The Sinking of Lusitania

The Lusitania, the British passenger ship that was known in its day as the Greyhound of the Seas, was famous for its accommodations and speed, her engines produced 68,000 horsepower and moved the ship at a speed of 25 knots, a unit of speed that is equivalent to one mile per hour. In 1915 on May 1st, the Lusitania left from New York to voyage to Liverpool, a trip that would take the ship across the Atlantic.  On the ship were 1,959 passengers, 1800 of them being non-American citizens. Near one o’ clock, a torpedo was fired by a U-20 German submarine; it hit the ship and set off an explosion, and an unknown second one. Many passengers did not know that the ship’s cargo was all ammunition and designed contraband for British warfare. In eighteen minutes, the sunk had ship, bringing down and killing almost 1,200 people. Baskets holding infants and babies from the ship’s nursery was found floating on top of the water. It was a great tragedy to the world and enraged the American population. Was the sinking of the Lusitania worse than the sinking of the Titanic, a ship that killed over 1,500 of its passengers?

One Response to “The Sinking of Lusitania”

  1. woaaaaaa i love the lusitania.

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