Matt, there are no living survivors from the Empress. The last one, Grace Hanagan Martyn, died 15th May 1995. The basic CPR passenger and crew lists can be found on Seaview Images website - just run a search for it and scroll down the left hand side and it appears somewhere towards the bottom.
The Museum of the Sea (Musee de la mer) near Rimouski is opening a new exhibit on 20 June 2003 at their Pavillon Empress of Ireland. Start time is 1400. The title of the exposition is Les tresors de l"Empress of Ireland. I hope to get up there and see it soon if not on its inauguration. Andre, I think you mentioned the ship's name in letters on the stern. For a while, they were on display at the Museum courtesy of the two divers who raised them. They were stunning, dramatic to view. I was in awe and reminded that the Empress was a large vessel. We tend to think of her as small when compared with the ship of dreams; however, seeing her stern letters drive home a sense of her proportions. As for the "hidden" cargo of ingots, etc....There is no mention of a load of nickel on the documents found in the ship's safe. I received a mysterious call one night several years ago from a gentleman who discussed his entitlement under Admiralty Law to raise the nickel. He said that valuable ore is not treated the same as other salvagable material. Instead, rights to the ore last in perpetuity. He claimed to have a three year right to salvage the ore. Now, this still begs the question about if and where the ore was stored in the hull. This whole story has a Lusitania ring to it given the imminent outbreak of WWI.
Leader - great to see you once again make an appearance. The letters were indeed massive - remember taking my photograph standing by them? They made even me seem small! Only six months until "We three meet again 'eh!"
I bought a copy of your book "Forgotten Empress" at the BTS Convention in Southampton in April. Although I haven't yet had the chance to read it properly I have flicked through and from what I've seen it should be a valuable addition to my collection.
Looking for some help please. I am from New Zealand and my great uncle left these shores many years ago to work in Canada and Alaska.
Our family stories have long talked about my great uncle who died in a shipping accident with his Canadian wife and ? a daughter. The shipping accident was on the St Lawrence River and I'm wondering if it was the Empress of Ireland. is there a passenger list I can access to identify if my kin was on-board. I would appreciate any help I can get. Thank you