Storstad to blame for Empress of Ireland disaster
The hull of the the Storstad in wake of its collision with the Empress of Ireland Photo: Illustrated London News [London, England], 13 June 1914

Storstad to blame for Empress of Ireland disaster

Published: 13 July 1914

The whole blame for the sinking of the Empress of Ireland  in the St. Lawrence river on 28 May has been placed on Alfred Tuftenes, the first officer of the Storstad, by the Commission of Inquiry that was established by the Canadian government.

More than 1,000 people lost their lives when the two ships collided in fog. The Commission held Mr. Tuftenes responsible for changing the course of his ship and also set out a series of recommendations aimed at making water transport safer.



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