A very rare animated movie of the sinking of the passenger liner Lusitania in 1915

This is believed to be the first recorded animated movie in history

About the Lusitania:

The sinking of the Lusitania is widely regarded as the catalyst for the United States to enter into World War 1 in the war against Germany. This is one of the reasons that I have created this blog because I feel that the sinking of the Lusitania is an important part of global history. I will quote an extract from an online article that sheds a little more light on the Lusitania. 1,119 of the 1,924 aboard died that day.


“The Lusitania made her maiden voyage from Liverpool to New York in September 1907. Construction had begun in 1903 with the goal of building the fastest liner afloat. Her engines produced 68,000-horse power and pushed the giant through the water at an average speed over 25 knots. Dubbed the “Greyhound of the Seas” she soon captured the Blue Ribbon for the fastest Atlantic crossing…

…On May 7 1915, the ship neared the coast of Ireland. At 2:10 in the afternoon a torpedo fired by the German submarine U 20 slammed into her side. A mysterious second explosion ripped the liner apart. Chaos reigned. The ship listed so badly and quickly that lifeboats crashed into passengers crowded on deck, or dumped their loads into the water. Most passengers never had a chance. Within 18 minutes the giant ship slipped beneath the sea. One thousand one hundred nineteen of the 1,924 aboard died. The dead included 114 Americans.”

Below is the article cited above:


Below is the animated movie:

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