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The Lost Liner: The Floating Hotel-Palace Sunk by the Germans

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THE MAIN ENTRANCE HALL AND A LIFT OF THE “LUSITANIA.”


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In these days of largeness and luxury, the word ” palatial ” has become almost a common- place, yet in the case. of the superb Cunarder which the enemy torpedoed off Old Kinsale Head, no other term would seem applicable. A floating palace, mainly for millionaires, it might have been called, but its capacity was so vast that the attack upon the vessel involved death to nearly twelve hundred men, women, and children ; and, with the crew, when every berth was filled, it carried over three thousand souls. The number on board at the time of the tragedy was 9go6. The ” Lusitania ” cost £z,z5o,ooo to buid, and


each voyage to New York and back cost ‘2o,ooo. The equipment of the vessel was faultless in every detail. Every conceivable luxurious necessity was afforded-baths of every kind, electric lighting and other facilities, billiards, and all sorts of amusements, and salons equipped not only without regard to cost, but with cultivated taste. The ” Lusitania ” was, in simple fact, a floating palace-hotel, absolutely up-to-date, and literally built ” regardless of expense,” in order to cater faultlessly to the demands and tastes of the luury-loving classes, and, now-it is at the bottom of the sea. “The pity of it I ”



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