The Lusitania was a ship built by John Brown & Co. of Clydebank that was bombed by U-boats and many people on board died. 1195 out of the 1962 people on board died. It left America for Liverpool on May1, 1915. At the time Germany was bombing British ships with their during times of war. It was taken down with a single torpedo by German Kapitanleutnant Walther Schwieger. After 18 minutes the ship had sunk. This act resulted in America’s introduction into the war. The Americans were outraged by the attack which fueled the entrance into the foreign affairs they had previously been avoiding. Currently the Lusitania lies 295 feet under the water.
Video on the sinking made by winsor McCay: ">
Lusitania Abstract of Log: http://www.greatships.net/scans/LE-LU01R.jpg
For Pictures of the Lusitania: http://www.greatships.net/lusitania.html
The Lusitania is mentioned in Ragtime on page 318 “... the British liner Lusitania was torpedoes by a U-boat off the southwest coast of Ireland. The Lusitania, registered as an armored merchant ship, was secretly carrying a manifest of volatile ware material in her holds. Twelve hundred …lost their lives, among them, Father…” It is significant because it marks the death of Father and allows for a year later Mother to marry Tateh.
Resources and picture sources : http://www.pbs.org/lostliners/lusitania.html