The Empress of Ireland – Canada’s Titanic

Helen Baggott

South West
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Author & Researcher
Paid: £50+
31st December 2019
Sea Disasters | Genealogy | Postcards | British History

When the RMS Empress of Ireland sank in 1914, more passengers lost their lives than on Titanic – yet few have heard of the tragedy. I reveal the story of the sinking – and three families from Dorset and Somerset that were affected. Illustrated by postcards and photographs, this talk remembers a forgotten tragedy.

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About Helen Baggott

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Helen Baggott grew up in Swanage. Although she no longer lives in the seaside town, home is still in Dorset.

She is a freelance editor and writer. She particularly enjoys social history and local history and has written for magazines.

Her most recent project is researching the stories behind postcards sent more than 100 years ago. The collection of stories has been published in Posted in the Past and Posted in the Past Second Delivery.

"I was enthralled by the social history that you extracted from the cards: so many stories hinted at by so few words, and all waiting to be uncovered by sympathetic and subtle research." R.R., Wimborne

Helen has written for magazines including Who Do You Think You Are?, Picture Postcard Monthly, Dorset Life and The Card Scene. Helen has also contributed to Family Tree magazine's blog.

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