Derek Grout is a historian who has written extensively on shipwrecks and scuba diving in Canada and the United States. His book, RMS Empress of Ireland, was praised on both sides of the Atlantic. He lives in Pointe Claire, Quebec. General Ernest Beno is Honorary Colonel, 7th Toronto Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery. He retired from the Canadian Armed Forces in 1997, after thirty-seven years of service, at the rank of Brigadier-General.