Lusitania is seen at the tail of the bank in the firth of Clyde on 27 June, 1907, taking on coal to begin her trial runs for her builders, John Brown and Company. The company didnt want to leave anything to chance, before she began her official trials for Cunard the following month. Vibration wou
The Lusitania is shown on the stocks at the time of her launch in June, 1906. The brick buildings seen beyond her bow would be demolished in 1910/11 in preparation for the building of Aquitania. Lusitania would represent a lot of firsts, not only for the Cunard Line, but for ship design in general
The four funnels of the Lusitania are seen from above in the summer of 1908, while the ship was docked in New York Harbor. One has to wonder about the vantage point from which the picture was taken. There were no high places on the water front at that time, and the picture is clearly taken from a
Five minutes after a single torpedo struck, the Lusitania is sinking fast. Steam pressure driving the turbines has bled off and the electrical systems are rapidly running down. The ship is still shooting forward driving yet more seawater into her badly damaged hull.
It is almost 14:10 and the U20 has been running hope against hope to get a positive layup for intercepting the large liner it had been stalking. A last minute course change provides a perfect attack solution. At 14:09 a G6 type torpedo is fired.
In honour of those who died when the 'Lusitania' was sunk by the U-20 off the Old Head of Kinsale on 7 May 1915, I have built my version of the Gunze Sangyo model of the liner.
The kit (1/350 scale) is excellent, and robust enough to accommodate an electric motor and R/C. It becomes a fine sailin
This shows the arrangements for the motorising of the model of the 'Lusitania', and the way the decks and superstructure have been assembled. They can be lifted off easily to gain access to the electrical components and R/C system.
This picture shows Lusitania in New York, and taking on coal, while docked in the newly opened Chelsea Piers in 1911. This picture also shows the ships low profile of her upper decks. The mechanism within the clamshell lids on the vent openings proved to be rather fragile, and they required a lot
The boat deck of the Lusitania is shown in this view, and it was taken from the ships after-docking-bridge in 1911. Since it predates the Titanic disaster, the expanse of open railing on the boat deck still remains. This view also shows some of the unique clamshell type lids on some of her ventila
Today marks the Centennial Anniversary of the tragic sinking of this historic ship, and I thought it fitting to post some pictures that may not have been seen by other members on the site. This picture was taken on June 27, 1907, and it shows the Lusitania when newly completed, and taking on coal a
Here is another view of the Lusitania tied up in the Sloyne prior to her maiden voyage. The ship is being coaled and her crew has rigged a canvas awning screen along her B-Deck Promenade, either for inclement weather or to keep coal dust down to a minimum.
The Lusitania is seen tied up to the Cunard Buoy in the Sloyne in September, 1907, prior to the start of her Maiden Voyage. Her starboard anchor rests up on the ship's foredeck, with a portion of the chain hanging over the ship's side. The ship would experience a lot of movement here, either becau
The following photos come from William Millers book Great Atlantic Liners of the Twentieth Century in Color. The colorization of all the photographs was done by Anton Logvinenko. The ships are presented in the book in chronological order, starting with a single view of the Kaiser Wilhelm Der Gro