Illustrated Lectures @ CY&BC; - The Sinking of the Lusitania
Clontarf Yacht & boat Club will host an illustrated lecture on the sinking of the Lusitania, on Friday 29th January 2015 at 8pm by Cormac Lowth.
Cormac Lowth is well-known as a superb researcher, lecturer and writer on many aspects of Irish maritime History. This lecture will examine, with many rare images of her interior, various aspects of the Lusitania focusing on the innovative nature of her construction and prominence as a luxury Trans-Atlantic passenger liner.
Cormac will also delve into the mysteries surrounding the last fateful voyage of the Lusitania from New York to include the alleged cargo of the ship, the activities of British Naval Intelligence and the involvement of ‘Room 40’ in breaking German codes, the German U-20 torpedo attack on the Lusitania and the massive second explosion that sank the ship.
He will then describe the rescue of the survivors, the propaganda campaign that followed the sinking and the tragic aftermath, when, despite an inquest, an official enquiry, various salvage attempts and diving investigations of the wreck, conspiracy theories and rumours abound right up to 2015, a hundred years later.