Last Voyage of the Lusitania

Last Voyage of the Lusitania

DVD - 2003
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A look at the disaster that shocked the world on May 7, 1915, when the state-of-the-art ocean liner sank after being struck by a German U-Boat torpedo that killed over 1100 passengers.
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : National Geographic, c2003.
Edition: Fullscreen ed.
ISBN: 9780792232063
0792232062
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (60 min.) : sd., col. with b&w segments ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary: A look at the disaster that shocked the world on May 7, 1915, when the state-of-the-art ocean liner sank after being struck by a German U-Boat torpedo that killed over 1100 passengers.

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RescueDog
Jul 29, 2017

Bob Ballard is famous as the guy who found The Titanic. He also found the Lusitania. (Sunk by a German sub a couple of years before the US entered WWI.)
He did a great job of setting up the story by interviewing some elderly folks who survived the disaster. It also included his dives to the wreck in an effort to figure out why it sank.
The history everybody knows is that the Germans fired a single torpedo into the massive & extremely well designed ship. It should not have been enough to sink it. There was also a 2nd explosion that actually caused the ship to sink.
I've seen several documentaries telling me that Lusitania was secretly carrying explosives to aid the British war effort, making it actually a war vessel, putting the Germans well within their rights to fire on the ship. When these exploded after the torpedo hit, the ship sank.
Ballard & his crew set out to dive the wreck to try to determine what actually caused that fatal 2nd explosion.

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