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World War One was well underway in 1915 France Russia and Britain also known as the allies were fighting Germany Austria-Hungary and Italy The United States was staying neutral at this time The war was at a turning point because both sides were even on land so sea warfare was becoming more and more popular U-boats were introduced during this time On February 15 1915 Germany said that any boat entering the war zone would be immediately torpedoed and sunk by their U-boats The Lusitania was built because of a strong rivalry between Germany and Britain about who could create the fastest and most luxurious ocean liner The building of the Lusitania started in September of 1904 and was completed on June 7 1906 About 200000 people came to see her first departure on September 7 1907 The Lusitania was 785 feet long and weighed 31550 metric tons The Lusitania was the largest ship on the seas It was created as a luxurious ocean liner that carried people and goods between the United States and England The Lusitania was very popular because of her speed and luxurious accommodations It had seven decks Her passengers called her a floating palace It was considered the finest ship on the seas A one-way trip on the Lusitania costs about 4000 The Lusitania was given the Blue Ribbon for crossing the Atlantic in the least amount of time In January of 1915 Captain William Turner was taking the Lusitania to Queenstown when a German Sub stopped them and was going to bomb them The captain raised the American flag and because the United States was still neutral the Germans refused to torpedo the ship Soon after German policy changed they were told to take down any ship in their war zone The Germans put warnings saying Travelers sailing in the war zone on ships of Great Britaindo so at their own risk on all Lusitania advertisements
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