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The Sinking of the Lusitania In the early part of the twentieth century there was one and only main way to travel through the Atlantic Ocean The Lusitania was built to challenge some german vessels that had the blue riband At this time the passengers of these vessels were not only looking for fast means of travels but stylish means of trvaeling They were looking for luxury from the food to the sleeping accomodations The Lusitania weighed 31550 tons and was 785 feet long In only its second year the ship took the Blue Riband back from the Germans The ship became very seccessful and was enjoyed by many passengers On a voyage leaving Liverpool on January 16 1915 the Lusitania was involved in an international incident which gave the ships presence in the North Atlantic a very high profile The ship was travelling through rough seas on the way to Queenstownand fearing the possibility of a torpedo attack the Captain hoisted the stars and stripes Since America was still a neutral side Germany wouldnt dare to bring USA on the side of the allies so they thaught they would defintiely have a safe passage But when the raised the US flag the press noticed it and it wa soon world news In April 1915 the German embassy in Washington sent warnings to the newspapers in New York to say that the passengers travelling on American or British ships did so at their own risk On its next voyage on April seventeenth the cargo was foodstuffs metal rods ingots and boxes of cartridges Although debate on the real contents have been going on for many years On May 7th the ship entered the so called Danger Zone The captain took all safety orders and proceeded After a breif stop in Liverpool the ship was hit with a torpedo Almost simultaneously there was a second explosion which
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