RMS Lusitania

British ocean liner that a German submarine sank in World War I. Sister ship of the Cunard liners RMS Mauretania and RMS Aquitania.

The RMS Lusitania[1] was a British cruise-liner. The ship is best known for being sunk by Germany.[2]

The RMS Lusitania c. 1910 in New York

Many believe the Lusitania was carrying ammunition to British troops when it was torpedoed by a German U-Boat early during World War I.[3]

There were 128 Americans on board. They were killed when the ship sank. At first President Woodrow Wilson only asked the German government to apologize and compensate the families of the victims.

Two years later, this and other events led to the United States joining World War I on the Allied side.[4]


  1. RMS is an acronym. RMS stands for Royal Mail Ship or Steamer. RMS is a ship prefix for vessels that carry mail under contract to the British Royal Mail.
  2. AwesomeStories.com, Lusitania Sinking, "Lusitania"; retrieved 2012-8-21.
  3. AwesomeStories.com, Lusitania Sinking, "Ammunition on board?"; retrieved 2012-8-21.
  4. AwesomeStories.com, Lusitania Sinking, "The War Effort"; retrieved 2012-8-21.

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