The Lusitania Sinking


Eyewitness Accounts from Survivors

By: Anthony Richards
Supplied by: Pen and Sword

Format: Hardback
Pages: 214
ISBN: 9781784383015
Published: 4th March 2019
RRP / Print Price: £19.99

Current purchase price:
£19.99

The Lusitania Sinking

‘A fascinating, excellently-written reassessment of the sinking of the iconic liner Lusitania using the letters, diaries and memoirs of those who were extremely fortunate to survive. Anthony Richards is at his best in this ground-breaking history.’ - Richard van Emden

'We went up on deck and were looking around when the awful crash came. The ship listed so much that we all scrambled down the deck and for a moment everything was in confusion. I glanced around but could find no trace of Mr Prichard.' - Grace French

The Lusitania sinking is an event that has been predominantly discussed from a political or maritime perspective. For the first time, The Lusitania Sinking tells the story in the emotive framework of a family looking for information on their son’s death.

On 1 May 1915, the 29-year-old student Preston Prichard embarked as a Second Class passenger on the Lusitania, bound from New York for Liverpool. By 2pm on the afternoon of 7 May, the liner was approaching the Irish coast when she was sighted by the German submarine U-20. A single torpedo caused a massive explosion in the Lusitania’s hold, and the ship sank rapidly. Within 20 minutes she disappeared and 1,198 men, women and children, including Preston, died.

Uncertain of Preston’s fate, his family leaped into action. His brother Mostyn, who lived in Ramsgate, travelled to Queenstown to search morgues but could find nothing. Preston’s mother wrote hundreds of letters to survivors to find out more about what might have happened in his last moments. The Lusitania Sinking compiles the responses.

Perhaps sensing his fate, Prichard had put his papers in order before embarking and told a fellow student where to find his will if anything happened to him. During the voyage, he was often seen in the company of Grace French, quoted above. Alice Middleton, who had a crush on him but was too shy to speak to him throughout the entire voyage, remembered that he helped her in reaching the upper decks during the last moments of the sinking:

'[The Lusitania] exploded and down came her funnels, so over I jumped. I had a terrible time in the water bashing about among the wreckage and dead bodies… It was 10.30 before they landed me at the hospital in an unconscious condition. In fact, they piled me with a boat full of dead and it was only when they were carrying the dead bodies to the mortuary they discovered there was still life in me.'

 




Some books that may interest you

Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery
Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery
By: Paul Chapman

Smashing the Atlantic Wall
Smashing the Atlantic Wall
By: Patrick Delaforce

Coastal Command's Air War Against the German U-Boat
Coastal Command's Air War Against the German U-Boat
By: Norman Franks

Despatches from the Crimea
Despatches from the Crimea
By: William Russell
Introduction by: Martin Bell

The Road to Passchendaele
The Road to Passchendaele
By: Richard van Emden

United States Airborne Divisions, 1942-2018
United States Airborne Divisions, 1942-2018
By: Michael Green

Bridging Two Worlds
Bridging Two Worlds
By: Martin Hoffman

At The Eleventh Hour
At The Eleventh Hour
By: Hugh Cecil, Dr Peter Liddle

The British Battleship
The British Battleship
By: Norman Friedman



Quick Find
 
Use keywords to find the book you are looking for.
Advanced Search

Information
Contact Us

Disclosure: Military History books are affiliates of the suppliers on this website and will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase.


123 Reg - Jargon-free products that make it easy for anyone to get their business online.