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Rimouski in Rimouski-Neigette MRC, Quebec — French Canadian Region
 

L'épave du/The Wreck of RMS Empress of Ireland

 
 
L'épave du/The Wreck of RMS <i>Empress of Ireland</i> Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 16, 2018
1. L'épave du/The Wreck of RMS Empress of Ireland Marker
Inscription.  

Le naufrage de ce vaisseau majestueux, le 29 mai 1914, causa la mort de 1 012 personnes, représentant la plus grave tragédie maritime de l'histoire canadienne. Son épave, au large de Sainte-Luce, constitue l'exemple le plus complet au pays d'un paquebot océanique du début du XXe siècle et le seul vestige d'un tel navire ayant appartenu au Canadien Pacifique, cette compagnie exploitant le plus vaste réseau de transport et de communication au monde avant la Première Guerre mondiale. Comme des dizaines de milliers d'immigrants firent la traversée à bord de l'Empress of Ireland entre 1906 et 1914, leurs nombreux descendants demeurent historiquement attachés à ce symbole de leur enracinement au Canada.

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With a loss of 1,012 lives, the sinking of this majestic ship on May 29, 1914, stands as the worst maritime disaster in Canadian history. Lying off Sainte-Luce, the wreck is the most structurally complete example of an early 20th-century ocean liner in the country. It
L'épave du/The Wreck of RMS <i>Empress of Ireland</i> Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 16, 2018
2. L'épave du/The Wreck of RMS Empress of Ireland Marker
is also the sole remaining ocean liner of the Canadian Pacific Railway from before the First World War, a period when the company operated the largest transportation and communication network in the world. Tens of thousands of immigrants arrived aboard the Empress of Ireland between 1906 and 1914. Today, their many descendants remain historically and emotionally connected to this symbol of the roots of their lives in Canada.
 
Erected by Commission des lieux et monuments historiques du Canada / Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Canada, Historic Sites and Monuments Board marker series.
 
Location. 48° 31.066′ N, 68° 28.118′ W. Marker is in Rimouski, Quebec, in Rimouski-Neigette MRC. Marker is on rue du Phare, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is on the Pointe-au-Père Lighthouse station grounds. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1000 rue du Phare, Rimouski, Quebec G5M 1L8, Canada.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Innovation (here, next to this marker); Modernisation / Modernizing (here, next to this marker); Les premiers phares / The first lighthouses (here, next to this marker);
RMS <i>Empress of Ireland</i> Stern Letters and Remnants Recovered From The Wreck Site image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 16, 2018
3. RMS Empress of Ireland Stern Letters and Remnants Recovered From The Wreck Site
In the Empress of Ireland Museum
Vivre à / Daily Life at Pointe-au-Père (within shouting distance of this marker); Les premices / In the beginning (within shouting distance of this marker); Les signaux sonores / The sound signals (within shouting distance of this marker); Témoins de l'automatisation de la station de phare (within shouting distance of this marker); Bienvenue / Welcome (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rimouski.
 
Also see . . .
1. Lost Liners: Empress of Ireland. (Submitted on November 29, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. RMS Empress of Ireland at Wikipedia. (Submitted on November 29, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Empress of Ireland Museum (2017 Blog). (Submitted on November 29, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. The Empress of Ireland at Diving Almanac. (Submitted on November 29, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. DisastersMan-Made FeaturesWaterways & Vessels
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 7, 2018. This page originally submitted on November 29, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 66 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 30, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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