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.

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The RMS EMPRESS 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
Narrated by MICHAEL CUMPSTY
Written by PATRICK PRENTICE
Cinematography by PETER SCHNALL

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About Michael L. Grace

MICHAEL L. GRACE is part of the award winning team that created the internationally performed award winning musical SNOOPY, based on PEANUTS by Charles M. Schultz. SNOOPY continues to be one of the most produced shows (amateur & stock) in America/Worldwide and has had long running productions in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and in London's West End. There are over 100 individual productions every year. He has written movies for TV, including the award-winning thriller LADY KILLER, various pilots and developed screenplays for Kevin Costner and John Travolta. Besides co-writing and co-producing SNOOPY, he wrote and produced the one-man play KENNEDY. He produced P.S. YOUR CAT IS DEAD by pulitzer prize winning author James Kirkwood. He wrote the stage thriller FINAL CUT which had productions in the UK, South Africa and Australia. His one-man play, KENNEDY - THE MAN BEHIND THE MYTH, was developed for HBO and has starred Andrew Stevens, Gregory Harrison and Joseph Bottoms. He has recently been involved in European productions with CLT-UFA, Europe's leading commercial television and radio broadcaster. He wrote MOWs THE DOLL COLLECTION, THE BOTTOM LINE and LAST WITNESS for German television. While in college and graduate school he worked as a foreign correspondent for COMBAT, the famous leftwing Paris daily, and as a travel writer. He visited more than 50 countries. He struggled as an actor, then joined the enemy and entered the training program at William Morris. He became a publicist and worked for Colonel Tom Parker, Elvis Presley's manager, at Paramount and MGM. He followed with a brief stint as a story executive, working in the frantic horror genre period of the early 80s and wrote THE UNSEEN. He went onto write for episodic television and develop series pilots. He was a continuing writer on such series such as LOVE BOAT, PAPER DOLLS, and KNOTS LANDING. He developed screenplays for such major award winning directors as Nicolas Meyers, Tony Richardson and J. Lee Thompson. He has written for all the major networks and studios. He has been hired numerous times as a script doctor, doing many uncredited rewrites on TV movies and features. He is currently writing A PERSON OF INTEREST, a thriller novel, and, IT'S THE LOVE BOAT... AND HOW IT CHANGED CRUISING BY SHIP a non-fiction book dealing with how the hit TV series as a major cultural phenomenon and altered the style of cruising by ship. He was raised in Los Angeles. He attended St. Paul's, USC and the Pasadena Playhouse. He received a B.A from San Francisco State University where he majored in theatre arts and minored in creative writing. He is listed as a SFSU leading alumni. He also apprenticed at ACT - The American Conservatory Theatre. For a brief period he had intentions of becoming an Episcopal(Anglican) priest and attended seminary at Kelham Theological College in the UK. When "the calling" wasn't there, he left seminary and did graduate work at the American University of Beirut. He has guest lectured at USC, UC San Diego, McGill, Univ. of London and the Univ. of Texas on the business aspects of making a living and surviving as a writer, focusing on development hell, in the Hollywood entertainment industry. Grace is a lifetime member of the Writers Guild of America, the Dramatist Guild and former regional chairman of the Steamship Historical Society of America. He resides in Palm Springs.