Cunard's Queen Victoria To Pay Tribute To Lusitania
On May 7 1915, the Lusitania, Cunard flagship and holder of the Blue Riband, was sunk with the loss of 1,195 lives. On May 7 2015, 100 years on, Cunard’s Queen Victoria will pay tribute as she sails her commemorative ‘Lusitania Remembered’ cruise.
Lusitania was launched in 1906 and became the flagship of the Cunard fleet. She was also the largest ocean liner in service until her sister Mauretania arrived, and during her eight year service she made an impressive 202 crossings between Liverpool and New York.
Cunard Line has commissioned historian Eric Sauder to produce a temporary exhibition of Lusitania memorabilia that will be displayed onboard Queen Victoria. The exhibit will feature china, silver, brochures, postcards, memorabilia and souvenirs that will bring to life the story of Cunard’s former flagship. The exhibition will tell Lusitania’s story and feature several unique items including the scissors used by Lady Inverclyde to launch Lusitania in 1906 and Maurice the Bear.
Maurice the Bear was also a passenger on Lusitania’s fateful crossing, bought by an Englishman for his young daughter and packed into a trunk, but when his plans suddenly changed, forcing him to catch the next ship to England, Maurice was already packed, so went ahead. He was later pulled out of the water and finally given to his new owner several days later.
At 0330 hours on 7 May Queen Victoria will pause over the wreck. Commodore Rynd and Cunard Director Angus Struthers will lay wreaths and passengers travelling who had relatives on Lusitania will offer their own floral tributes prior to Queen Victoria paying her own tribute by sounding her fog horn.
Further tributes will be paid at the Lusitania graves in the Old Churchyard outside Cobh prior to a special commemorative service. Two special moments will be Queen Victoria sounding her whistle at 1410 hours (the moment the torpedo hit Lusitania) and 1428 hours (the moment Lusitania sank).
In addition commemorative dinners will be held during the cruise which will acknowledge and pay tribute to Lusitania and Cunard’s role in the First World War.
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