Another Ocean Liners related book, about the fastest liner then in service in 1915. On May 1, 1915, World War I was entering it's tenth month. A luxury ocean liner as richly appointed as an English country house sailed out of New York, bound for Liverpool, carrying a record number of children and infants. For months, German U-boats had brought terror to the North Atlantic, but he Lusitania was one of the era's great transatlantic "greyhounds", and her captain, William Thomas Turner, placed tremendous faith in the gentlemanly strictures of warfare that for a century had kept civilian ships safe from attack. As Lusitania made her way toward Liverpool, an array of forces both grand and achingly small all converged to produce one of the greatest disasters of history. Dead Wake captures the sheer drama and emotional power of a disaster whose intimate details and true meaning have long been obscured by history.
Dimensions are 5'' x 8 1/8''
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