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Canada's Worst Marine Disaster

monument commemorating the first meeting in Canada of the Salvation Army, London, Ontario

Canada's worst marine disaster occurred 100 years ago on May 29th, 1914 at 2am when the Norwegian freighter, the Storstad, collided with the CPR ocean liner, Empress of Ireland at the mouth of the St. Lawrence. 

As a result of the collision, the Empress of Ireland sank within 14 minutes. 

Of the 1,477 persons on board, 1,012 (840 passengers and 172 crew) died.  167 members of the Salvation Army were aboard on their way to the third International Congress of the Salvation Army in London, England. Only 26 survived the sinking. 

There were 37 passengers listed from London, Ontario aboard; only one was rescued. 

For more information, please attend the upcoming talk by archivist Arthur McClleland:

The Sinking of the Empress of Ireland 

Cherryhill Branch,Sam Katz Room
2pm,Thursday May 29th, 2014
The Empress of Ireland sank 100 years ago on May 29, 1914. Over 1000 people lost their lives that night, and among them were 23 passengers who called London Ontario their home. Come and learn more about this tragedy and the Londoners who lost their lives.

Glossy print showing a monument that has just been unveiled by Judge Joseph

Judge Joseph Wearing unveiling the monument commemorating the first meeting in Canada of the Salvation Army, London, Ontario

This photograph was taken on Sunday, May 24, 1942 on Market Square behind the Royal Bank Building.

Public domain: Copyright has expired according to Canadian law. No restrictions on use.