Beneath The Waves Lecture Series
Exploring Empress of Ireland with Chief Curator, Dr. John Willis
Date: Wednesday, May 25
Time: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Join the Canadian Museum of History, Chief Curator, Dr. John Willis as he explores the shipwreck of Empress of Ireland. Dr. Willis will be exploring questions that will hopefully shed light on the disaster itself – the worst maritime disaster in our history – and the temper of the times.
Carrying tens of thousands of passengers between Canada and Great Britain in the early years of the 20th century, Empress of Ireland was considered to be on the finest ships in the Canadian Pacific Railway fleet. But in the early morning of May 29, 1914, on the fog-bound St. Lawrence River, the Empress was hit broadside by a coal ship, the Storstad. The ocean liner went down in less than 15 minutes.
6:00 p.m. - Empress of Ireland - Canada’s Titanic guided tour with curator Dan Conlin
6:45 p.m. - Music from the Halifax Citadel Salvation Army Band
7:15 p.m. - ‘‘The Sinking of the Empress of Ireland in 1914: Massive human disaster and expert witness to an era’’ lecture Dr. John Willis