Friday, May 8, 2015

The Lusitania Tragedy - 100 Years Ago

The Track of the Lusitania, by William Lionel Wyllie
100 years ago on May 7, 1915, some of my characters were aboard the luxurious, ill-fated Lusitania when she was torpedoed by a German submarine off the coast of Ireland. Also on board was the daughter of mercantile millionaire Timothy Eaton, Josephine Burnside, who was sucked into a smokestack when the ship sank, but was blown out again.  Miraculously, she survived, but her 20-year-old daughter didn’t. You can be sure that one of my characters has a similar experience.

The Lusitania is a riveting tragedy, as much for the conspiracy theories that still surround it as by the harrowing tales of the 761 people who managed to survive.  1200 didn’t, and 900 of those were never found.

For more info, see an older post of mine.

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