The Sinking Of The Lusitania Essay

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The Sinking of the Lusitania

On the 7 May 1915 at 14:30, then 240 metre long and 27 meter wide ship
the Lusitania sunk to the sea bed. Despite the fact that so many were
killed, 1,195 people, this ship has not become one of history’s most
well known vessels, unlike the Titanic. This is due to the fact that
the Lusitania was sunk by the Germans during the First World War. The
Lusitania and her sister ship, the Mauretania, were built by John
Brown & CO Ltd in Glasgow for the purpose of winning back the Blue
Riband, an award to ships crossing the Atlantic ocean in the quickest
time.

* http://www.lusitania.net/

* http://www.geocities.com/titanicandco/lusitania.html

* http://www.webtitanic.net/framelus.html

* http://europeanhistory.about.com/library/prm/bllusitaniaprm4.htm

* http://www.ocean-liners.com/ships/lusitania.asp

* http://www.lostliners.com/Liners/Cunard/Lusitania/finalvoyage.htm

* http://www.pbs.org/lostliners/lusitania.html

The Lusitania became the largest ship of its time; it had 7 decks for
the passengers. The first class section was like a palace and, exactly
like the Titanic would later be; provided passengers with the
opportunity to travel in rooms decorated in different historical
styles. In first class there was great luxury in the form of music
rooms, smoking rooms, salons and cafés. One got the feeling of being
in a hotel as opposed to a ship, especially when in the second class
restaurant, the largest room on any ship at that time. The third class
passengers too had better standard of living than on any ship
previous, here they were not required to sleep in open beds but
instead had cabins designed for 4 – 6 people. Another modern feature
of the ship was the motors with a capacity greater than any ship
before capable of driving the Lusitania along at speeds of 25-26
knots. Ships that came later, the Titanic included, could only reach
speeds of 22 knots, however in these cases speed was compromised by
concentrating more on comfort and luxury; perhaps more importantly the
Lusitania was built for use in war.

The Lusitania left Liverpool on the 7 September 1907 on her maiden
voyage to Queenstown and New York. Approximately 200 000 people had
gathered to see her offmänniskor, despite the fact the ship had been
built to win the Blue Riband back from the German ship ”Deutschland”
it was not until the Lusitania’s second journey that the record was
broken on the 5 October 1907. The journey from Queenstown to Sandy
Hook took 4 days and 19 hours.

* http://www.geocities.com/titanicandco/lusitania.html#5.%20Maiden%20voyage

* http://www.ocean-liners.com/ships/lusitania.asp

When the Lusitania left Liverpool on the 16 January 1915 its services
across the North Atlantic were about to become markedly more
appreciated. The...

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