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THE EMPRESS OF IRELAND Two mighty workhorses, colliding Titans, Leviathans of the Saint Lawrence river. Devastation’s maritime wrecking balls, Slamming head on, even after the warnings Sounding, had been given, by Captain Kendall. Emerging on the starboard side, a distant light Did shine, from the masthead on high. The tramper steamer, S.S. Storstad, Heavily loaded by coals freight, Didn't hear the captain's hailing. Lost within an eerie, thickened fog bank, All hands struggled in full reverse, But the wheels of fate, had been set, In motions wake, and it was Coming straight towards them, at Rapid speeds full velocity. Horns rang out, life boats were lowered Broad side, voices yelled abandon ship, Captured unaware, shaken from their beds. Passengers scrabbled to the higher Decks elevation, as the chilling waters Slashed through the torn apart, And breached forward hull. Death's black ghost ship, lies moored Near by, ready to take on board, it's Newest crew members, the grim Reapers flag, flies at half mast. Until the full compliments roll call, has Been filled, by the dead's unwilling Volunteers. Clinging to the life raft of spiritualism, The living pray, for a last reprieves Salvation, a miracle to save them, But hell's vessel awaits and it's Master has no mercy. Histories stretches a gray shroud, Across the debris field, as their Voices grow silent, beneath the brimey deep. A lone, cold, monument does stand, At Rimouski St-Germain cemetery , in Quebec, Canada. Expressing the details of this misfortune. But it will never satisfy the sorrows felt, By the survivors or family members Whom were lost that early May morning. BY: CHERYL ANNA DUNN

Copyright © | Year Posted 2013

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Date: 12/27/2017 3:13:00 PM
Beautiful verse Cheryl, I hadn't heard of this Ship until someone mentioned it on here. These tragedies affecting our fellow humans should never be forgotten and it falls on us to compose work that keeps their memories alive and pays tribute to them.
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Tom Cunningham
Date: 12/27/2017 3:35:00 PM
I came across Cheryl's work and was not aware that this brilliant poet had passed away. May she rest in peace.
Date: 10/27/2014 6:52:00 AM
powerful piece of writing cherl so sad yet beautifully told
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Date: 1/31/2014 5:07:00 PM
Cherl What an emotional and sad write. You told a brilliant tale to honor the victims of this horrible tragedy. Line by line it keeps the reader captivated. Nicely done Thanks for the wonderful comment on my Cherished Love poem
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Date: 1/21/2014 10:54:00 PM
You are a wonderful writer my friend... xox..Linda
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Date: 12/30/2013 6:08:00 AM
Great work about a historical event..You honor those that died..Thanks for the visit to my page..I am honored that you dropped by..Sara
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Date: 11/14/2013 8:31:00 PM
For those who may not know, RMS Empress of Ireland was an ocean liner that sank in the Saint Lawrence River following a collision with a Norwegian collier in the early hours of 29 May 1914. Of the 1,477 persons on board the ship, the accident claimed the lives of 1,012 (840 passengers, 172 crew). The number of deaths is the largest of any Canadian maritime accident in peacetime.
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Date: 11/14/2013 8:28:00 PM
What a spectacular piece, this is amazing and beyond my expectations, I think I life time supply of those chocolate cookies is due!!!
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Date: 11/11/2013 7:35:00 AM
Amazing poetry here! Thanks for sharing. :) Always, Laura
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Date: 11/11/2013 7:10:00 AM
Such events are really interesting .... How many fates ... loss ... grief - adventure-seeking people over the years - well done!! ************************ - A dramatic and interesting poem to read - really good work Cheryl. - oxox // Anne-Lise :)
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Date: 11/11/2013 7:52:00 AM
YES.... in a good way :))))