Last Voyage, 1915: Rendevous with Destiny
May 1, 1915: the British passenger liner HMS Lusitania leaves New York Harbor bound for Liverpool, England. She will never reach her destination. The luxury ship is sunk by a German submarine off the coast of Ireland, and 1,198 of her passengers and crew parish. One hundred thirty-eight of the victims are American citizens. The sinking brings America to the brink of war with Germany. However, Germany’s abandonment of her policy of unrestricted submarine warfare convinces the US not to retaliate. When Germany revives her campaign of unrestricted submarine warfare two years later, America declares war. Learn More.