The Sinking of the Lusitania (1918)
The Sinking of the Lusitania
Animation / Disaster / Documentary / Silent
This film is an animated illustration of what happened on May of 1915 when the Lusitania sank. It was on its way to Liverpool from the United States with over 2,000 passengers on the ship. Disasters strikes as the ship is getting close to Liverpool when a German U-boat strikes a torpedo to the ship. Another one strikes right after.
The Lusitania was a British cargo and passenger ship that was torpedoed and sank due to German submarine activity in May of 1915, just shy of ten years after she began her trans-Atlantic journeying. The Lusitania's construction began in September of 1904, and she went to sea approximately two years later on June 7, 1906. She was used to ferry goods and people between England and the United States. The Lusitania was very popular because of her speed and luxurious accommodations. She was considered "the acme of comfort," and deemed a "floating palace" by her passengers.
The Sinking of the Lusitania, released in 1918, is an animated short film by American artist Winsor McCay. It features a short 12 minute explanation of the sinking of RMS Lusitania after it was struck by two torpedoes fired from a German U-boat. The film was one of many animated silent films published to create anti-German sentiment during World War I. McCay illustrated some 25,000 drawings for the production. The film is stylized as a documentary, informing viewers on details from the actual event, including a moment by moment recap, casualty list, and a list of prominent figures who were killed.