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Lusitania Memorial service

Museum marks loss of liner on Saturday 7 May 2016

A service marking the 101st anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania will take place alongside the ship’s salvaged propeller on Saturday 7 May 2016.

The Cunard luxury liner was torpedoed with the loss of 1,191 lives in one of the most horrific incidents at sea during the First World War. Only 771 people survived. At the time, Lusitania was the most famous ship in the world*.

Each May Merseyside Maritime Museum, in partnership with Liverpool Parish Church, holds a commemoration of the disaster. Museum staff and families lay floral tributes to remember those men, women and children who perished.

Public are invited to attend the event on Saturday 7 May which starts at 1.45pm.

The service usually takes around 20 minutes, including a minute’s silence at 2.10pm, at the propeller of Lusitania situated on the dockside between Merseyside Maritime Museum and Museum of Liverpool. Pedestrian access between the Pier Head and the quayside by the Albert Dock is currently to the rear of the Museum of Liverpool, via the Riverside Walkway, due to construction work by the Museum of Liverpool. Please allow extra time to walk to the service, or travel via The Strand.

This year’s service will include a welcome by The Revd Dr Crispin Pailing, Rector of Liverpool, an introduction by Ian Murphy, a personal testimony of the tragedy read by Eleanor Moffat, a contribution from a relative about the legacy of the sinking, followed by the Act of Remembrance led by The Revd David Baverstock.

Ian Murphy, Deputy Director, Merseyside Maritime Museum, said:

“We work closely with families affected by the tragic loss of the Lusitania and the anniversary is always a poignant time. This is a significant chapter in Liverpool’s history. We want to invite people to come along and join us in paying their respects”.

On 27 March 2015, Merseyside Maritime Museum opened a brand new exhibition, Lusitania: life, loss, legacy, commemorating the sinking and telling the story of the city’s most loved ship and the passengers and crew who sailed aboard her on the tragic last voyage, ahead of the centenary of the sinking.

As many as 600 people aboard Lusitania had connections with Liverpool, Wirral and the wider region.

The exhibition includes an interactive resource, ‘People of the Lusitania’, which visitors can search for unique information about the passengers and crew on board the Lusitania during her final voyage, as researched by historian Peter Kelly. This is also free to access online: www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/lusitaniapeople

* Further research by historian Peter Kelly changed the information and data about the number of people who sailed, survived and were lost on the final voyage of the Lusitania. For that reason, figures in this press release may vary from previous official figures taken from Cunard’s official list of crew published by The Cunard Steam Ship Company in March 1915 and list of passengers lost and saved published by The Cunard Steam Ship Company in March 1916.

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