Secrets Of The Lusitania Revealed
December 21, 2008
US (ChattahBox) – It May 7, 1915, a quiet day that became one of the most important for the US in World War I. The Lusitania, a passenger ship carrying nearly 1,200 people, 128 of which were American citizens, was sailing along the coast of Ireland, when a German torpedo was launched into her side.
A second explosion from somewhere within the ship’s bowels rocked the giant ocean liner as passengers scrambled into lifeboats, trying to evacuate the Lusitania. But in less then 20 minutes she had been taken under, and with her so had 1,119 of the people who had occupied her decks.
It was the move that was needed for the US to join the British in their battle against the German’s, and it propelled us into World War I with the ferocity of those who had been wronged by a senseless act. But divers may have a little more to add to the story.
According to divers who have been collecting the remains, the German’s may have been right to assume the Lusitania was holding more then just people. Nearly half of the hidden cargo on board is said to have been of secret munitions that were being transported to the UK, in an attempt to aid the British in their war effort.
While it doesn’t change the tragedy of the event, or the outrage of the deaths of so long ago, it does put a certain spin on history, and certainly a new look into the propaganda that followed in an effort to stir American hatred against the Germans.
So far, four million rounds of .303s were found on board, and Gregg Bemis, the American businessman who owns the rights to the remains and is holding the excavation, thinks it’s unlikely that that will be all that’s found.
‘I’ve always felt there were some significant high explosives in the holds – shells, powder, gun cotton – that were set off by the torpedo and the inflow of water. That’s what sank the ship.’