Subversive Historian – 05/07/09

The Sinking of the Lusitania

Back in the day on May 7th 1915, the Lusitania, a British luxury liner, was sunk by a German U-boat off the coast of Ireland. Departing six days earlier from New York to Liverpool, a single torpedo was able to destroy the ship in eighteen minutes. Nearly 1,200 passengers aboard were killed including more than one-hundred U.S. citizens. The British and U.S. governments claimed that human cargo was all that was aboard the Lusitania, but the Germans insisted that munitions were being shipped clandestinely in order to break a World War I naval blockade that they tried to impose. Indeed, despite the firing of a single torpedo, a second explosion on the Lusitania hastened its downfall and lent credence to the notion that secret munitions were among the cargo.

The British declared it an act of piracy and the U.S. utilized their version of events to stir up public opinion in favor of eventually entering the war. Divers later confirmed the presence of munitions in the ship’s wreckage, however, once again going to show that governments engage in “Lies! Lies! Lies! Yeah.”


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