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The Lusitania story
Peeke, Mitch.
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Publication Information:
Annapolis, Md. : Naval Institute Press, [2002]

Physical Description:
xiv, 175 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
General Note:
Includes passenger and crew lists from her final voyage in 1915.
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D592.I8 P44 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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The Lusitania is today best remembered for the controversy surrounding her loss as a result of a German submarine attack on Friday 7 May, 1915, during the First World War. But this book also tells of her life before that cataclysmic event. It records the ground-breaking advances in maritime engineering that she represented, as well as a hitherto unheard-of degree of opulence. After her sea trials (which she initially failed), her seven glorious years of peacetime service are described when she captured the coveted Blue Riband for Great Britain. This book also takes a close and authoritative look at the disaster which befell her and, with the help of leading experts, the authors analyse the circumstances of her loss and try to determine why this magnificent vessel, together with 1,201 souls, was lost in a mere eighteen minutes. After examining the subsequent public inquiries the story is brought right up to date with a brief history of the wreck of this once fabulous liner. Thanks to the help of the current owner, Gregg Bemis Junior, who has spent years and considerable resources surveying the wreck, many previously unresolved questions are answered. The Lusitania Story is the complete story of this famous ocean liner, told for the first time in a single volume with verified passenger and crew lists as well as an accurate record of those who survived and perished. The value of this book is enhanced by its many illustrations. Book jacket.

Author Notes

Mitch Peeke is a founder member of the Lusitania Historical Society. After a career in the printing industry, he became a London cab-driver. He now writes for numerous journals and lives near Chatham
Steve Jones is an active member of the Lusitania Historical Society. Living at Dartford, Kent, he is a taxi-driver
Kevin Walsh-Johnson, another founder member of the Lusitania Historical Society

Table of Contents

Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgementsp. xi
Introductionp. xiii
Forces of Creationp. 1
Designp. 4
Building the Dreamp. 10
Launchp. 14
Fitting Outp. 17
Trials and Alterationsp. 25
Lusitania in Servicep. 29
Warp. 39
The Last Departurep. 52
The 202nd Atlantic Voyagep. 57
The Sinking of the Lusitaniap. 73
Public Enquires: The Crown v The Truthp. 81
The Wreck of the Lusitaniap. 91
What Sank the Lusitania?p. 94
Epiloguep. 106
Appendix I Passenger and Crew List for Lusitania's Last Voyagep. 111
Appendix II Cunard Obligations: 1903 Agreementp. 155
Appendix III Lusitania Onlinep. 166
Appendix IV Dimensions and Statistics of RMS Lusitaniap. 167
Bibliographyp. 168
Indexp. 170