The Sinking of RMS Lusitania
Remembering one of Britain's worst maritime disasters and a pivotal moment of World War One.
It was the worst maritime disaster of World War I so far. 1,197 souls were lost when the Cunard liner RMS Lusitania was torpedoed by German U-boat 20 off Ireland's south coast on the 7th May 1915. The mighty Lusitania, once one of the proudest vessels in Cunard's fleet, took just 18 minutes to sink. The tragedy had profound repercussions on the international stage, sparking anti-German riots in Britain and outrage across the globe. The death of 148 American citizens started a process that ultimately led to neutral America entering the war on the Allied side. This small collection gathers together films of the Lusitania, from her heyday as one of Britain's most popular luxury liners, to reportage of her sinking and its aftermath, and the official commemorations on the anniversary of the tragedy. The films highlight some of the issues surrounding the disaster, from the personal tragedies to official reactions and the Lusitania's use as a powerful symbol in war propaganda.
American Liner "Lusitania" Entering New York HarbourAmerican Liner "Lusitania" Entering New York Harbour
This stunningly-photographed newsreel item captures the majestic but ill-fated RMS Lusitania in happier days.
Animation & Artists Moving Image19155 minsSilent
An animated recreation of the sinking of the Lusitania is the centrepiece of this pioneering mix of comedy, satire and outrage in cartoon propaganda.
Anti-German Riots in Liverpool following the Loss of 'Lusitania'Anti-German Riots in Liverpool following the Loss of 'Lusitania'
Newsreel footage captures the aftermath of riots in Liverpool following the sinking of Cunard liner 'the Lusy' during WWI.
Non-Fiction19162 minsSilent Location: Hyde Park
Remembrance is used to fuel anti-German feeling in London on the first anniversary of the sinking of RMS Lusitania.