Exploring the Lusitania: Probing the Mysteries of the Sinking That Changed History

Exploring the Lusitania: Probing the Mysteries of the Sinking That Changed History

by Robert D. Ballard, Spencer Dunmore

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ISBN-13: 9780446518512
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 09/15/1995
Pages: 227
Product dimensions: 8.92(w) x 11.33(h) x 0.93(d)

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Exploring the Lusitania: Probing the Mysteries of the Sinking That Changed History 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
fourbears on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I guess that's the book I read. Large format picture book that focuses on history of the Lusitania episode as well as the discovery and investigation of the wreck. The book I read was called Robert Ballard's Lusitania, but had the same author. History was more interesting than the exploration of the wreck in this case.
cfk on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book provides solid background, historical and personal, and puts to rest the conspiracy theories associated with the torpedoing and sinking of the Lusitania in 1915. There were ample warnings that the ship would be the target of German subs on its return journey to England, all of which were ignored.Ballard sets out to prove that three essential elements were involved. One, German warfare changed the rules of traditional warfare, the Captain refused to accept that possibility and ignored all warnings and procedural changes, and the torpedo struck a technical weakness in the ship.Prior to this event, all nations were expected to avoid striking non-combatants, such as unarmed ships. The Captain made decisions based more upon the comfort of his ship's elite than upon wartime realities--zigzagging would be too unsettling and time consuming and speed, one of the ship's greatest assets, was less important than reaching port at the right time. Finally, no one allowed for the accumulation of coal dust in her nearly empty bunkers, which would combine with oxygen and a spark when the torpedo ripped into the hull.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Robert Ballard once again did a fabulous job on the exploration of a ship. He fully explains in detail and in photos. With the help of Ken Marshall, he brings the ship alive. Lack of ship deck plans which i think are important to explain facts and myths and to show the complexity of the ship.