Lusitania - Disaster at Sea

When the torpedo hit her starboard side, Lusitania’s bridge lost control of the ship. Still underway, with a gaping hole in her hull, she took on water instantly.  Because of the impact, watertight doors (which operated electrically) were unable to function because of an electrical failure.

With water flowing unabated into the ship, people had very little time to get into the lifeboats.  With a significant list to starboard, it was difficult to even lower the boats to safety.  To save themselves, people (including mothers with babies) jumped into the ocean.

See, also:

Lusitania - Record-setting Ship

Lusitania - Luxury at Sea

Lusitania - At Sea, Before the Torpedo Strike 

Lusitania - U-20 Patrols the North Atlantic

Lusitania - In a Position of Peril

Lusitania - Torpedoed by U-20

Lusitania - Explosion

Lusitania - Sinking and Aftermath

Lord Mersey and the Lusitania Wreck Inquiry 

Lusitania - Wreck Inquiry Findings

Media Credits

This video clip is from the BBC’s recreation of the ship, and the story of her 1915 sinking, entitled Lusitania:  Murder on the AtlanticCopyright, BBC, all rights reserved.  Clip provided here as fair use for educational purposes and to acquaint new viewers with the production.


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