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Lusitania - Sinking and Aftermath

Captain Turner had planned to go down with his ship, but he was knocked unconscious.  He floated out to sea when the bridge was awash, and Lusitania went under.  It was his misfortune to survive, since investigators immediately questioned his competence and made other allegations against him.

Of the 1,198 people who died, fewer than 300 bodies were found. The rest of the dead were lost at sea.  The great loss of life pushed America closer to involvement in World War I.

Meanwhile, the captain of the U-boat which sank Lusitania was initially subject to scorn in his own country as world opinion strongly turned against Germany because of the sinking.

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 - Disaster at Sea

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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