1908 – UK – Empress of Ireland Postcard, sent 2 Oct 1908 from Liverpool. RMS Empress of Ireland sank six years later (in 1914) near the mouth of the Saint Lawrence River following a collision in thick fog with the Norwegian collier Storstad. The worst peacetime marine disaster in Canadian history – 1012 of 1477 died. The passengers included 167 members of the Salvation Army. These travelers, all but eight of whom died, were members of the Canadian Staff Band of The Salvation Army who were traveling to London for an international conference.