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Tue May 7, 2013, 05:53 AM

 

98 years ago today: RMS Lusitania sunk by U-Boat. 1198 dead.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sinking_of_the_RMS_Lusitania



The sinking of the Cunard ocean liner RMS Lusitania occurred on 7 May 1915 during the First World War, as Germany waged submarine warfare against Britain. The ship was identified and torpedoed by the German U-boat U-20 and sank in 20 minutes. The vessel went down 11 miles (18 km) off the Old Head of Kinsale, Ireland, killing 1,198 and leaving 761 survivors. The sinking turned public opinion in many countries against Germany, contributed to the American entry into World War I and became an iconic symbol in military recruiting campaigns of why the war was being fought.

Lusitania had the misfortune to fall victim to torpedo attack relatively early in the First World War, before tactics for evading submarines were properly implemented or understood. The contemporary investigations both in the UK and the United States into the precise causes of the ship's loss were obstructed by the needs of wartime secrecy and a propaganda campaign to ensure all blame fell upon Germany. Argument over whether the ship was a legitimate military target raged back and forth throughout the war as both sides made misleading claims about the ship. At the time she was sunk, she was carrying a large quantity of rifle ammunition and other supplies necessary for a war economy, as well as civilian passengers. Several attempts have been made over the years since the sinking to dive to the wreck seeking information about precisely how the ship sank, and argument continues to the current day.
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Such a terrible death toll, despite having enough lifeboats. She simply went down too quickly to allow for the full evacuation of the ship.

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Tue May 7, 2013, 04:23 PM

1. A terrible tragedy and an important anniversary

Thanks so much for the reminder...

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Tue May 7, 2013, 04:37 PM

2. Tragic loss of life...

In case anyone was wondering about the alltime worst losses at sea:

MV Wilhelm Gustloff - 9400
MV Goya - 6800
RMS Lancastria - 6500
Junyō Maru - 5620
SS Cap Arcona - 5000
SS Thielbek - 2700

(granted, these are all wartime losses)

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