Simone T.

Sidney, British Columbia


Empress of Ireland

The Empress of Ireland was a ship that sank on May 29th, 1914. Since it happened 2 years after the RMS Titanic sank and 2 months before World War I, it was forgotten. This remains Canada’s biggest marine disaster.



What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?

I learned that even though this is the biggest marine disaster in Canada, it's still forgotten. 1,012 of the 1,477 aboard perished, and only 4 of the 138 survived. Although the death toll of the <em>Titanic</em> was higher, more passengers died on the <em>Empress of Ireland</em>. I hope after doing this project more people will remember the <em>Empress of Ireland</em>.

What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?

I've learned that not all history is remembered. Some history is slowly becoming unknown. I encourage Canadians to learn or do projects on topics that are beginning to become forgotten or are almost already forgotten. You can not only learn from these topics, but teach what you've learned to others.

How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?

The <em>Empress of Ireland</em> was the safest ship afloat at the time, yet it still sank. It is important to be cautious when out at sea, because even with our technology today no ship will ever be unsinkable. The tragedy of the <em>Empress of Ireland</em> can happen again if we are not careful.