The Liverpool Retired Merchant Seafarers are pleased to invite shipping enthusiasts to a memorial service for those people lost in the sinking of RMS EMPRESS OF IRELAND in the Saint Lawrence River on the 29th May 1914.
The service will take place in the Liverpool Parish Church of Our Lady and Saint Nicholas, Chapel Street, Liverpool L2 8TZ at 14:30 on the May 29, 2014.
The EMPRESS OF IRELAND left Quebec bound for Liverpool with a full complement of passengers and crew including one hundred and forty three children and one hundred and sixty seven members of the Staff Band of the Canadian Salvation Army.
Shortly after leaving Quebec EMPRESS OF IRELAND entered a dense fog bank and stopped. She was in collision with another ship and sank within fourteen minutes taking with her all but four of the children and one hundred and fifty nine of the Salvation Army Band.
More passengers died in this tragedy than did on Titanic.
Of her crew of four hundred and twenty one hundred and twenty two died with the ship.
The music during the service will be provided by a Salvation Army band and the wreath will be laid on the Altar by Charlotte Mulvaney 7, Canadian born and related to William Mulvaney of Liverpool, trimmer and lost with the ship. Charlotte unites both communities.
Other children will take part in the service; all will be related to members of the crew.
For too long this tragedy has been forgotten, we want to ensure that this ship is never again "The Forgotten Empress.
Further details contact Pat Moran on 07531007554.