GHOST SHIPS – THE RMS EMPRESS OF IRELAND sank in fourteen devastating minutes, taking more lives than the Titanic and the Lusitania…


A great video on the lost liner – RMS EMPRESS OF IRELAND…

Cruise and Social History: the ghost ships – RMS Titanic • RMS Lusitania • RMS Empress of Ireland

Join famed “Titanic” discoverer, oceanographer and maritime geologist Robert Ballard on his last expedition to explore the ocean liners of the Gilded Age.

The ocean liners of the early twentieth century were known for their majesty but are remembered now for their tragedy. LOST LINERS presents a glimpse of this bygone era, when the élite traveled the globe on moving palaces of steel and marble, while millions of immigrants traveling to the New World were packed in steerage.

“Titanic,” the world’s most famous ocean liner, sank on her maiden voyage in 1912, killing 1,523. Two years later in Canada’s greatest maritime disaster, the “R.M.S. Empress of Ireland” sank in fourteen devastating minutes, taking more lives than “Titanic.” “Lusitania,” a British passenger ship, was torpedoed in 1915 by a German U-boat off the coast of Ireland.



Dr. Ballard and his crew embark on an expedition in the cold, clear waters of the St. Lawrence Seaway to explore the ghostly remains of the “Empress of Ireland.” Fiber optics and remote vehicles allow viewers to tour the once elegant steamer, which sank just five miles off the shores of Québec on a foggy morning in 1914. This program weaves historical footage with never-before-seen images of the super-vessel as she rests uneasily at the bottom of the sea.

One by one, the great ships of the Gilded Age disappeared. LOST LINERS takes us on a final voyage to visit the few that remain — resting on the ocean floor.

Produced and Directed by PETER SCHNALL
Cinematography by PETER SCHNALL



About Michael L. Grace

During the mid-80s, Michael Grace worked as a writer on the TV Hit Series THE LOVE BOAT. He wrote many of the two hour special featuring great stars of the past, including Lana Turner, Claire Trevor, Anne Baxter, Ethel Merman, Alexis Smith, etc. The public’s access to these stars, in familiar dramas and comedies, made them want to go on a cruise. They could see the stars in an ordinary world as “regular” people. The phenomenally successful series was responsible for creating the cruise industry as we know it today. By the time he was writing for Love Boat, the great steamship companies and their liners were flying hand me down foreign flags, painted like old whores, scrapped or doing three day cruises to the Bahamas. He had sailed on over thirty ships and liners with his parents, aunt and grandmother in late 50s to early 70s. The very successful CRUISING THE PAST website has been an outgrowth of Michael’s strong interest in cruise and social history. Drawing on his own knowledge and a vast maritime and social history collection, he is able to produce a very successful website. Michael is part of the award winning team that created the internationally performed award winning musical SNOOPY, based on PEANUTS by Charles M. Schultz. He has written for television and films. Read more by going to "About" (on the above dashboard) and clicking "Editor"…