Published on Monday, 26th March 2018 - 5:27PM03/26/2018
The National Geographic video "Dark Secrets of the Lusitania" describes the latest archaeological expedition to the Lusitania shipwreck off the coast of Kinsale, Ireland (a Newport sister city). On May 7, 1915, a German submarine attacked the Lusitania, but a second explosion followed the torpedo strike, and the ship sank in 18 minutes with the loss of 1198 lives. This attack was a precipitating event for the US to enter World War I, and the video reviews the historical debate that the Lusitania carried hidden ordnance, a possible cause of the second explosion. Following the viewing, Mr. F. Gregg Bemis, Jr. (the owner of the Lusitania and featured in the video) will answer questions about the expedition.