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this day in the yesteryear: RMS Carpathia Torpedoed by German Submarine (1918)


RMS Carpathia Torpedoed by German Submarine (1918)

The RMS Carpathia was a Cunard Line transatlantic passenger steamship that first became famous for rescuing more than 700 survivors of the Titanic disaster in 1912. Six years later, during WWI, the Carpathia was travelling in a convoy when it was torpedoed off the east coast of Ireland by the German submarine U-55. Many of the passengers and crew members were rescued by the HMS Snowdrop the following day. When was the steamship’s wreckage discovered? More… Discuss

Picture of the day: Sinking of the Lusitania


Sinking of the Lusitania

During the second year of WWI, the British Cunard ocean liner Lusitania , on a voyage from New York to Liverpool, sank off the coast of Ireland in only 18 minutes after being struck by a torpedo fired by the German U-boat U-20. Of 1,959 passengers and crew, 1,195 died. Of the fatalities, 123 were Americans. Even though the Germans maintained the liner was carrying arms purchased in America to Britain, the sinking of a passenger ship aroused intense anger against the German policy of unrestricted submarine warfare and hastened America’s entrance into the war.

Photo: U.S. Naval Historical Center

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today’s birthday: Samuel Cunard (1787)


Samuel Cunard (1787)

Cunard was a Canadian-born British magnate and a giant of Atlantic shipping. When the British government invited bids in 1838 for carrying mail between England and North America, Cunard’s carefully considered plans won him the contract. Within two years, Cunard and his partners had placed four ships in operation, establishing the first regular steamship service between the continents and marking the beginning of the noted Cunard Line. What honor did Queen Victoria bestow upon Cunard in 1859? More… Discuss

This Day in the Yesteryear: RMS QUEEN ELIZABETH 2 IS LAUNCHED (1967)


RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 Is Launched (1967)

By the time Cunard‘s RMS Queen Elizabeth 2, often referred to simply as the QE2, ocean liner was built, airplanes had already largely supplanted ships for transatlantic travel. Thus, the vessel needed to be more efficient and versatile than her predecessors in the fleet. During her 39 years in service, she completed 806 transatlantic crossings, ferrying 2.5 million passengers across nearly six million miles of ocean. During what war was she pressed into service as a troop carrier? More… Discuss

 

This day in the Yesteryear: STEAMSHIP RMS QUEEN MARY IS LAUNCHED (1934)


 

Steamship RMS Queen Mary Is Launched (1934)

Construction on the Queen Mary ocean liner began in Scotland in 1930. In 1934, British King George V’s consort, Queen Mary, christened the ship in her own name. Operated by the Cunard Line, the glamorous luxury ship carried passengers between New York and England for decades—except during World War II, when it was painted grey and converted to carry troops. In the 1960s, air travel rendered transatlantic passenger ships obsolete, and the Queen Mary was retired. Where is it now? More… Discuss