If this were a still photo from a Buster Keaton film you’d figure hilarity was about to ensue.  Something about that horse with its head in a feed box strikes me as humorous for no good reason.

The sad truth is that those are victims of the sinking of the Empress Of Ireland in 1914.  Which is why, crass as I may be at times, there is no caption contest here.

April 4th, 2011|Categories: History|3 Comments


  1. bmj2k April 5, 2011 at 12:37 AM - Reply

    Two coffins (I think) on the cart, a third one in the air, and those crates in the background may or may not contain bodies- they seem to be the right size. Horrible subject, but I wonder if the coffin is going up or down, and how practical is it to do anything of a mortuary nature on the second floor?

  2. skinner April 5, 2011 at 4:09 PM - Reply

    Wow, definitely a striking image. Some interesting side facts in the linked Wiki article, as well.

  3. Jim April 6, 2011 at 8:25 PM - Reply

    bmj2k: I wondered about that myself. I get the sense the coffin was going up – perhaps for funeral services?

    skinner: It’s comparable to Titanic as far as loss of life, yet I’ve never heard about it before. I can’t imagine the horror of waking up while about to drown.

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