue date: May 29, 2014
Cancellation site: Pointe-au-Père, QC


 

Souvenir Sheet – International Stamp
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First Day Cover - International Stamp
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International Postage-Paid Postcard
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Limited edition Framed print
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Limited edition Uncut Press Sheet
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Limited edition Anniversary collectors set
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The Empress of Ireland
oil on canvas 30 x 60 cm
Permanent collection of the National Library of Canada
 


 

The Story (Wikipedia)

The RMS Empress of Ireland was an ocean liner that sank in the Saint Lawrence River following a collision with the Norwegian collier SS Storstad in the early hours of 29 May 1914. Of the 1,477 persons on board the ship, 1,012 died. The number of deaths is the largest of any Canadian maritime accident in peacetime.

The Empress of Ireland was built by Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering at Govan on the Clyde in Scotland and was launched in 1906. The liner, along with her sister ship Empress of Britain, was commissioned by Canadian Pacific Steamships (at that time part of the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) conglomerate) for the North Atlantic route between Quebec and Liverpool in England. The transcontinental CPR and its fleet of ocean liners constituted CPR's self-proclaimed "World's Greatest Transportation System".
Empress of Ireland had just begun her 96th sailing when she sank.

The wreck lies in 40 metres (130 ft) of water, making it accessible to divers. Many artifacts from the wreckage have been retrieved, some of which are on display in the Empress of Ireland Pavilion
at the Site historique maritime de la Pointe-au-Père in Rimouski, Quebec. The Canadian government has passed legislation to protect the site.

Numerous books have been written about the sinking of Empress of Ireland and several films and documentaries have been made.


 

Links

Wikipedia: The Empress of Ireland

Site historique maritime de la Pointe-au-Père, Quebec, Canada

Canadian Museum of History: Canada's Titanic - The Empress of Ireland

National Museums Liverpool: The Empress of Ireland

Encyclopedia Titanica: The Empress of ireland

Canada Post - Postes Canada

Books

A Tale of Two Sisters, The history of the Atlantic Empresses, by Ian Kinder

Forgotten Empress, by David Zeni

Fourteen minutes: The last voyage of the Empress of Ireland, by James Croall

MS Empress of Ireland: Pride of the Canadian Pacific's Atlantic Fleet, by Derek Grout

Films

Lost Liners: Titanic - RMS Empress of Ireland - Lusitania, by Robert D. Ballard and Peter Schnall

May 29th 2014, Empress of Ireland Memorial Service, Liverpool

 

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