The ripping tale of the Lusitania cushion

4 May 2007 by Sam

brown patterned cushion with repaired corner

Monday is the 92nd anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania, one of the most horrific incidents at sea during the First World War.

You can see some poignant reminders of the ship in Merseyside Maritime Museum’s recently revamped gallery, Titanic, Lusitania and the Forgotten Empress, including an unusual survivor from first class – the sofa cushion pictured opposite. Able Seaman Henry Grew spotted the cushion during search and rescue operations. He got hold of it with his boat hook but it ripped when he lifted it out of the water. You can see where the tear was repaired in this photo.

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