Monday, August 23, 2010
The Lusitania was a very famous liner, whose end is usually thought to have brought the US into world war 1. This is not actually the full case. While her violent end contributed to the US' entry into war, it was not actually the last straw. That was the Mexican telegram. But the Lusitania is still worth mentioning, as she is, along with the Titanic, one of the most famous liners of all time. Her last photograph, strangely enough, resembles the last full photos of the Titanic as she sails into history, and the Hood as she goes to engage the Bismark. The Lusitania was the first passenger ship to be equipped with Turbines, and is the first liner I know of to be sunk by a U-boat. She had many so-called fans who were certain that she was the most comfortable ship afloat, despite the advent of White Star's Olympic, Titanic and Britannic. Lusitania, unlike Titanic, has not entered the English Language.