One its first outboard journey of the 1914 season, the Empress of Ireland was leaving its Quebec City port in the late afternoon. The temperature was quite mild and the Salvation Army band, that was making its way to Britain for a conference, was on board playing music as the passengers embarked the ship. Following a delicious meal, many passengers were out on the deck admiring the twinkling lights that dotted the St. Lawrence River's banks. Many passengers were tired after their full day of getting to the ship and went to bed early. Slowly the Empress made itself down river and proceeded to pick-up and drop off the harbor pilot at Father's Point (Pointe au Pere) where the last of the mail was gathered for its trip to England. At approximately 2 am, while tacking into the deep channel in fog, the Empress was struck on the starboard amidships and between the funnels by a Norwegian collier named Storstad. The Storstad had an ice-breaking, reinforced bow that literally melted the steel plating of the Empress like a hot knife in butter. Immediately the Empress heeled-over and she was mortally-wounded while sinking fast. Captain Kendall tried all that he could to keep Storstad in the wound but to no avail. Kendall had the Marconi radioman, Ferguson give a distress call and to have the pilot boat return for assistance. Unfortunately, nothing could be done and the Empress of Ireland sank in FOURTEEN MINUTES with the loss of more passenger lives than both Titanic and Lusitania. Overall, more than one thousand lives were lost on this ship with over 800 bodies still entombed on the ship. We treat this lady with a lot of dignity and respect while considering this ship a grave site.