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Lusitania - In a Position of Peril

Just west of the Old Head of Kinsale on Ireland’s southern coast, Lusitania was about fourteen miles offshore.  As the fog lifted, she was spotted by a lurking German submarine, U-20.  

Following directions to change course to Queenstown, Captain Turner came closer to the unseen submarine.

At the time, standard practice amongst warring parties was to warn a vessel which was about to be attacked.  That would allow people to evacuate the ship, before it sank.  No one from U-20 issued any warning to the Lusitania.  

No one on board saw the submarine before it released its torpedo.

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 - Torpedoed by U-20

Lusitania - Explosion

Lusitania - Disaster at Sea

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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