EMPRESS OF CANADA.Aircraft sighted 24 lifeboats in position 1-13S, 9-46W a.m. 14/4 – vicinity of sinking of EMPRESS OF CANADA.16th March, TuesdayH.M. My Father Ronald Good, is also a survivor from the sinking of the Empress of Canada. A young lady on the raft only a flimsy nightie on and he had shorts so they swapped and he made a loin cloth out of the nightie. These are the stories and photos about the Empress of Canada as it sailed the seas from May 5 1922 on and its traumatic sinking on March 12, 1943 He got himself on deck as quickly as he could but had to slide down a rope to the water, suffering severe rope burns, for which he later required skin grafts. He passed away in his eighties about 20 years ago. The submarine succeeded only in recovering S.T. Can anyone recognise him as one of the lost crew. Occurring just two years after the RMS Titanic disaster, and a year before the loss of the RMS Lusitania, it is essentially forgotten. She mentioned being attacked by sharks and barracudas and was badly hurt on her bottom. Five posts is enough I think. The sinking of the Empress of Ireland on May 29, 1914, stands as one of the country's worst maritime disasters, though a surprising number of Canadians have never heard of it. I have an ashtray in the form of a ships wheel, made of solid aluminum with a crest in its centre bearing a checkered white and red flag with the name of S. S. Empress of Canada around it in a blue circle. Listing Includes Date Voyage Began, Steamship Line, Vessel, Passenger Class and Route. On March 13, 1943, while en route from Durban, South Africa to Takoradi carrying Italian prisoners of war, the EMPRESS OF CANADA was torpedoed and sunk by Italian submarine LEONARDO DA VINCI, approximately 400 miles (640 km) south of Cape Palmas off the coast of Africa. I have just spent part of my afternoon talking with my honorary Auntie, now in her nineties, about her father, who was a gunner in the RN. On March 14th, the Da Vinci sank with two torpedoes the British transatlantic Empress of Canada. Trying to work out where my father was & when during WW2.I have his diary for all 1944 when he's in Palestine with the Middle East Forces in the RASC Mobile Petrol Filling Company..He went there via South Africa on the Empress of Canada & told us (his family) it was sunk on the return journey. Hines. May 29th. (A friend of Billy was in the water and saw him taken, but luckily he survived. My father was a stoker (Andrew Lee)aboard the ship when it was torpedoed.......he survived after three days at sea........ My mother Suzanne who died in 2007 was also on the Empress of Canada. Editor's note: Find a Grave lists five additional burial and/or memorial locations for the Empress of Ireland disaster. On March 14th 1943, the da Vinci sunk her most notable target, the troopship SS Empress of Canada. tony.peers@btinternet.com, Really great but also incredibly awful to read all of the accounts regarding the Empress of Canada. Fire on the River. MALAYA, fuelled and sailed again to assist in rescue of survivors from S.S. Hello Anonymous and Mrs. Owens, thank you both very much for your kind visits.Anonymous, it is wonderful news to hear that your father survived not one, but two sinkings! my father spent 5 days and 5 nights in a kylie life raft he saw a woman in the water he reached out to grab her into the life raft pulling her by her hair she had been eaten from the waste down. He and another DEMS sailor managed to put the fire out and save the ship, even though the Captain and crew had abandoned ship. She was a 26 year old Free French returning with her Free French officer husband to the UK. BOREAS arrived Freetown with over 800 survivors from S.S. She spent many weeks in Freetown to recover and then sailed to Glasgow and worked until the end of the war for De Gaulle in London. I started a page on facebook to post them and the stories. He was returning from the Middle East as a CPO (EA) in the Royal Navy after having been torpedoed and sunk on HMS MEDWAY in the Mediterranean a few months earlier. She was a Polish nurse who had also survived Siberia. The EMPRESS OF CANADA running her speed trials over the 'Arran Mile' in the Firth of Clyde on 10th March 1961 . Given it the note is dated April 1943 I can only assume he got back OK. Did anyone's Dad or Grandad know him?? After the sinking of the Empress , he traveled to Liverpol. Just as well because he was chased by a shark and managed to escape by climbing onto some of the wreckage, some days later he came across a rubber dingy full of survivors, he had to hold onto the rope around the dingy as there was no room for him as well, until somebody died and was put over the side. 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