Lusitania Memorial Service held on 97th anniversary - Liverpool
The 97th anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania is commemorated with a small ceremony. RMS Lusitania was a British ocean liner, named after the ancient Roman province of Lusitania, which is part of present day Portugal.
The Cunard liner RMS Lusitania regularly sailed between Liverpool and New York before the First World War. This continued when hostilities commenced. Initially the U-boats mainly attacked naval vessels but this soon changed.
This warning was printed adjacent to an advertisement for Lusitania's return voyage from New York. The warning led to some agitation in the press and worried the ship's passengers and crew. Lusitania departed Pier 54 in New York on 1 May 1915.
Travellers intending to embark on the Atlantic voyage are reminded that a state of war exists between Germany and her allies and Great Britain and her allies; that the zone of war includes the waters adjacent to the British Isles; that, in accordance with formal notice given by the Imperial German Government, vessels flying the flag of Great Britain, or any of her allies, are liable to destruction in those waters and that travellers sailing in the war zone on the ships of Great Britain or her allies do so at their own risk.
Imperial German Embassy
Washington, D.C. 22nd April 1915
The liner was sailing from New York to Liverpool. It approached the Irish Sea from the south, where U20 was lurking. RMS Lusitania was hit beneath its bridge by a torpedo from the submarine U20. There was an initial explosion and a larger secondry explosion. There are many theories such as exploding coal dust or ammunition. The ship sank in eighteen minutes, killing 1,198 of the 1,959 people aboard.
The "Act of Rememberance" was held on Monday 7th May 2012 and was openned by Ian Murphy. David Roberts gave a brief historical overview. Father John Williams led the Rememberance.