RMS Lusitania was an ocean liner owned by the Cunard Line and built by John Brown and Company of Clydebank, Scotland. She was torpedoed by German U-boat U-20 on 7 May 1915 and sank in eighteen minutes, eight miles (15 km) off the Old Head of Kinsale, Ireland, killing 1,198 of the 1,959 people aboard. The sinking turned public opinion in many countries against Germany, and was instrumental in bringing the United States into World War I. The sinking of the Lusitania was a coup for anti-German sentiment and caused great controversy.(source)
The sinking of the Lusitania was devastating and angering news to the world, especially to the U.S. citizens. It was a British cruise ship that held 128 Americans. There were 1,200 total people on the ship. It was sunk by a German U-boat off the coast of Ireland on Friday, May 7, 1915.
It was a mystery because it sunk in 15 minutes and was such a massive ship. It was later discovered that there was large amounts of artillery which completely and rapidly sunk the ship when they went off.
The Royal Merchant Ship Lusitania was an early 20th century British ocean liner that gracefully plied the North Atlantic between Liverpool and New York City one time each month until it was mortally struck by a German submarine torpedo off the southern coast of Ireland on Friday, May 7, 1915. The majestic Lusitania listed heavily to starboard and sank in only eighteen minutes in about 300 feet of water. Nearly 1,200 men, women, and children perished in the disaster, including 128 Americans. The sinking of the Lusitania, according to Arthur S. Link, had a “more jolting effect upon American opinion than any other single event of the World War.” The sinking convinced many Americans that Imperial Germany had “run amuck and was now an outlaw among civilized nations.”