Traces of the Titanic in Montreal: The Allan Building

19 Apr

The Allan Building

The Allan Building, at 333, rue de la Commune, was the head office of the H. & A. Allan Company, founded in 1863. Its steamship Virginian picked up the Titanic‘s first distress signal and wired the head office in Montreal for permission to alter course to go to the ship’s rescue. This is where the message that the Titanic had hit an iceberg and was sinking was received in Montreal. The information was immediately passed on to The Gazette‘s marine reporter. It was the first newspaper in the world to learn of the disaster.

Excerpt [Via Véhicule Press]

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