Small rant ahead.
So, Canada Post Celebrates the 100th Anniversary of the Titanic catastrophe. All good, why not. Everyone is doing it and Canada, after all, played a part in the search and rescue effort that followed the Titanic sinking. Halifax even harbor 150 Titanic’s victim graves.
Now let’s hope Canada Post won’t forget to adequately commemorates the deadliest maritime disaster in Canadian history. I am talking here about the 1914 sinking of the RMS Empress of Ireland on the St. Lawrence River near Rimouski that killed 1012 people. I hope this historical event will have its own special page on Canada Post (as the Titanic issue does) and that they will also offer a nice Collector Set.
What? What do you say? Ah yes it’s all about money. Of course you are right, 1,012 victims don’t mean squat against the 1,517 Titanic victims. They won’t make money out of a special Empress of Ireland issue. The appeal is just not there. But still I hope Canada Post will do the decent thing and make an as good and complete issue for The Empress of Ireland in 2014: all the trimmings including the booklets and collector’s set and coin/stamps cover…
Meanwhile if you want to see the Titanic Issues: TITANIC—100th Anniversary Collection