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Empress of Ireland Tragedy 1914 An almost forgotten maritime tragedy is the sinking of The Empress of Ireland, a trans-Atlantic ocean liner owned by the Canadian Pacific Steamship Company. At about 2 a.m. on May 29, 1914, during one of its regular voyages from Quebec City to Liverpool, it collided with the Norwegian ship Storstad in the cold waters of the St. Lawrence River. Out of the 1,477 passengers aboard, 1,012 perished. The high death toll was largely attributable to how quickly the ship sank (14 minutes) and that most of the passengers were in bed when the accident occurred. Among the dead were 167 Salvation Army musicians who were travelling to England to perform at a charity function. A Canadian inquiry into the disaster blamed the Storstad for the collision while a Norwegian inquiry blamed the Empress of Ireland. For years the Empress of Ireland was visited by scuba divers who plundered some of its valuables. However, it is now illegal to dive near the wreck as the Canadian government has declared it a maritime gravesite. (There are human remains inside the ship.) There are no living survivors from that awful night. The last one died in 1985.
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Added: 29th April 2008
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Posted By: Lava1964
R.M.S Titanic Sank 96 Years Ago Today Titanic struck an iceberg on April 14, 1912, and sank two hours and forty minutes later on April 15, 1912. The sinking resulted in the deaths of more than 1,500 people, ranking it as one of the worst peacetime maritime disasters in history and by far the most famous.
Tags: R.M.S    Titanic    Ship    Accident    Sea    1912    Iceberg    Kate    Winslet    Leonardo    DiCaprio    James    Cameron   
Added: 13th April 2008
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Posted By: Cliffy
Titanic Within days of the sinking, a United States Senate subcommittee launched an investigation into the incident, they reported that 1,517 people perished in the accident, while the British investigation placed the number at 1,490 To the gallant crews of the Titanic and the Carpathia To the passengers ... victims and survivors alike We remember Uphold them with Thy saving grace. Thou Who supports with tender might The balanced birds in all their flight. Lord, if the tempered winds be near, That, having Thee, they know no fear. -- Mary C. D. Hamilton (1915) Photos Maritime Quest http://www.maritimequest.com/ Encyclopedia-Titanica http://www.encyclopedia-titanica.org/ The incredible Art of Titanic E. D. Walker http://www.edwalkermarine.com/ James A. Flood http://www.jamesaflood.com Simon Fisher http://www.simonfishermaritime.com/ Ken Marschall http://www.transatlanticdesigns.com/ Audio Clips with survivors Edith Russell Charles Herbert Lightoller BBC radio sound archives Music Titanic Soundtrack music composed and conducted by James Horner conceived and produced by Dale Caruso Here are several top notch locations to visit and spend time; and to begin you quest for information about Titanic and the tragic event of April 14th 1912 encyclopedia titanica http://www.encyclopedia-titanica.org/ Titanic Nautical Resource Center. http://www.titanic-nautical.com/ Titanic Historical Society(THS) http://www.titanic1.org/ And highly reccomended for photos, data, paintings on Titanic, her sisters, or most any type of sailing vessel Maritime Quest http://www.maritimequest.com/ If you love the sea, Maritime Quest will definitely top your "favorites" list
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Added: 25th September 2008
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Posted By: dalecaruso
Watertight Smith William Alden Smith was a respected and capable career politician from Michigan who, unfortunately, became the subject of ridicule for one unfortunate public statement. Smith served in the Michigan House of Representatives, the U.S. House of Representatives, and the U.S. Senate. When the R.M.S. Titanic sank in 1912, Smith chaired the American investigation into the maritime tragedy. Although the inquiry was responsible for creating many improved international safety measures regarding oceanic shipping, Smith was widely mocked (especially in the British press) for asking why the passengers in the doomed ship didn't seek safety in the Titanic's watertight cabins. It was pointed out to Smith that the so-called watertight cabins were meant to keep the ship afloat, not to hold passengers. Furthermore, the cabins would have been no help to passengers as they sank with the rest of the Titanic. The British newspapers quickly nicknamed the distinguished senator 'Watertight' Smith.
Tags: Watertight  Smith  Titanic 
Added: 25th October 2009
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Posted By: Lava1964
SS Eastland Disaster - 1915 On Saturday, July 24, 1915 the S.S. Eastland, a Chicago-based passenger steamer ship, welcomed nearly 2,600 people aboard. Most were employees of the Western Electric Company's Hawthorne Works in Cicero, IL and their families. The Eastland was docked at a pier in the Chicago River. Passengers began boarding at 6:30 a.m. Their destination was Michigan City, IN--a three-hour trip across Lake Michigan for a day of fun and recreation at an enormous company picnic. The last passengers boarded the Eastland at about 7:10 a.m. At 7:28 a.m., still tied to the dock, the Eastland took on water, lurched dramatically to its port side (away from the dock) where most of the passengers were standing, and quickly capsized. About one-third of the passengers--844 people--and four crew members were trapped within the doomed ship and were either crushed to death or drowned in 20 feet of water. How did the catastrophe happen? First, the ship was overloaded with both passengers and the weight of additional lifeboats mandated by new maritime safety laws. In previous trips that summer, the Eastland had carried 1,100 passengers at most. Second, renovations and additions to the Eastland has raised its height and dangerously shifted the ship's center of gravity. Third, the Eastland's ballast tanks were initially empty. If they had been filled before the passengers boarded, they could have provided more stable balance for the Eastland. Twenty-two entire families perished in the disaster. One notable person bought a ticket for the Eastland. Fortunately for him, he arrived at the dock too late to board the ship. It was a 20-year-old Western Electric employee George Halas. He had intended to play in the baseball game at the company picnic. Halas, after playing 24 games for the New York Yankees in 1919, would later be one of the key figures in founding the National Football League.
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Added: 27th April 2017
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