A 1907 vintage, photographic print, of Cunard's
proceeding down the Clyde River from the ship builder's yard
Photo courtesy of the Engineer, London
The above print was made available to those on board
the ship's maiden voyage
A welcome part of the Great South Bay Collection TM


"THE LUSITANIA 1907-1915"
The Lusitania was the largest, fastest, and considered by most to be the safest
vessel in the world.
Built by John Brown & Company, Clydebank, Scotland,  for Cunard Line.
Having a gross weight of 31, 550 tons.
787' long x 87' wide, with a quadruple screw driven by steam turbines,
with a service speed of 25 knots.
It could carry 2,165 passengers, 563 first class, 464 second, and 1,139 third.

On May 7th 1915, the vessel sank off the coast of Ireland.
Suspected of carrying arms and munitions from the U.S to aid Europe,
she was torpedoed by a German U-20 Submarine.
The 30 ton vessel sank in only 18 minutes.

Of the 1,924 soles aboard, 1,198 lost there lives, including 128
Americans. The sinking aroused great anger in the United States
and contributed to the decision of President Woodrow Wilson for
the US entry into World War I.

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