A Tribute to the Empress of Ireland

Photo of the Empress of Ireland
by The Salvation Army in Canada
Categories: Divisional News

By: June Li

It was on the fateful day of May 29th that thousands of lives were lost in one of the country’s worst Maritimes disasters. During early hours, the Empress of Ireland was struck by a Norwegian Collier, causing the vessel to plunge beneath the surface of the St. Lawrence River in mere minutes. This tragedy devastated the nation but The Salvation Army bore the brunt of its blow, losing more than 150 officers which included senior leaders and members of the Staff Band.

The sinking of the Empress of Ireland happened over 100 years ago but the tragedy has never been far from the minds of members and friends of The Salvation Army.

The Empress of Ireland continues to be a significant part of The Salvation Army’s and Canada’s history.  Despite the disaster, The Salvation Army continued its ministry and influence, giving hope and assistance to those most destitute in society. In memory of the lives lost, a monument was built by The Salvation Army at the Mount Pleasant Cemetery located in Toronto, Ontario.

On Sunday, May 27th at 3:00 p.m. please join us in prayer and remembrance at the Annual Salvation Army memorial service located at the Empress of Ireland Monument at the Mount Pleasant Cemetery.

Memorial Service poster with service information