This past week was the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania. Here is an excellent retelling of the event by Irish author Jean Reinhardt. It’s good to remember.
The Lusitania, a British registered vessel, was sunk by a torpedo that changed the course of history. It took just eighteen minutes to go down. Today, May 7th, 2015 is the one hundredth anniversary of that tragic event. One of the passengers was widower George Hook, travelling with his two children, Elsie and Frank. On board was another family, Walter and Nettie Mitchel and their baby son, along with Nettie’s brother, John.
The German u-boat U20 was headed towards a war zone in Irish water, where its mission was to sink any British ship in its path. Travelling to the same area at a top speed of 25 knots was the Lusitania, nicknamed The Greyhound of the Sea. U-boats were designed to attack slow moving targets, so speed was considered an advantage in avoiding their missiles.
A one hundred year old document, written by Captain Walther Schweiger while on board U20…
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