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Quebec Bulletin
February - March 2014/Volume 17/Number 1

New publications

Canadian Tide and Current Tables: Featuring the Sinking of the Empress of Ireland


In recent years, the cover of the Canadian Hydrographic Service’s Canadian Tide and Current Tables has been illustrated with photographs of lighthouses, proud witnesses of Canada’s maritime history. This year, in conjunction with the Site historique maritime de la Pointe-au-Père, one of these works will commemorate the sinking of the Empress of Ireland on May 29, 1914. 2014 will mark the centennial year with a series of activities commemorating this tragic event, which is considered the worst nautical disaster in Canadian waters.
Volume 3 of the Canadian Tide and Current Tables covers the St. Lawrence estuary and the Saguenay fjord. The cover layout features three elements: a photo of the vessel, the commemoration logo and a picture of the wreckage of the Empress of Ireland lying on the bottom of the St. Lawrence. The image was generated by processing acoustic data from a multibeam echo sounder used by the Canadian Hydrographic Service.

The Canadian Hydrographic Service has also published Volume 2 of the Canadian Tide and Current Tables, which covers the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The cover features a photograph of the Cap-des-Rosiers lighthouse, the tallest lighthouse in Canada at 34.1 metres.

The lighthouse was inaugurated in 1858 and designated a national historic site of Canada in 1974. This imposing white stone tower, located between the lower estuary and the Gulf of St. Lawrence, is still a landmark for many mariners to this day. It is known throughout the world and its photos are emblematic.

The Canadian Tide and Current Tables are available from authorized dealers. For more information on tides and water levels, visit or call 1-877-775-0790.

Site historique maritime de la Pointe-au-Père

Commemoration of the Empress of Ireland

Cap-des-Rosiers lighthouse

Robert Dorais

New Science Advisory Reports

The following science advisory reports are now available on the Canadian Science Advisory Secretariat's website: