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"Only two years after the Titanic sank, there was another terrible shipwreck, this one in the St. Lawrence River east of Quebec City. On the early morning of May 29, 1914, a Norwegian coal ship named the Storstad rammed the Canadian Pacific passenger ship Empress of Ireland in thick fog. The Empress sank in only fourteen minutes with a terrible loss of life. It takes a modern scuba diver only a minute or two to descend the 130 feet (40 meters) to the wreck of the Empress of Ireland. However, only a few very experienced divers consider going down. Because of the depth and the very intense cold, divers can spend no more than an hour inside the wreck before returning to the surface. On the way back, they have to pause for as long as two hours to allow the dissolved gases in the blood to release slowly. Otherwise, a gas bubble will form in the veins, causing accute pains (the bends) or even death. Not a trip to be taken lightly."

Taken from the book "Ghost Liners: Exploring the world's greatest lost ships" By Dr. Robert Ballard and Rick Archbold

Sounds like a dangerous dive to me!!!! emoticon No matter how much experience diving one has this still sounds like something not for the faint of heart. The story went on to say that this ship was commanded by Captain Henry Kendall and carried 1,477 people passengers and crew put together. Of that number 1,012 died the morning she sank, 840 of them being passengers. Very sad.

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I'm reading a realy good book about the Empress of Ireland called "Fourteen Minutes" by James Croall.
(I will tell you all about it when I finish reading it)

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The land of my fathers, the land of my choice,
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Yes, please do. I would like to hear more about it. Anything you can share would be greatly appreciated by me at least!!!!

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The thing that gets me is taht, despite the dark and cold, the ship has been practically stripped by divers anyway (and so much for the fact it, like the Titanic, is a gravesite)
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I know!!!!!!!! That just burns me up!!!!!!!! emoticon

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Actually, Titanic is unusual in that she wasn't stripped, unlike so many other ships - but it was not for want of trying. (There were plans for salvage to begin before Carpathia made it to New York.) The only reason she was not stripped is where she is - inaccessible to all until recently, and almost on the heels of discovery, we have people down there illegally taking stuff.
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Ooh, I won't even get started on this particular line of thought! I get my helm royally jammed in the wrong direction every time I think of victim's bones being carried away from the site! Bad enough to steal personal [sign in to see URL] worse to steal remains!

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Well, yes, but on Titanic, there are no bones left - they've either been consumed by bacteria and the fish, or destroyed by the pressure.
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I've moved this topic back to the The Disaster Forum from other ships, April 16th 2004. emoticon

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I know that bones eventually dissolve or are consumed, but I never knew that hydrostatic pressure can destroy bones. Really?

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