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Career (United Kingdom)
Name: Lusitania
Owner: Cunard Line
Operator: Cunard Line
Port of registry: Liverpool
Route: Liverpool to New York City Via Cherbourg, France and Cork, Ireland
Builder: John Brown & Co, Clydebank, Scotland
Yard number: 367
Laid down: 17 August 1904
Launched: 7 June 1906
Christened: Mary, Lady Inverclyde
Acquired: 26 August 1907
Maiden voyage: 7 September 1907
In service: 1907–1915
Fate: Torpedoed by German U-boat U-20 on Friday 7 May 1915. Wreck lies approximately 11 mi (18 km) off the Old Head of Kinsale Lighthouse in 300 ft (91 m) of water at 51°25′N 8°33′W / 51.417°N 8.550°W / 51.417; -8.550Coordinates: 51°25′N 8°33′W / 51.417°N 8.550°W / 51.417; -8.550
Status: Partially collapsed wreck
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General characteristics
Type: Ocean liner
Tonnage: 31,550 GRT
Displacement: 44,060 long tons (44,767.0 t)
Length: 787 ft (239.9 m)
Beam: 87 ft (26.5 m)
Height: 60 ft (18.3 m) to boat deck, 165 ft (50.3 m) to aerials
Draught: 33.6 ft (10.2 m)
Decks: 9 passenger decks
Installed power: 25 Scotch boilers; four direct-acting Parsons steam turbines producing 76,000 hp (57 MW)
Propulsion: Four triple blade propellers. (Quadruple blade propellers installed in 1909).
Capacity: 552 first class, 460 second class, 1,186 third class. 2,198 total.
Crew: 850
Notes: First ship of Cunard's four-funnelled grand trio, along with RMS Mauretania and RMS Aquitania

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

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.

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