Years of studying the ship's catastrophic demise have convinced him that its shattered bones could resolve an old but still heated debate—by offering proof that the lusitania was secretly carrying war supplies from then-neutral america to embattled great britain when it was sunk to make his case, bemis. The royal navy stopped all ships suspected of carrying cargo to the central powers and confiscated the materiel in retaliation, germany declared the waters surrounding the british isles a war zone and sent u-boats to patrol the area in this tense atmosphere, the great cunard liner, rms lusitania, began.
Successive british governments have always maintained that there was no munitions on board the lusitania (and that the germans were therefore in the wrong to claim to the contrary as an excuse for sinking the ship), wrote noel marshall, the head of the foreign office's north america department, on 30. On the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the lusitania, a look at how “ unrestricted submarine warfare” changed the rules of war the british began to take u-boats more seriously after a major stealth attack decimated three of its large cruisers, the hms aboukir, hogue and cressy in september 1914.
Doomed: a contemporary view of the sinking of the lusitania off ireland in may 1915 the cunard vessel, steaming from new york to liverpool, was sunk eight miles off the irish coast by a u-boat maintaining that the lusitania was solely a passenger vessel, the british quickly accused the 'pirate hun' of. Interpretation: the lusitania what happened to on 1st may 1915 the british passenger liner lusitania, under the command of captain turner, set sail from new york destined for the port of liverpool on 7th may the ship crossed paths with the german u-boat u20 off the head of old kinsale, ireland at around 2:10 pm a.
On the 7 may 1915, a german u-boat sunk the british luxury liner, the rms lusitania 1,198 people lost their lives, including 128 americans its sinking caused moral outrage both in britain and in the us and led, ultimately, to the usa declaring war against germany lusitania the 'great war' was still less. Both british ocean liners had been the largest ships in the world when first launched (the lusitania at 787 feet in 1906, and the titanic at 883 feet in 1911) lost on the lusitania were famed broadway producer charles frohman, fashion designer carrie kennedy, and millionaire sportsman alfred gwynne.