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Empress of Britain Nearly Shares Same Fate

Post by Karen on Sat 21 Apr 2012 - 0:31

BIG LINER'S PERIL.
Empress of Britain Narrowly Escapes Fate of the Titanic.

Only 240 miles from the spot where the Titanic sank, the Canadian Pacific liner Empress of Britain has had a narrow escape of sharing the fate of the White Star leviathan.
During a dense fog the look-out man sighted a big iceberg directly ahead. Instantly the engines were reversed, the helm was put hard over, and the ship swung off, barely escaping disaster.
The news came through the agency of the Exchange Telegraph Company in the following terms: -

HALIFAX, Saturday.

The Canadian Pacific liner Empress of Britain, which arrived here last evening, is reported to have narrowly escaped the fate of the Titanic when crossing the Grand Banks on Wednesday morning during a dense fog.
The ship was 240 miles east of the position where the Titanic disaster occurred, when the look-out man sighted a big berg directly ahead. The engines were immediately reversed, and the ship swung off barely escaping.
The officers state that there was no collision. The ship was going dead slow at the time.
The captain reports that the ocean is dotted in all directions with hundreds of bergs.
The Canadian Pacific Railway Liverpool office has received a Marconigram from the captain of the Empress of Britain stating that the voyage to Quebec has been abandoned. It is presumed that the ice makes the St. Lawrence journey dangerous. - Exchange Telegraph Company.

Source: Lloyd's Weekly News, Sunday April 28, 1912

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