Lusitania: The Floating Palace
Embarkation at New York.
The nanny, for the wealthy Fitzwallis family, writes home describing the Lusitania as "a floating palace".
What's in the boxes being loaded onto the ship?
Deep beneath the waves, live the sea creatures.
All ships sail the seas 'over Neptune's head'.
The Lusitania sets sail...
The wealthy Fitzwallis family are served breakfast in their cabin.
Mr and Mrs Fitzwallis enjoy the air on deck.
The First-Class passengers are horrified to find an intruder: a Third-Class passenger!
The Captain's Gala Ball: a wonderfully grand occasion.
Meanwhile, down in the hold, the steerage passengers and crew are having a wild time.
After watching a perfunctory lifeboat drill, the passengers are rather concerned.
Land ahoy! Ireland can be seen on the horizon.
Little Dorothy tells her Mamma and Pappa and little baby James that she loves them.
The German submarine is on the look-out for enemy ships.
There is an enormous explosion as the torpedo hits the Lusitania.
The Lusitania begins to sink...
Passengers are frantic as they scramble for the lifeboats.
The Lusitania sank in only 18 minutes...some survived in the sea.
1200 passengers and crew died in the tragedy.
The Germans, British and Americans were all blaming each other.
Then Captain Turner was blamed and ostracised.
At the Public Enquiry, Captain Turner declares he was not to blame: "I am innocent!".
Years later, Dorothy writes to her nanny to thank her for saving her life that fateful day: 7 May 1915.