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Lusitania

A remarkable series of articles telling the story of the Lusitania disaster in 1915.

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Lest We Forget : The Lusitania

 

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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…

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…

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.…

Passport to Perdition

How an expired passport could have prevented an untimely death on the Lusitania. AN EXPIRED passport could have prevented the untimely expiry of a life on the Lusitania. But instead its holder, Thomas J. Silva, moved heaven and earth to…

Lest We Forget : Henry Sonneborn

“…he never spoke of the relationship in a negative way or acted like some family secret needed to be protected. ” Schwabacher seems to have possessed considerable property. The substantial provision made by his will for his friend, Sonneborn,…

Lest We Forget Part 2

The second part of Lest We Forget, the human side of the Lusitania disaster. AS THE LUSITANIA WENT DOWN. The sun was sparkling brightly upon the ocean foam, The Lusitania, speeding fast, was very nearly home. Then came the blow so…

Lest We Forget : Part 1

This May marks the 90th 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…