Lusitani : an epic tragedy.
Transcription of Annotations
Notes on half title page give a breakdown of the passengers on the Lusitania who lost their lives; others refer to Captain Turner who was convinced that his ship couldn't sink and believed that speed was the best weapon against U-boats. He wouldn't order a lifeboat drill and gave the order not to lower the lifeboats, even though there were life jackets for everyone on board. The notes show that the sinking of the Lusitania lead to America's decision to go to war in 1916. A poster titled 'Remember the Lusitania' was used for recruitment purposes. A list of wealthy, famous Americans who died in the attack is also provided. p. [iii] contains notes describing various dives between 1935 and 2001 in the Irish Sea to explore the ship wreck. In 1982 e.g., one of the propellers of the Lusitania was retrieved and melted into 3500 sets of golf clubs. -- These questions and comments are noted on p. 532: "How often was Turner interviewed after sinking?" -- "Did Churchill conspire on the sinking of the L[usitania] in order to bring U.S. into the war?" -- Captain Reginald Hall could have conspired to have L. hit." -- Annotations by Brian Lamb in the margins and underlining of pertinent phrases throughout the book. -- Examples: p. 4: "Why did the British navy not provide the Lusitania with an escort? Why was the ship going so slowly on a dead straight course after receiving warnings about the presence of enemy submarines? -- What was really in her cargo hold? What were Captain Turner's "secret" orders? Why did the ship sink so quickly?"