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2 thoughts on “Was There a Cover-Up After the Sinking of the ‘Lusitania’?

  • A Colebrook

    Read your interesting National Geographic article on the sinking of the Lusitania and wanted to mention that my husband’s grandfather was a passenger on the ship and like the captain, remained on the doomed vessel till the end, donned a life belt and slipped into the frigid water as the ship sank, after helping to save many, including young children (his account). He fortunately survived two hours in what undoubtedly would have been extremely cold water. We do have some memorabilia of the event………. London Illustrated News, a postcard from the Lusitania and a letter posted from London a few days after the ordeal, describing in brief detail what had happened.

    There has been speculation that a secondary explosion was caused by coal dust igniting in the almost empty bins rather than a second torpedo. Also there were rumours that war supplies stowed in cargo contributed to a further explosion. I do not know if any of this has been proven to be true, or if there were a coverup regarding the transport of munitions.

  • sworrall Post author

    Dear Anthea – thanks so much for getting in touch. And what a fascinating story that is. Your husband’s grandfather must have had an amazing story to tell. And it’s s credit to him that he remained on the ship to there last. I don’t think we will ever know the precise circumstances of there sinking of the ship: whether there were armaments on board, whether, indeed, a secondary explosion was caused by coal dust. The activities of Room 40 were so shrouded in secrecy that it is hard to separate fact from fiction. Thanks again for getting in touch. Simon