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Transcript of The Lusitania
The First Explosion
The first explosion was a German torpedo launched at 2:10 p.m., on May 7, 1915. The German U-Boat U 20, attacked the ocean liner Lusitania with a German torpedo.
The Second Explosion
The second explosion followed a few seconds after the first explosion. The Germans fired another torpedo at the Lusitania. And with that, the Lusitania sank within 18 minutes.
By Jeremy Mao
The Lusitania was a British ocean liner. It was the first British ship ever to have 4 smoke stacks. It was also the first ship larger than 30,000 gross tons.
From this disaster, a total of 1,198 people were killed. 1,924 passengers were on board. Of those 1, 924 passengers, 159 were American. 128 Americans died. The death of these Americans had pressured the president,
, to warn Germany not to harm America.
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Any questions or comments?
One of the most popular questions amongst people when they talk about the Lusitania is
Why did the Germans fire the torpedos?
The Lusitania was sailing
during World War one. The Germans thought that the ship was carrying secret ammunition for British forces.
The Lusitania was 44,060 tons.
It was built in 1904 by John Brown and his company.
The captain was William Thomas Turner.
The owner was Cunard Line.