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130 member of Salvation Army were lost in 1914 when liner sank

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: June 12, 2014

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AS a Salvationist I was very interested in the article regarding the loss of The Empress of Ireland in The Bugle (May 20 edition).

The sinking of the Titanic in 1912 and the torpedoing of the Lusitania in 1915 have always captured popular imagination, but neither of these disasters had a greater loss of passenger lives than when the Empress of Ireland collided with the Norwegian collier Storstad in the St Lawrence River, Quebec, in the early hours of May 29, 1914.

The actual figure of survivors was 465 not 397 as stated in your report. Of the 1,012 lost 130 were Salvationists on their way to London for the 1914 Salvation Army International Congress. Only 12 of the Canadian Staff Band survived.

To this day, 100 years later the Empress of Ireland rests on the bed of the St Lawrence River, still holding many secrets to uncover, treasures to protect and stories to tell and many unanswered questions.

A book has been written by David Zeni entitled Forgotten Empress and is available from www.avidpublications.co.uk

David Mynott,

Rowley Regis.


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