> I don't want to give out his name yet as the matter is under investigation. What I can say is that he, and his crew, were the reason Mr. Beaudry called on the Government to protect the ship. They had used a boat and several commercial divers for several weeks diving on the Empress searching for the ingots up to and after the ship received her protected designation. The artifacts removed from the Empress were taken from Rimouski to the Baie des Chaleurs and held here in two 45' trucks on a farm property belonging to his girlfriend. I've spoken to him several times about these dives on the Empress and it is clear he is seeking an offshore buyer. The Committee to save the Beaudry artifacts have the name and details. They instigated the investigation.
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She represents the group trying to keep Empress artifacts in Canada and is trying to raise money to prevent the loss of the Beaudry collection to Florida.
I would just say that last year, we chartered a launch to take us out to the wreck site in order to lay a wreath over the Empress's resting place. As we approached, a small vessel was at the sight but took off like a "bat out of Hell" once it had seen us - our Skipper told us that this was a regular sight and he believes that the plundering still goes on.
Today, 29th May, marks the eighty ninth anniversary of the Empresses loss.How sad that there has been little or no media coverage of a disaster which cost more passenger lives than that of the Titanic.
I was heartened to receive an email however from the Artifacts Preservation Committee who are doing a quite amazing job in attempting to keep the recovered items in Canada.
> Your message was received early enough in the Baie des Chaleurs to contact all media immediately with a copy of your note. The media from Carleton, Quebec (cieu-fm) to CBC French Rimouski and Matane jumped on the story and started extensive coverage from the site of the Empress (Rimouski) all through the Gaspe Peninsula and down to Montreal (CBC English radio). Radio Canada is working on the story now in Matane. The time difference between you and us permitted the media not to forget this important anniversary. Pass this item on from Geoff to media all across Canada. An excellent opportunity to talk with the media about the artifacts. Thanks for the early morning message.
> My understanding is that Committee to save the artifacts had only raised $15,000, far from the amount needed to get matching federal funding. Beaudry is now legally able to sell and send the artifacts to Florida. I don't know why the Committee doesn't keep everyone posted on this initiative through this web site. There's a communication problem with the Committee. The artifacts were to be purchased and displayed in Ottawa. There's been no news on any progress for many weeks. I suppose we can all help by bringing this problem to the attention of the media on this special day.