Shipwreck - 'S S Empress of Ireland'

Ref: G3658
  • £125.00

‘EMPRESS OF IRELAND’ 1914. At about 1.30 a.m. on the morning of 29th May 1914, during dense fog, the Norwegian collier 'Storstad' collided with the Canadian Pacific Railway Company's steamer 'Empress of Ireland' which was bound for Liverpool from Quebec, off Father Point in the St Lawrence River. The ‘Empress of Ireland’ sunk within twelve minutes five miles east of Father Point with the loss of 1034 lives. Salvage operations were carried out, starting three months after the accident, and some of the mail was recovered. Mail was recovered by divers in batches between the middle of September and mid December. All recovered mail received a straight line cachet ‘ Recovered by divers from wreck of S.S. Empress of Ireland’. This cover from Montreal (May 26) has the cachet in blue, which is by far the scarcest of the three colours used. (The others were green and violet) On the back is an Ottawa Branch Dead Letter Office SEP 18 1914 datestamp, making this cover one of the first to have been recovered.