|Dead Wake - The Last Crossing of the Lusitania |
by Erik Larson
S.S. Lusitania Leaves New York City on Last Voyage
|S.S. Lusitania Sinking|
The sinking of the Lusitania by a German U-Boat may have been the trigger that launched America on the road to war. It took two years, but eventually we got involved. One of the first things we did was send a squadron of destroyers over. The event was significant enough that Bernard F. Grimble captured it in a painting.
|Return of the Mayflower, by Bernard F. Gribble (British, 1873-1962)|
|SM U-20 grounded on the Danish coast in 1916. Torpedoes had been exploded in the bow to destroy the boat|
P.S. Some places say SS for Steam Ship, some places say RMS which stands for Royal Mail Ship, not Royal Majesty's Ship, which would have been my first guess. British Royal Navy ships are denoted by HMS which stands for His (or Her) Majesty's Ship. RMS just means the ship carries the mail.
P.P.S. Some of the place names from Ireland sounded familiar. Seems I did a post about The Wreck of the Seahorse a couple of years ago. 200 years ago the Seahorse foundered on the Irish coast not far from where the Lusitania went down. I added it to the map.