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Posted - 25/02/2005 :  19:48:11  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
New article published February 2005, by Marion Kelch:

The Collision between the S/S Empress of Ireland and the S/S Storstad - This article was provided by Marion Kelch, chairperson of the Empress of Ireland Artifacts Committee. The Empress of Ireland sank in the St. Lawrence River the night of May 29, 1914, after colliding with the Norwegian collier S/S Storstad. The accident took 1012 lives of which 14 were Norwegians. The Empress of Ireland is the world's second worst sinking (of a transatlantic steamship), in peacetime, after the Titanic.

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Posted - 09/03/2007 :  18:40:33  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I am working on a painting of the SS Empress of Ireland - SS Storstad collision in the St. Lawrence River. Could anyone direct me to where I might find/download detailed high resolution photos/images of the Storstad.
Jim Clary, Marine Artist 810-987-0767,

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Posted - 27/10/2007 :  19:28:06  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Second worst peacetime sinking ever? Not even close!

Wikipedia lists seven peacetime maritime disasters ahead of this one. They are:

4,300 - 4,500 - Doņa Paz, (Philippines, 1987)(
1,863 - MV Joola (Senegal, 2002)
1,547 - Sultana (Mississippi River, 1865)
1,517 - RMS Titanic (North Atlantic, 1912)
1,155 - Toya Maru (Tsugaru Strait, 1954)
1,021 - General Slocum (New York, 1904)
1,018 - Al-Salam Boccaccio 98 (Red Sea, 2006)

Whoever said it's the "second worst ever" doesn't appear to have done his research...
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Posted - 27/10/2007 :  20:17:48  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks for your inputs, the sentence has now been corrected to: "the world's second worst sinking (of a transatlantic steamship), in peacetime..."

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Posted - 01/08/2013 :  03:41:25  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
As you all may or may not know that next year will be the 100 Anniversary of the Sinking of the Empress of Ireland in the St. Lawrence River on May 29th, 1914.

Currently there are several books coming out on the subject including mine by December of this year, which has many never before seen pictures of the Storstad, how the accident looked just before the Storstad hit with the Empress, well over 100 pictures and drawings. There are two movies that are being released soon, one in September 2013 in Montreal and another in May 2014 which is produced by a friend of mine.

You can also visit my web site at

Here you can find all kinds of interesting stories, see photographs or purchase very detailed drawing of the complete set of deck plans of the Empress of Ireland or my NEW set of rigging plans bring the Empress of Ireland and the Storstad back together on one drawing.

I am always looking for new information on the following ships the Empress of Ireland, Empress of Britain, Storstad and the Helvetia.

Ian Kinder
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