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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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RMS Lusitania Sunk by German U-Boat (1915)


RMS Lusitania Sunk by German U-Boat (1915)

The Lusitania was a British ocean liner that was sunk off the Irish coast—an area that the ship‘s crew had been warned to avoid—by a German U-boat during World War I. The ship’s submersion took only 18 minutes, and nearly 1,200 people died. Many questions surround the incident, including why the ship sank so quickly, what caused a secondary explosion, and whether or not the vessel was transporting contraband munitions. What did dive teams recently reveal about the ship’s cargo? More… Discuss

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THIS DAY IN THE YESTERYEAR: RMS TITANIC SINKS (1912)


 

RMS Titanic

RMS Titanic (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

RMS Titanic Sinks (1912)

The Titanic was a massive ocean liner that was thought to be virtually unsinkable. The ship was on its maiden voyage and carrying more than 2,200 passengers and crew when it struck an iceberg on April 14, 1912, and sank early the next morning. More than 1,500 lives were lost in the disaster. In 1985, a team led by Robert Ballard and Jean-Louis Michel located theTitanic’s wreck on the ocean floor and made a discovery that shed light on how the ship sank. What was it? More… Discuss
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45 survivor accounts. The final moments of RMS Titanic.

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THIS DAY IN THE YESTERYEAR: USS LAFAYETTE, FORMERLY SS NORMANDIE, BURNS (1942)


USS Lafayette, Formerly SS Normandie, Burns (1942)

The luxuriously appointed SS Normandie was the fastest ocean liner of her day and carried such distinguished passengers as Ernest Hemingway, Fred Astaire, and the von Trapps before a twist of fate brought that to an end. When World War II began, the French vessel was docked in New York. The US seized her for use as a troop transport, but a fire broke out on the renamed USS Lafayette during the refit, causing her to capsize. Who claimed to have sabotaged the ship? More… Discuss

 

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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