Online collections – Lusitania and Liverpool’s First World War at sea

6 May 2016 by Ellie

Dry-point etching on paper of RMS Lusitania

1987.306 Lusitania in the Mersey, by W L Wyllie

This time last year, RMS Lusitania was a focus of local, national and international attention as we marked 100 years since the sinking of this famous Cunard ship on 7 May 1915.

In the run up to the centenary, we opened our Lusitania: life, loss, legacy exhibition at Merseyside Maritime Museum, and co-organised a memorial service at Liverpool Parish Church, attended by many relatives of those who were on board during that fateful final voyage.

Each year we hold a commemorative event beside the Lusitania propeller on our quaysides. Tomorrow, Saturday 7 May, on the 101st anniversary, we will gather at 1.45pm to remember those who were affected and to recognise Lusitania’s legacy that lives on through the relatives of the crew and passengers.

Cunard ship advertising poster

1988.251.3 Cunard poster, c. 1907

We are pleased to announce that we are launching our new Lusitania online collection pages highlighting objects linked to the ship, and also the vital role of Liverpool’s merchant ships and seafarers during the First World War. You can find out about objects and archives that feature in our exhibition, but also discover items that are not currently on display. We want to provide greater access to our reserve collections, and so we hope this will provide you with more insight in to the material we hold, helping us to ensure that this important chapter in our history is never forgotten.

It is still a work in progress so you will notice more records and images being added over time. We will also be launching further online collections, highlighting other areas of our diverse and wonderful collections here at Merseyside Maritime Museum.

Watch this space!

Crew group portrait on board Lusitania

Victualling crew on board Lusitania in New York. Courtesy of Norma Ross

  1. Rob Johnston says:

    I’m so upset that I missed the Centenary commemorations. Esp since I now live within walking distance of the Liverpool docks!
    Unfortunately I was just to ill, having been in hospital having transfusions. But I was there in spirit!

    Rob Johnston, Grandson of Hugh Robert Johnston — Quartermaster & at the wheel when torpedoed.

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