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 Board the Titanic: The Complete Story with Eyewitness Accounts
Based on firsthand accounts and published within weeks of the 1912 tragedy, this dramatic history stands as the most authoritative account of the great marine disaster. Illustrated by 43 vintage images, these reports from survivors form a complete history, from the ship's construction to the tragic aftermath of its sinking.
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