Much of the superstructure on the Empress of Ireland is starting to lose its structural integrity. The enclosure of the bridge has collapsed and the ship's wheel has been recovered (and placed in the Empress of Ireland museum at Father's Point Pointe au Pere) - but the walkway to the sides of the ship from the bridge are intact. The teak decking in this area is very well preserved as is the teak railing. The following video will place you on the bridge of the Empress of Ireland-almost frozen in time to the day it sank.
The place where we are diving here is where the officers would be taking directional sightings off the bridge. As we move from the bridge, we will be coming to the teak railing and the entrance-way to stairs that allows the officers to go down to the cargo hold area. As we look down the stairs, we can easily see the huge cargo winches that were used to hoist steamer trunks, cars, materials and other items from the docks into the vast cargo hold of the Empress. This is one of my favorite areas of the Empress as I can virtually look over the majestic surrounding that this beautiful shipwreck has become.