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Subject: History

The Great Ships Series

"Recommended. Wonderful histories are more compelling due to their authenticity." -Ed. Media Review
An exceptional series of programs that focus on great ships of the world and the history they bear. Programs available on 8 or 9 individual DVDs, Digital Streaming Files or Videos; also in an 8-Disc Set. Click for more

The Lusitania: "A Damned Dirty Business"

Lusitania, The:

"Highly Recommended. This excellent documentary recounts one of the 20th century's greatest tragedies at sea, the sinking of the British luxury liner 'Lusitania' by a German U-boat during World War 1." -National Media Review
Three years after the tragic sinking of the RMS Titanic on April 14, 1912, the world was shocked by another tragedy at sea, the sinking of the RMS Lusitania on May 7, 1915; however, this disaster was no accident. At 1:40 p.m. of that fateful day, a German U-boat fired one torpedo at the luxurious British ocean liner, penetrating the hull of the great ship just below the waterline, which led to a second explosion, and in a matter of 18 minutes the RMS Lusitania sank just 14 miles off the coast of southern Ireland at Old Head of Kinsale. The severe listing of the ship prevented most of the lifeboats from being launched and 1,198 of the 1,959 people on board perished. Although Germany and England were in the midst of World War I, people around the world were outraged that a submarine would sink a vessel ferrying civilians across the Atlantic. Lord Mersey, who was chairman of the official investigation, was quoted as saying, "The 'Lusitania' case was a damned, dirty business!" Because Captain William Thomas Turner had steered the ship into a dangerous war zone; also, because the submarine commander, Walther Schwieger, insisted only one torpedo had been fired, which led to speculation there may have been ammunition hidden in the cargo hold, much controversy and debate surrounded the sinking of great liner. This investigative program explores the history of the ship, recounts the tragedgy, while shedding new light on the intrigue and mystery surrounding the second explosion. Produced by a Yellow Production. 08/10DE JSCA 52 min.


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