The Tragic Story of the Empress of Ireland

The Tragic Story of the Empress of Ireland

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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,

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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.

CENTENNIAL EDITION: INCLUDES PHOTOS AND A NEW AFTERWORD UPDATING THE STORY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780698151321
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/01/2014
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
523,068
File size:
18 MB
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Age Range:
18 Years

Meet 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.

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The Tragic Story Of The Empress Of Ireland 1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is poorly written and of limited value. There are errors in geography (page 3 - referring to Rimouski on the New Brunswick shore), inconsistent technical errors (speed in knots per hour in Empress section, not repeated in the Titanic section), futile attempts to inspire ("those who died bravely" - page 32), no new additional information on how the accident occured, the Titanic section references the  First Officer's suicide (appears in the movie but not supported historically) and includes Empress photos. The feeling I got from reading this book was that someone needed money in a hurry and was looking to cash in on well-known tragedies without verifying information. There  are lots of well-researched and technically sound books on the "Empress of Ireland" - This isn't one of them. Mike G. (a student of marine incidents)