The sinking of the Lusitania

Today I attended the service marking the 102nd anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania which took place alongside the ship’s salvaged propeller.

The Cunard luxury liner was torpedoed with the loss of 1,191 lives in one of the most horrific incidents at sea during the First World War. Only 771 people survived. At the time, Lusitania was the most famous ship in the world*.

Each May Merseyside Maritime Museum, in partnership with Liverpool Parish Church, holds a commemoration of the disaster. Museum staff and families lay floral tributes to remember those men, women and children who perished.


The short service was taken by the Rector of Liverpool the Rev Dr Crispin Pailing, after which members the public were invited to lay flowers and wreaths.

The Rev Dr Crispin Pailing


Taking time to reflect in front of the
propeller from the Lucitania

Placing flowers


 You can read a little of the history of the Lusitania here



© Bob Edwards