Empress of Ireland

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God Be With You Till We Meet Again- the Empress' "Nearer my God to Thee"- nice postcard, paid $14 about 10 years ago for it. Was happy to see Forgotten Empress for sale at the Fall River Marine Museum Wed.- THS has pulled all of their exhibit- but could not manage to obtain the great TITANIC movie ship model which is still spectacular A new artist has done unbelievably wonderful pencil sketches of some of our well-known survivors, including Dot Gibson, JJ Astor, Miss Newell, Ismay- I got HIS phone number!
 

Gavin Murphy

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It was reported in La Presse yesterday, a Montreal French language daily, that 500 Empress artifacts will be sold to an unnamed American collector from Florida in the next couple of days unless the Cdn. gov't steps up and acquires itself....which appears unlikely.

The artifacts come from, of course, Philppe Beaudry of Longueil.

Price offered is $1.5 million (US).

If deal goes through, another piece of Canadiana sold off to the highest bidder. Don't blame Beaudry. He tried to sell and keep them in Cda. without sucess.

Who us? Hewers of wood and drawers of water with a colonial mentality?
 

Gavin Murphy

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Geoff,

Thanks for this. Of course he has the choice whether to sell or not. But someone obviously make him an offer he couldn't refuse. And he tried to sell to Canadian authorities to set up a museum here without success.

I sense from all this he is rather burnt out and wants out.........pocketin g a tidy little sum on money along the way.

Gavin
 
Together with members of the British Titanic Society & Irish Titanic Historical Society I laid a wreath on the spot where the Empress lies whilst we were in Canada a couple of weeks ago.
A very moving occasion, especially as we were able to see the actual wreck on the charter vessel's radar screen. The Maritime Museum continues to thrive and now has a short film covering the disaster which is played throughout the day.

Geoff
 
Was happy to hear of this Geoff and hope the moment was captured on film. There is something very wonderful and comforting in the act of remembering those lost with a wreath-as long as there is someone who remembers, those lost are never forgotten.
 
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