Media Opportunity - Archaeological Research on the Empress of Ireland: Conclusive Results from the Second Phase


POINTE-AU-PÈRE, QC, July 22, 2014 /CNW/ - Parks Canada's Underwater Archaeology Service (UAS) is currently carrying out the second phase of its archaeological research project on the wreck of the Empress of Ireland.

The first phase of this project, conducted last May, served to map the debris field of the wreck using a ship and underwater drone equipped with sidescan sonars and magnetometers. The second phase, now underway, aims at gathering data directly on the wreck through a number of dives and a remote-controlled vehicle.

As such, this project represents the first systematic archaeological investigation of the wreck and its debris field.

Thursday July 24, at 1:00 p.m., Mr. Charles Dagneau, the archaeologist in charge of the project, will meet media representatives at the lightkeeper's house of the Pointe-au-Père Lighthouse National Historic Site to present the progress of the project and to give interviews.

Additional visual materials will also be available upon request


SOURCE: Parks Canada

For further information: To confirm your attendance, please contact Émilie Devoe at 418-368-5538 or by e-mail

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