Empress of Ireland

Please note that this gallery is closed from 22 October 2014. The Empress of Ireland display will move to the Life at Sea gallery|from 15 November 2014.

archive photo of a liner at sea

Empress of Ireland, from the Maritime Archives |collection, reference CHAD.0047.1983.3084

Two years after the Titanic disaster, Liverpool suffered another major shipping tragedy. This was the sinking of the Empress of Ireland in May 1914. 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of this tragic event.

The Empress of Ireland and her sister, the Empress of Britain, were important ships. They were the first passenger liners to be built especially for the Canadian Pacific Line’s growing emigrant trade from Liverpool to Canada. The two Empresses provided a weekly service from Liverpool, starting in May and June 1906. Larger, faster and more comfortable than their rivals, they soon became the most popular ships on this route.

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