A commemoration of Canada’s well-known maritime tragedies, from the vessels that were lost to the stories that emerged from those fateful events.
The reverse image designed by Canadian artist John Horton, selective paint is used to recreate the imminent collision of R.M.S Empress of Ireland and the Norwegian collier Storstad during the early
morning hours of May 29, 1914. Rolling in from the coast (engraved in the background), the thick fog comes between the two ships in the coloured center portion of the image field. The shadowy
image of the Storstad emerges from the right side of the image, its sharp bow in line to make contact with the Empress’s starboard side. The passenger ship’s stern and funnels are partially
unobstructed by the fog in this image to provide a glimpse of the liner before tragedy would send it to its final resting place on the bottom of the St. Lawrence River.
– First coin in a 3-coin series that commemorates well-known vessels that have been lost in Canadian waters, and the stories that have emerged from the events surrounding their final fate.
– Certified 99.99% pure silver, this coin commemorates the 100th anniversary of the loss of RMS Empress of Ireland.
– Stunning colour portrait, framed within the coastline of the St. Lawrence seaway, shows RMS Empress of Ireland moments before her collision with the Storstad.
– Edge-lettering displays the ship’s name, as well as a bell, representing one of the recovered artifacts from the wreck.
Maroon clamshell with custom beauty box.
Finished Packaging Size: 67 mm x 67 mm