Lusitania was an engineering marvel, at one time the largest, fastest and most opulent vessel in the world. When she was sunk by a German submarine on 7 May 1915, with the loss of about 1,200 lives, it sent shockwaves around the world. The iconic passenger liner immediately became a weapon in the Allied propaganda war, helping to shift American public opinion against Germany and influencing the USA's eventual entry into the First World War. Her many achievements and successes were largely forgotten.
This volume tells Lusitania's story from construction to the aftermath of her sinking in remarkable contemporary postcards.
Eric Sauder has been researching ocean liners for nearly four decades. He was historian for Dr. Robert Ballard's exploration of the remains of Lusitania and Britannic and has also dived to Titanic, Republic, and Andrea Doria. He has been involved in numerous documentaries for the A&E Channel, the History Channel, the Discovery Channel, and the Learning Channel; he has worked on a number of projects with the National Geographic Society; and he is the author of RMS Lusitania: The Ship and Her Record. He lives in North Carolina.