Cunard pays tribute to the loss of Lusitania 100 years on
Exactly 100 years on from the sinking of Cunard’s flagship Lusitania, Queen Victoria will pay tribute to the tragedy with a special commemorative cruise.
The Lusitania Remembered cruise will sailing from and back to Southampton from 3 May to 10 May. The voyage will call at St Peter Port (Guernsey), Le Havre, Cobh and Dublin.
Lusitania was torpedoed and sunk on Friday 7 May 1915 with the loss of 1,195 lives. As a tribute to this Cunard has commissioned historian Eric Sauder to produce a temporary exhibition of Lusitania memorabilia that will be displayed on board Queen Victoria.
The exhibit will feature china, silver, brochures, postcards, memorabilia and souvenirs that will bring the ship’s story to life, and will include the scissors used by Lady Inverclyde to launch Lusitania in 1906.
Sauder has been interested in the subject for over 30 years with his first job being as a tour guide on Queen Mary in Long Beach. He has dived on the wreck of Lusitania and has authored two books on the subject.
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 before Queen Victoria sounds its fog horn in tribute.
Angus Struthers, Cunard Director:
“In this, our 175th anniversary year, we will take time to remember and reflect on the loss of the Cunard flagship Lusitania and we hope this special cruise will ensure that the tragedy will continue to be remembered for generations to come. It is especially important for us to be in Cobh on 7 May as we stand united with the port that will forever be associated with the tragedy.”
Further marks of respect will be paid at the Lusitania graves in the Old Churchyard outside Cobh prior to a special commemorative service. Two more special moments will be Queen Victoria sounding its whistle at 1410 hours (the moment the torpedo hit Lusitania) and 1428 hours (the moment Lusitania sank).
Lusitania was the first of 20 ships Cunard ships lost in the First World War and these will be remembered in service which will include speeches, blessings and hymns. All passengers on Queen Victoria will be able to attend this service which will last for just over an hour.
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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