For anyone interested, The Musee de la Mer at Rimouski, Quebec, now has the passenger list for the final voyage, as compiled by Craig Stringer and myself on their Website. They also have our crew list which will appear later.
Yes, there was a relationship of a kind - although probably so distant that they had never even met! They were a very large Scottish family.
The Bowes-Lyon luck ran out some five months later when Charles became a victim of World War One on 23rd October 1914.
I thought perhaps you'd enjoy reading this Empress-related article. Forgive me if I picked the wrong thread to post it. William Harbeck was, of course, a Titanic casualty.
MOTOGRAPHY, May 1911, p. 103:
Motion Pictures Cure Seasickness
W. H. Harbeck, of Seattle, official motion picture photographer of the Canadian Pacific railway, returned yesterday from Europe, where he took several thousand feet of views for the company, to be used on its theaterette cars.
On the voyage across the Atlantic on the steamer Empress of Ireland some rough weather was encountered, and a number of the first and second cabin passengers succumbed to the motion of the vessel. To draw their minds from their troubles, Mr. Harbeck put on a set of motion pictures of Canadian Pacific scenery in the salons, and while watching the peaceful scenes in the Canadian Rockies, at Seattle and Vancouver, the ailing passengers, Mr. Harbeck declares, forgot their seasickness and when the show closed had recovered their usual composure. "I believe this is the first time a motion picture show was ever put on for a deep-sea audience," he declared, "and I cordially recommend the method as a sure cure for sea-sickness."
My great uncle, Leonard Palmer, and his wife were passengers on the EoI and were fatalities. Family scuttlebut says there was a newspaper article about them which detailed Leonard going down with the ship and his wife, who was in a lifeboat, jumped in and died with him when she saw the boat going down. Does anyone know of this article please? My grandmother (Leonard's sister) only died four years ago and left me some mementoes from the ship (i.e. letters sent by him to his mother) and I am trying to research more about the tragedy.
Thanks to Geoff Whtfield, who has given me so much information on the Palmers and the Empress of Ireland disaster. I don't know what I would have been able to accomplish in this research without his knowledge and generosity in sharing that knowledge. Thanks Geoff.