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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…