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RMS Lusitania was a British luxury ocean liner owned by the Cunard Line. Launched on June 7th 1906, the giant ship could rip through the water at an average speed over 25 knots by engines that produced 68,000 hp. Dubbed the "Greyhound of the Seas", RMS Lusitania soon captured the Blue Ribbon for the fastest Atlantic crossing.

The British Admiralty had secretly subsidized RMS Lusitania's construction. She was built to Admiralty specifications with the understanding that at the outbreak of war the ship would be consigned to government service. In 1913, the Lusitania quietly entered dry dock in Liverpool and was fitted for war service. This included the installation of ammunition magazines and gun mounts on her decks. The mounts, concealed under the teak deck, were ready for the addition of the guns when needed.

As the fastest ship afloat, the luxurious liner felt secure in the belief she could easily outdistance any submarine. Nonetheless, the menace of submarine attack reduced her passenger list to only half her capacity.

On May 1, 1915, the ship departed New York City bound for Liverpool. Unknown to her passengers, almost all her hidden cargo consisted of munitions destined for the British war effort.

On May 7, RMS Lusitania neared the coast of Ireland. At 2:10 PM, her side was hit by a torpedo fired by the German submarine U 20. A mysterious second explosion ripped her apart. Chaos reigned. Lifeboats crashed into passengers crowded on deck. Most passengers never had a chance.   Within 18 minutes the giant ship was under the water.  1,198 of the 1,924 aboard died.

114 American deaths enraged American public opinion. President Wilson protested strongly to the Germans.  Secretary of State William Jennings Bryan, a pacifist, resigned.  In September, the Germans announced that passenger ships would be sunk only with prior warning and appropriate safeguards for passengers.  However, within two years America declared war.

The sinking of the RMS Lusitania is the second most well-known civilian passenger liner disaster, after the sinking of Titanic.


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Like all of our ocean liner models, this RMS Lusitania model features:

- Superior hollow hull construction (very important), weighing less than 10 lbs  (A solid hull of this model would be over 30 lbs which feels like a heavy toy rather than an art piece.)

- Hollow superstructure is comprised of many individual thin pieces of wood glued together, not several solid pieces of wood stacking on top one another.

- Windows are cutouts (not black decals), thanks to the hollow structures.

-  No computer-printed paper deck

- >95% of parts are wood and metal

31" long x 11.5" tall  x 7" wide  $2,900      Out of stock

62" long   $7,900    S & H is $220 

Add light to one of the above models: $200  Cord can be unplugged from base.

For display case, please click here: Model Ship Display Case

And here for our beautiful RMS Queen Mary model, RMS Mauretania model, and RMS Aquitania model