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EMMY, the ship's cat

Updated on December 19, 2015

Emmy of the Empress of Ireland

The story of Emmy of the Empress of Ireland is my favorite out of all the famous cats tales. It's quite odd and tragic (well...not for Emmy) and I find it fascinating.

Whether it was luck or premonition Emmy avoid certain death (and used up one of her 9 lives).

Hope you enjoy it!

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Emmy was an orange tabby cat living on the ship "RMS Empress of Ireland". She never missed a voyage and lived on the ship for several years. That was until May 1914.

The ship docked in Quebec City port and Emmy became restless. She tried to leave the Empress of Ireland several times and eventually managed. The story goes that she watched the ship, her home for several years, sail away from the top of a roof on pier 27.

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Did Emmy know?

As the Empress of Ireland sailed away from Quebec City Emmy watched it for the last time.

It was 28th May 1914. The ship was travelling to Liverpool in England and carried 1,477 passengers and crew. It was the first trip in command of a vessel down the St Lawrence river for captain Henry George Kendall.

On the early hours of 29th May 1914, only a few hours after leaving the port, the ship travelled in heavy fog in the channel near Pointe-au-Père. At 02:00 local time, the Norwegian collier SS Storstad crashed into the side of the Empress of Ireland. The collision resulted in the death of over 1000 people.

The dead bodies were later taken to the same place where Emmy watched the vessel sail away: pier 27.

Lucky cat?

Did Emmy have a lucky escape or did she feel that something wasn't right? We all know animals are generally very sensitive to sever weather, earthquakes and other natural disaster, but in this occasion it was just fog...

Could Emmy sense that something wasn't right, did she know?

Emmy was...

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Do you know stories about lucky/psychic animals?

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    • lingolux profile image


      5 years ago

      amazing story, emmy certainly was psychic!

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      6 years ago

      Awesome lens, nicely done!

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      6 years ago

      What a fascinating read - I'm pretty sure she knew something, cats definitely have a sixth sense of a sort. Well, really, most animals do. Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      6 years ago

      What an amazing story.

    • winter aconite profile imageAUTHOR

      winter aconite 

      6 years ago

      @CruiseReady: I agree. I believe animals have what we call a sixth sense. Thanks for the blessing!

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      6 years ago from East Central Florida

      I think Emmy knew something, I really do.

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      6 years ago

      Wow...interesting story that I'd never heard of before...thanks for introducing me to the story of Emmy.

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      Pam Irie 

      6 years ago from Land of Aloha

      Emmy was feeling things weren't right, I suppose. Enjoyed this story and good thing for Emmy she got off. :)

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      Darcie French 

      6 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      Whoa.. this is a totally cool story about a cat, and an Orange Cat even! I love it and will feature Emmy the Ship's Cat's story on my Orange Cat Obsession lens.

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      6 years ago

      Interesting story.

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      Renaissance Woman 

      6 years ago from Colorado

      Amazing story. I truly believe animals sense things at a much deeper level than we do. Or, perhaps they are just more in touch with their sixth sense. Maybe if we paid closer attention to those inklings of ours we could also avoid disaster. Emmy knew. I have no doubt about that.

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      Blonde Blythe 

      6 years ago from U.S.A.

      Emmy sure was a cutie! I think she had a premonition. I wonder what happened to her after that? I suppose the townsfolk probably adopted her.

    • winter aconite profile imageAUTHOR

      winter aconite 

      6 years ago

      @mihgasper: ops, thank you!!!!

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      Miha Gasper 

      6 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

      Cute cat.

      (Hint: check your Amazon modules, first one seems to have some troubles...)



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