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100 years since the sinking of Lusitania

Artists impression of the sinking of the Lusitania. Credit: PA

100 years ago this week the famous Lusitania ship was sunk by German U-boats as it headed for Liverpool. Almost 1200 people died, many of them from the city.

The ship's captain William Turner, who survived after the ship went down, had received messages on the morning of the disaster that there were German submarines in the area and he altered course.

But a German sub, U-20, captained by Walther Schwieger, spotted the Lusitania 14 miles off the Old Head of Kinsale in Ireland and fired a torpedo that hit the vessel which quickly sank.

There had been time to send out an SOS and the Courtmacsherry lifeboat launched at 3pm. By the time they arrived, other rescue craft were on the scene and they were only able to pick up dead bodies. The Wanderer, a fishing boat from the Isle of Man, managed to pick up about 200 survivors. A memorial service will be held on Thursday at St Nicolas Church.

Do you know anyone who died on Lusitania? Appeal for stories of local casualties

Artist's impression of Lusitania sinking Credit: PA

The luxury liner was torpedoed by a German submarine with the loss of 1,198 lives in one of the most horrific incidents at sea during the First World War.

Latest research indicates that as many as 600 people aboard Lusitania had connections with Liverpool, Wirral and the wider region.

With the centenary of the sinking next year curators are carrying out new research into Lusitania. They have launched an appeal for Merseyside people to come forward with information about her Liverpool connections.

Merseyside Maritime Museum will mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking in 2015. People with information or links to this famous ship should email: [lusitania@

liverpoolmuseums.org.uk](mailto:lusitania@liverpoolmuseums.org.uk?subject=Lusitania).

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Sinking of Lusitania - 98th Anniversary Service

The Lusitania sailing from New York on 1st May 1915 on her last voyage. Credit: PA

A service marking the 98th anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania will be held in Liverpool today alongside the ship's salvaged propeller.

The luxury liner was torpedoed by a German submarine with the loss of 1,201 lives in one of the most horrific incidents during the First World War.

Latest research by curators indicates that as many as 600 people aboard Lusitania had connections with Liverpool, Wirral and the wider region.

Curators have launched a fresh appeal for Merseyside people to come forward with information about her Liverpool connections.

Ian Murphy, Deputy Director, Merseyside Maritime Museum, said:

"Lusitania was Liverpool's most famous ship. So many Liverpool families remain touched by this sinking. As we approach the 100th anniversary we'd really like to hear the stories of Liverpool families involved."