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The Tragic Story of the Empress of Ireland

The Tragic Story of the Empress of Ireland

by Logan Marshall

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A century after it sank to the bottom of the St. Lawrence River, the ruin of the Empress of Ireland has remained one of the most devastating tragedies in maritime history. Logan Marshall’s vivid and detailed reportage was the first account of the disaster and has endured as a classic chronicle of what happened that fateful night.

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 as 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 1,475 aboard, 1,078 perished in a matter of minutes. It remains the worst peacetime catastrophe in Canadian history.

In addition to his unforgettable account of the sinking, Logan Marshall also presents a gripping retelling of the Titanic disaster, as well as other maritime tragedies. For decades, Marshall’s account of the Empress of Ireland has remained the definitive version, comparable to Walter Lord’s chronicle of the Titanic sinking, A Night to Remember.


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ISBN-13: 9780698151321
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/01/2014
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 817,601
File size: 18 MB
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Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Logan Marshall was a pseudonym for Logan Howard-Smith, an editor at the John C. Winston Publishing Company. He wrote a number of books, including Sinking of the Titanic and Other Sea Disasters and Horrors and Atrocities of the Great War. He died in 1936.

Table of Contents

Foreword S. Thomas Russell ix

Introduction xv

i The Empress of Ireland Sails to Her Doom 1

ii Captain Kendall Blames the Storstad 15

iii Captain Andersen's Defense 21

iv Miraculous Escape of the Few 25

v The Stricken Survivors Return 33

vi Heroes of the Empress Disaster 52

vii The Surgeon's Thrilling Story 58

viii Ship of Death Reaches Quebec 63

ix Solemn Services for the Dead 71

x Crippling Loss to Salvation Army 81

xi Notable Passengers Aboard 99

xii List of Survivors and Roll of the Dead 107

xiii The Storstad Reaches Port 118

xiv Parliament Shocked by the Calamity 125

xv Messages of Sympathy and Help 127

xvi Placing the Blame 134

xvii Empress in Fact, as in Name 151

xviii The Norwegian Collier Storstad 155

xix The St. Lawrence: A Beautiful River 157

xx The Tragic Story of the Titanic Disaster 169

xxi The Most Sumptuous Palace Afloat 173

xxii The Titanic Strikes an Iceberg! 182

xxii "Women and Children First!" 192

xxiv Left to Their Fate 217

xxv The Call for Help Heard 226

xxvi In the Drifting Lifeboats 231

xxvii The Tragic Homecoming 250

xxviii Other Great Marine Disasters 280

xxix Development of Shipbuilding 288

xxx Safety and Lifesaving Devices 295

xxxi Seeking Safety at Sea 302

Afterword 315

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