Thursday, May 7, 2015

100 Years on - The Lusitania Remembered


100 years ago today, 1200 people were murdered by the German Navy when a U-boat sank the RMS Lusitania, a civilian cruise liner just off southern Ireland. Today's Chicago Tribune ran the article above which mentions Henry Harrison, a Manxman in Chicago, who was headed back to the island to attend his parents' deathbeds. 

The quote below is from a post on the Facebook page, 'Manx Nostalgia.'

Peel fishing vessel the 'Wanderer' and its crew did something very special this day 100 years ago. It was the first rescue boat to reach the Lusitania, torpedoed off the Old Head of Kinsale by a U-boat on 7 May 1915.

The Manchester Manx Society had a special medal struck for each member of the crew - this was one awarded to Thomas Woods: http://www.imuseum.im/Collections/View.mth?EntryID=2896147 
Here's the start also of an article from the 'Peel City Guardian' of 15 May 1915.

You can read more about the Lusitania and the Manx people aboard by visiting Explore Newspapers: http://www.newspapers.gov.im/Default/Skins/IOMDemo/Client.asp?skin=IOMDemo&AppName=2&enter=true

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