WRECK COMMISSIONER'S INQUIRY

REPORT

SHIPPING CASUALTIES.

(LOSS OF THE STEAMSHIP "LUSITANIA.")

REPORT

of a Formal Investigation into the circumstances attending the foundering on the 7th of May, 1915, of the British Steamship "Lusitania," of Liverpool, after being torpedoed off the Old Head of Kinsale, Ireland.

Presented to both Houses of Parliament by Command of His Majesty.


Report on the Loss of the "Lusitania" (s.s.)

THE MERCHANT SHIPPING ACT, 1894 to 1906.

REPORT OF THE COURT.

The Court, having carefully enquired into the circumstances of the above mentioned disaster, finds, that the loss of the said ship and lives was due to damage caused to the said ship by torpedoes fired by a submarine of German nationality whereby the ship sank.

In the opinion of the Court the act was done not merely with the intention of sinking the ship, but also with the intention of destroying the lives of the people on board.

Dated this seventeenth day of July, 1915.

MERSEY,
Wreck Commissioner.

We concur in the above Report,

F.S. INGLEFIELD,
H.J. HEARN,
DAVID DAVIES,
JOHN SPEDDING,
Assessors.


INTRODUCTION

On the 18 th of May, 1915, the Board of Trade required that a Formal Investigation of the circumstances attending the loss of the "Lusitania" should be held, and the Court accordingly commenced to sit on the 15 th of June.

1. THE SHIP

The ship
Lifeboats and life-saving appliances
Captain, officers and crew
The passengers
The cargo
The ship unarmed

2. THE VOYAGE

Departure from New York
Speed of the Ship

3. THE TORPEDOING OF THE SHIP

The torpedoing of the ship
Orders given after the torpedoing
Launching of the lifeboats

4. THE NAVIGATION OF THE SHIP

Navigation of the ship

5. FINDING OF THE COURT

Finding of the Court