Antiques dealer and family lost in disaster

The tragic story of Lusitania victim Edward Booth-Jones his wife and two children.

The Voyager's Dream

The story of Lusitania Victim William Henry Helm Brown. William Henry Helm Brown was born in Aberdeen, Scotland, at 2am on the morning of the 28th April 1881; he was not destined to grow up there. His father, Alexander Brown moved the whole…

The Champagne King, the playwright and the Savoy Hotel

Lusitania survivior George Kessler. In 1889, the Savoy Hotel was the most modern hotel London had ever seen. Built by Richard D’Oyly Carte, it had over 200 bedrooms, 67 marble bathrooms, a 24 hour room service, en-suite rooms and “speaking…

Philadelphia Banker and wife - Harry J & Mary Keser

Two victims of the Lusitania sinking Mr Harry J. Keser, Born 30th March 1873 - Died 7th May 1915 Mrs Mary Bringhurst Floyd Keser, Born 25th January 1865 - Died 7th May 1915   Mr and Mrs Keser of Philadelphia 
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William Meriheina : An inventive survivor

The story of William Meriheina, Lusitania survivor and inventor of the car radio. RMS LUSITANIA: SPEED & STEALTH by David E Olivera One occasionally runs across a story that expands beyond its obvious borders, and continues to expand…
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The Lusitania : Part 1 : Contents

Stories life and death from the sinking of the Lusitania. …if it wasn’t for the worry I could say we’ve had a lovely trip. Nellie Huston, Lusitania Victim Image courtesy of Harald Advokaat Contents 1. Introduction William…
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The Lusitania : Part 2 : Three Narratives

Each May marks the anniversary of one of the 20th century’s most notorious events; the sinking, by torpedo, of Cunard Line’s Lusitania off the coast of Ireland with the loss of 1198 lives. While she lived, Lusitania was known as one of a…
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The Lusitania : Part 3 : The Survivor

Lusitania survivor Barbara McDermott tells her story. There are two known Lusitania survivors alive at this writing. (January 2008)  Barbara McDermott, a personal friend to us all, appears in several segments narrated in the first person.…
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The Lusitania : Part 4 : The Families

Only a handful of the Lusitania’s families, and we are expanding the term ‘families’ to include mothers traveling with children, survived intact. Most did not survive at all. by Cecelia Owens. Courtesy of Carol Keeler Ronald…
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The Lusitania : Part 5 : The Struggle to Abandon Ship

Robert William Whaley, John Idwal Lewis and Walter Dawson Robert William Whaley... One of the few fortunate aspects of the Lusitania disaster was its timing. The majority of the passengers were high up in the ship, relaxing after lunch,…
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The Lusitania : Part 6 : The Port Boats

One enduring Lusitania myth is that of the chaos that reigned along her port side during her final eighteen minutes. Both historians and novelists have written of demoralized passengers, crewmembers struggling valiantly to push boats uphill…
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The Lusitania : Part 7 : Passengers of Distinction

Stories of some notable Lusitania passengers. Photograph taken 24th April 1915 showing final configuration of the boat deck Douglas Hertz, Lusitania survivor, may well have led the most colorful post-disaster lives of any of the…

Costa Concordia Eyewitness Accounts

Michael Poirier interviews Brandon Warrick and his sister Amanda who survived the sinking of the Costa Concordia in January 2012. Michael Poirier interviews Brandon Warrick and his sister Amanda who survived the sinking of the Costa Concordia…

The Sinking of the Sea Diamond

The sinking of the Costa Concordia has drawn inevitable comparisons with both Titanic and other maritime disasters. In this verbatim interview by Michael Poirier, a young survivor of the April 2007 Sea Diamond sinking, Zak Hayes, recalls the…

Morro Castle : Passenger and Crew List

Passengers and crew aboard the Morro Castle at the time of disaster... Passenger List Morro Castle : Known Occupied Cabins The following list was compiled by combining information from the Ward Line ticketing list, and Francis Crocco’s…

Morro Castle : The Forgotten Voices

One night out from Havana. Aboard the Morro Castle, passengers gather in the Deck Ballroom for a costume party. In less than four days time, the liner will be destroyed and 128 will be dead. In four hours it would all be over. The…

RMS Olympic: The early years

It's easy to start the story of Olympic by talking about a limousine pulling up in front of Downshire House. However this has been over-used in many books and articles. What can one say about the career of Titanic's sister-ship? A brief period…

Lest We Forget : The Coughlin Family

A beautiful spring day had brought together a band of people who wanted to honor the memory of a Titanic victim, Kate Buckley. Sitting under a tent, waiting for the service to start, Shelley Dziedzic began talking to a friendly-looking couple…

Lest We Forget : Albert Arthur Bestic

“To me she was my dream ship. I saw her first when in her regal beauty she sped along the surface of the Clyde upon her trials. My boyish heart went out to her in admiration.” That was Albert Arthur Bestic's first impression upon seeing…

The Price of Fame

Rose Ellen Murray, the Lusitania's Titanic Survivor Rose Ellen Murray, of Dublin and Philadelphia, became a minor celebrity after she survived the Lusitania disaster. However, her celebrity proved to be her undoing twenty years after the…

Lusitania : Final Voyage Folios

The Irish State recently acquired at auction some unique Lusitania items, including the original of the Saloon Berth List for the final, fatal voyage of May 1915. This contains first and second class cabin allocations, basic addresses, and…

Sky Cruise : A Flight on the Hindenburg

A unique photographic and documentary record of the tragic airship. Additional Galleries Hindenburg Graf Zepellin R100 Family and friends awaiting the delayed arrival of the Hindenburg on her first crossing to the United…

Double Jeopardy - Lusitania's Unique Victim

The astonishing story of the woman whose body was twice claimed by the same German submarine. THEY pray for night, craving the hours of darkness, these passengers who dread the day. Long agonies on the exposed sea are behind them.…

Recalling the USS Indianapolis

I was in the water, I was swimming away from the ship in the dark... I heard the loudest, worst noise I'd ever heard Interview by Jim Kalafus Cleatus Lebow smiles easily. He is a friendly man, soft spoken, with a pleasant Texas inflection,…
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The Cap Arcona

Perhaps the loveliest of the “forgotten” liners is Hamburg-Sudamerikanische’s Cap Arcona. She was conceived and built in the mid-1920s for service between Northern Europe and Argentina, a route every bit as prestigious as the better remembered…