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Disaster at Sea

 
 
Disaster at Sea Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, May 1, 2021
1. Disaster at Sea Marker
Inscription.  On May 7, 1915, the Cunard Line's Lusitania - among the fastest and most luxurious ocean liners ever built at the time - departed for Europe from Pier 54. Torpedoed by a U-boat off the southeastern coast of Ireland, it sank in 18 minutes and 1,198 people perished within sight of land. This event, including the loss of many American lives, became a catalyst for the United States eventually entering the First World War in 1917.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: DisastersWar, World IWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical date for this entry is May 7, 1915.
 
Location. 40° 44.494′ N, 74° 0.555′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker can be reached from Hudson River Greenway. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: New York NY 10014, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Changing Shoreline (within shouting distance of this marker); High Line (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); James Baldwin (approx. 0.2 miles away); Jane Street (approx. ¼ mile away); 82 Jane Street (approx.
Disaster at Sea Marker - wide view image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, May 1, 2021
2. Disaster at Sea Marker - wide view
The marker is visible here, embedded in the pavement, just to the right of the woman in the red sweater.
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¼ mile away); Corporal John A. Seravalli Playground (approx. 0.3 miles away); Cpl. John A. Seravalli Memorial Playground (approx. 0.3 miles away); Mercier (Merce) Philip Cunningham (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
 
More about this marker. The marker is embedded at ground level, and is just south of the entrance to Little Island, and just a little north of the location for Pier 54.
 
Regarding Disaster at Sea. Contrary to what is indicated on the marker, the ship departed from Pier 54 on May 1, not May 7, 1915. The ship, however, was torpedoed and sank on May 7, 1915.
 
Also see . . .  Sinking of the RMS Lusitania (Wikipedia). "The sinking of the Cunard ocean liner RMS Lusitania occurred on Friday, 7 May 1915 during the First World War, as Germany waged submarine warfare against the United Kingdom which had implemented a naval blockade of Germany. The ship was identified and torpedoed by the German U-boat U-20, took on a heavy starboard list, and sank in 18 minutes. The vessel went down 11 miles (18 km) off the Old Head of Kinsale, Ireland, killing 1,198 and leaving 761 survivors. The sinking turned public opinion in many countries against Germany, contributed to the American entry into World War I two years later and became an iconic symbol in military
<i>R.M.S. Lusitania, hit by torpedos off Kinsale Head, Ireland</i> image. Click for full size.
courtesy of the Library of Congress, circa 1915
3. R.M.S. Lusitania, hit by torpedos off Kinsale Head, Ireland
"...drawing, made for the New York Herald and the London Sphere, shows the R.M.S. Lusitania as a second torpedo hits behind a gaping hole in the hull."
recruiting campaigns of why the war was being fought." (Submitted on May 10, 2021.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 10, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 9, 2021, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 43 times since then. Last updated on May 10, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 9, 2021, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.   3. submitted on May 10, 2021, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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