It’s a poignant tribute to one of history’s most devastating maritime tragedies.
The Lusitania Museum and Old Head Signal Tower in Kinsale will host an evening lecture this Culture Night, Friday, September 22nd at 7pm, with some fascinating artefacts from the ship.
On May 7th, 1915 the Cunard liner was en route from New York to Liverpool with 1,959 people on board when she was struck by a torpedo from a German submarine U20 about ten miles off the Old Head.
Once damaged, the Lusitania quickly listed to one side, making it difficult for the crew to launch lifeboats. Tragically, 1,198 passengers died, and many of them were never recovered.
The Lusitania Story: Recalling the Human Tragedy through Artefacts & Memorabilia will talk history buffs through an array of meticulously curated artefacts and memorabilia, a somber yet enlightening journey into the lives affected by the tragic event.
“The sinking of RMS Lusitania is often discussed in terms of its wartime significance and political controversies, but at the core of this act of war are the stories of 1,959 passengers and crew.” said a museum spokesperson.
“Using Lusitania artefacts and memorabilia to personify this event of global significance, manager of the Lusitania Museum & Old Head Signal Tower, Shannon Forde, will explore their remarkable stories.
“This event will showcase items currently not on exhibit, such as plates and cutlery recovered from the Lusitania wreckage.”
This event is free to attend but booking is advised. Contact 021 419 1285 or firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot in the audience.