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Sinking of the Lustainia
Transcript of Sinking of the Lustainia
by The Alex Wojcik
They Lusitania sank on May 7, 1915 on South coast of Ireland with 1,900 people on board. It was torpedoed down by a German U-boat.
A subsequent explosion is what really caused the ship to sink.
Germany had sent out a warning written in the U.S. newspapers. The Lusitania set sail anyway. It set sail from New York and was set to go to Liverpool, England.
The Sinking of the Lusitania
Before the Sinking
Why Germany Sank the Lusitania
Germany claimed that they thought that the Lusitania was an enemy ship with munitions on board. It was, although, mainly a passenger ship.
Why the Sinking was Important
The sinking was important to America because many Americans were furious over the fact that 120 American lives were lost because of the sinking. This outrage caused even more tension between USA and Germany and brought USA closer to entering the war.
The Lusitania was 787 feet long could carry around 3,050 people. for a little while in 1907, The ship was the largest in the world. It usually traveled across the Atlantic in between America and Britain.
Around 1,100 people died in total. Out of the 1,100, 120 Americans died.
Out of the 1,900 passengers on board, 750 survived the sinking. Only 30 of the 750 survivors were American.
- The captain of the ship had shut down some of the boilers which would have slowed down the ships speed, making it easier to sink the ship.
-John Brown & Co. Ltd. of Clydebank were the makers of the Lusitania.
-There were gun mounts on the ship's bow and were hidden from the passengers.
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