classic ocean liner
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",
soon captured the Blue Ribbon for the fastest Atlantic
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
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
passenger liner disaster, after the sinking of Titanic.
Like all of our
ocean liner models, this
RMS Lusitania model features:
- Plank-on-frame, hollow
hull construction, 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
- Hollow superstructure is comprised of many
individual thin pieces of wood glued together, not
several solid pieces of wood stacking on top one
- Windows are cutouts (not black decals), thanks to
the hollow structures.
computer-printed paper deck
- >95% of parts are wood and metal.
31" long x
11.5" tall x 7" wide
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