May 7, 2018

The Lusitania

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May 7, 1915...the infamous day of the sinking of the RMS Lusitania...torpedoed by a German U-Boat that took the lives of almost 1200 people...it was a 4-stack ship like the Titanic...it was operated by Cunard (which is still around today)....it was the fastest ship in its day with a cruising speed of about 25 knots...it could hold about 2,200 passengers...the German embassy had warned that ships flying the British flag were subject to attack...the crew did their best to launch the lifeboats but due to the damage and the severe list of the ship, they were only able to launch six out of the forty-eight...they had no prior training in launching lifeboats...as was the case with the RMS Titanic, most of the passengers drowned or died from hypothermia...when it went down, reports are of a first explosion which was caused by the torpedos, and then a second explosion which is rumored to have come from munitions which were reportedly onboard the ship...the British government denied this claim for many years, however in recent times salvagers have been warned often danger of possible live ammunition...in Cork, Ireland, there is a mass grave for victims of the disaster...there is also a hotel called The Commodore which hosted many passengers of the Lusitania (ironically owned by Germans at the time) which has been reported as being haunted...most accounts refer to low murmuring voices and the eerie sound of footsteps approaching the cemetery wall located nearby...some people have presumed that a current funeral was approaching and have looked up...to see nothing but an empty road...with the massive number of dead, it’s no wonder that there are so many distressed spirits who are restless...Lucy, Lady Duff-Gordon who survived the sinking of the Titanic, was schedule to travel via the Lusitania but cancelled just before due to illness.