This exciting museum is part of the Site historique maritime de la Pointe-au-Père, in Rimouski.
Entertainment on board
On board the ocean liners that crossed the Atlantic, comfort was important.
The Empress of Ireland had a library, a café, bars, a fitness room, a post office, a barber shop, a boutique and even a bank!
Children played in large sandboxes, and soccer and cricket teams even played on the different decks.
An illustrious crew
On the Empress of Ireland, 30 seaman worked on ship’s maintenance and safety, under the orders of 6 officers. In the engine room, 130 people were responsible for keeping the steam engines running. On the decks, more than 200 crew members saw to the comfort of the 1000 passengers.
In 1914, the entire crew was under the orders of Captain Henry G. Kendall.
Diving to investigate the wreckage
The Empress of Ireland lies at a depth of 42 m in the St. Lawrence River.
In 1914, the first dives to explore the wreckage were carried out using heavy diving suits. The cold and currents made the expeditions even more difficult and dangerous.
Forgotten for almost 50 years due to the two world wars, the wreckage was rediscovered in 1964 and, as of 1999, became a site protected by the Québec government.