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Cobh in County Cork, Munster, Ireland — Irish South-West
 

S.S. Lusitania

 
 
Lusitania Peace Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, June 11, 2015
1. Lusitania Peace Memorial Marker
Located on the steps leading up to the Lusitania Peace Memorial
Inscription.
The Cunard Liner, torpedoed and sunk by U Boat U20 off the Cork Coast on 7th May, 1915, With the loss of 1198 lives. Many survivors and dead were brought ashore here. 170 of the victims were buried in the nearby Clonmel (Old Church) Cemetery.

Jerome Connor's Peace Memorial honours the memory of those who helped in the rescue, gave aid & hope to the survivors and buried the dead.
 
Location. 51° 51.022′ N, 8° 17.707′ W. Marker is in Cobh, Munster, in County Cork. Marker is on Strand Road. Click for map.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Annie Moore Statue (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Bishop Roche Park/ Cove Fort (approx. 1.2 kilometers away); Old Church Cemetery (approx. 1.4 kilometers away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Topics in Chronicling America - Sinking of the Lusitania. The Library of Congress presents a curated set of links to contemporary newspaper articles related to the sinking of the Lusitania: Despite published newspaper articles warning against travel on Allied ships, the RMS Lusitania departed from New York on May 1, 1915, bound for Liverpool. As the ship sailed near Ireland on May 7, it was torpedoed by a German U-boat and sank, killing over
New Lusitania Peace Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, June 11, 2015
2. New Lusitania Peace Memorial Marker
Interpretation of the memorial and history in the sinking of the Lusitania.
1,100 people on board. A later British investigation into the incident ruled that the Lusitania was attacked with the intent to kill civilians, as the ship did not carry explosives. Read more about it!
(Submitted on August 6, 2015.) 

2. The Lusitania Resource. (Submitted on August 7, 2015.)
 
Categories. DisastersWar, World IWaterways & Vessels
 
Lusitania Peace Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, June 11, 2015
3. Lusitania Peace Memorial Marker
Another marker with information about the memorial
Lusitania Peace Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, June 11, 2015
4. Lusitania Peace Memorial Marker
Top Reads: To the memory of all who perished by the sinking of the Lusitania May 7 1915 and in the cause of universal and lasting peace Bottom Reads: Laborare est orare They helped in the rescue- gave aid and comfort to the survivors and buried the dead
<i>Lusitania is Torpedoed; All Rescued<i> Headline image. Click for full size.
By Detroit Free Press, May 7, 1915
5. Lusitania is Torpedoed; All Rescued Headline
Sometimes the newspapers got ahead of themselves.
<i>Remember the Lusitania…</i> image. Click for full size.
By David Allen & Sons, Ltd., 1915
6. Remember the Lusitania…
Recruiting poster published by the Parliamentary Recruiting Committee. Image courtesy of the Library of Congress. (Click to enlarge.)
<i>Irishmen - Avenge the Lusitania. Join an Irish Regiment To-day </i> image. Click for full size.
Central Council for the Organisation of Recruiting in Ireland, 1915
7. Irishmen - Avenge the Lusitania. Join an Irish Regiment To-day
Image courtesy of the Library of Congress.
Germans S.S. Lusitania Medallion <i>(Click on image to enlarge.)</i> image. Click for full size.
8. Germans S.S. Lusitania Medallion (Click on image to enlarge.)
The Germans, too, remembered the Lusitania, albeit for different reasons. This postcard presents pictures of the medallion struck by the Germans to commemorate the sinking. On the one side (left), is the legend, "The Grand Steamship Lusitania, sunk by a German U-Boat, 7th of May, 1915". The other side presents a satirical view of rich passengers lining up to buy tickets at the Cunard Line window (being manned by a skeleton), with the slogan above reading "Business Above All".

The sinking of the Lusitania was not completely without warning, as the German government had in April placed ads in American newspapers warning that travellers entering the war zone on ships flying the flags of Great Britain or her allies did so at their own risk. After the sinking, the Germans justified the sinking by noting that the ship had munitions as cargo, and that the ship in previous war-time trips carried troops and munitions to Britain. Subsequent investigations have also revealed that large amounts of munitions were indeed being transported.
<i>S.S. Lusitania</i> image. Click for full size.
9. S.S. Lusitania
...Lusitania was carrying a great number of Americans and women and children as well as war materiel for the British Army. The sinking of the Lusitania and resulting deaths of civilians and neutral nationals aboard the ship is considered one of the first modern examples of “total war” and a turning point in World War I. The nature of the explosions that sank the ship and the politics surrounding her demise remain controversial topics. - The Lusitania Resource
 
 
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