Sinking the Lusitania


60m 2001

Brief Synopsis

The RMS "Lusitania" was the most luxurious and impressive passenger liner of its day. When the ship set sail on a rainy spring morning in 1915, those aboard expected a routine transatlantic voyage from New York to Liverpool. Instead, their journey ended in a tragedy that laid bare the savagery of 20

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Release Date
2001

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Duration
60m

Synopsis

The RMS "Lusitania" was the most luxurious and impressive passenger liner of its day. When the ship set sail on a rainy spring morning in 1915, those aboard expected a routine transatlantic voyage from New York to Liverpool. Instead, their journey ended in a tragedy that laid bare the savagery of 20th century war. Unbeknownst to passengers, the "Lusitania" was shuttling military supplies and munitions to England -- more than 46 tons of highly combustible aluminum powder, unfilled shrapnel shells and at least four million rifle bullets. Germany, aware of this practice, repeatedly demanded that American decide to transport passengers or munitions, not both. On the afternoon of May 7, within sight of the Irish Coast, a German U-boat called U-20 spotted and fired upon the "Lusitania." Sixty seconds later, the explosion rocked the ship, which sank in 20 minutes -- 1198 people died, 764 survived.

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Release Date
2001

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Duration
60m

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