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Oceania Marina Plays Part in Empress of Ireland Anniversary

On May 29, 2014, at 55 minutes past midnight, church bells in Rimouski and Sainte-Luce-sur-Mer rang out over the St. Lawrence River in the darkness to commemorate the loss of the Empress of Ireland a hundred years earlier.

Descendants of family members involved in the tragedy gathered in Rimouski for a series of commemorative events. One group of individuals who had assembled at Pointe-au-Père Marine Historic Site happened to notice that a cruise ship was passing by offshore in precisely the same location and time that the Empress of Ireland had been lost.

That cruise ship happened to be the Marina, which has just departed the Port of Quebec, just as the Empress of Ireland had done a century earlier. Luckily, 100 years on, the water was calm and the night clear.

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