Jun. 19, 2013
During its 85th voyage, the Empress of Ireland
was the scene of a very happy event. Chief Steward Augustus Gaade was called to his cabin to discuss important matters concerning the ship. Imagine his surprise, upon arriving, to find representatives of Canadian and American customs, the postal service and the railway company! These officials generally travelled from Rimouski to Quebec City and back. This time, they had all come to give him a gift on the occasion of his recent marriage. George Moore, a Canadian Pacific agent, gave him the gift and wished the newlyweds a long and peaceful journey across the sea of life. As small party ensued, after which all returned to their posts to guide the ship and its 1,496 passengers safely to port.
The Empress of Ireland
departed Quebec City on June 26 with 1,089 passengers aboard, a large number for the crossing to Europe. Travelling in first class was a group of Chicago doctors bound for a medical convention in Germany. Also aboard were several passengers from Cincinnati on their way to tour Europe.
The St. Lawrence is enjoying increased popularity as a navigable waterway.