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Headlines on Empress of Ireland tragedy

By The Canadian Press

MONTREAL - The Empress of Ireland grabbed the world's attention when it sank in the St. Lawrence River, northeast of Quebec City, on May 29, 1914. More than 1,000 people died after it was rammed by the Storstad, a Norwegian collier. Here are some headlines from around the world:

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Empress of Ireland Sunk -- 800 lost — Montreal Gazette, May 29, 1914.

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Fated Steamer Sank in 20 Minutes; No Opportunity Offered for Escape — Miami Daily Metropolis, May 29, 1914.

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The St. Lawrence Disaster — The New York Times, May 30, 1914.

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Looking Through Porthole He Saw Storstad Strike The Fatal Blow — The Saturday Evening Citizen, Ottawa, May 30, 1914.

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Fearful Ocean Disaster; Liner and Collier Collide Off The Coast of Quebec; Terrible Loss of Life; Probably One Thousand Perish; Many Mangled to Death — The Daily News, Perth, Australia, May 30, 1914.

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A Frightful Shipping Disaster; Nearly 1,000 Lives Lost; Greatest Tragedy Since the Titanic; 14,000-Ton Liner Rammed and Sunk; Passengers and Crew Drowned in Their Cabins; Bodies and Wreckage Strew the St. Lawrence; Empress of Ireland Ripped From Midship to Stern; Australians and New Zealanders on Board — The Sunday Times, Sydney, Australia, May 31, 1914.

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Bereaved Ones Hasten to East to Claim Dead; Party of Three Leave for Quebec to Search for Remains — Edmonton Journal, June 1, 1914.

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Steerage Passengers Slain by Comrades in Scramble for Life; Wounds of Victims Tell Tale of Frenzied Struggle for Life in Empress' Steerage Quarters; Knives and Dirks Were Apparently Plied by Crazed Passengers Battling Way Thru Crowded Mass in Fore-hold. Bodies Were Cut and Slashed in Manner That Left No Room for Doubt As To Cause of Injuries — Toronto Sunday World, June 2, 1914.

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