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Facsimile Sketches by a Survivor of the "Lusitania"

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ii C <, . . . . . . . > ‘. L . … …… THE END OF THE CATASTROPHE : ONLY THE FUNNELS AND MASTS OF THE GREAT LINER ABOVE WATERNt) AS THE LAST BOAT LEAVES. i~ ~~ ~ :·! …. . . ……………. … …..


The sketches here reproduced in facsimile are of unique interest as being the work of probably the only man living able to draw them from his own first-hand experience. They are the work of Mr. Oliver P. Bernard, the well-known resident scenic artist of Covent Garden Opera, who happened to be among the saloon passengers on board the ill-fated ” Lusitania,” and, although unable to swim, had the good fortune to be saved. In these very vivid sketches he has reproduced the impressions of the great catastrophe as they struck his eye. He was one of the few people who were on deck (he had


come up early from lunch) and actually saw the periscope of the German submarine, the track of the torpedo as it sped towards its mark, and the effect of the explosion on the liner. This he has illustrated in the upper sketch on this page. The lower one shows the liner’s funnels just before she went under. One woman who was saved, it is said, had the extraordinary experience of being carried down one of the funnels in the water and then shot out again by the force of the steam generated when the water reached the furnaces.-[Drau’ing, Cpvright, in th Umikd Sti nti eSd (‘ CruJa.]


FACSIMILE SKETCHES BY A SURVIVOR OF THE ” LUSITANIA.” Drei WN SPECIAI.I.Y FOR “THE ILLUSTRATED LONDON NEWS” BY MR. OLIVER P. BERNARD, THE WELL-KNOWN SCENIC ARTIST, WHO WAS SAVED FROM THE “LUSITANIA.”


A COWARDLY STAB IN THE SIDE BY AN UNSEEN ASSASSIN: THE “LUSITANIA” STRUCK BY THE GERMAN SUBMARINE’S TORPEDO.


ii s-irs %-/- 0>~~~~ I SI~OJ I’),_ r a~ti. is THE LAST BOAT LEAVING THE STARBOARD SIDE OF THE SINKING LINEN, AND JUST MISSING A FUNNEL: ` 1 r THE END OF THE “LUSITANIA.’


— – -. , .” i )- j AFTER THE GIANT CUNARDER HAD DISAPPEARED BENEATH THE SURFACE: THE VORTEX CAUSED AS THE “LUSITANIA” WENT UNDER.


As mentioned on another page of drawings by the same hand, these facsimile sketches of the last moments of the doomed ” Lusitania ” are unique in that they are the work of an’artist who saw with his own eyes the tragic scenes of which he has here given his impressions. As resident scenic artist at Covent Garden, Mr. Oliver P. Bernard is peculiarly well qualified to render such impressions in a vivid and dramatic manner ; while the fact that he was on board the lost liner and was among the passengers saved enabled him to add to these qualities in his drawings that of ebsolute authenticity. In


describing his experiences he mentions that the torpedo appeared to him to enter the ” Lusitania’s ” side just about under the entrance to the saloon. Within about eighteen minutes of the torpedo striking her, he says, the proud Cunarder had disappeared beneath the surface of the sea. Where she had been there was left nothing but a mass of wreckage floating, and numbers of people struggling frantically in the water. The boat in which he himself escaped had a narrow risk of being crushed by one of the funnels as the ship lurched over. -[Drawengs Copyrighted in the Unied States and Cuanada.



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