Book review-‘RMS ‘Lusitania’: It Wasn’t & it Didn’t’ by M. Martin
Over the years a veritable plethora of books has been published, covering just about every conceivable aspect of the birth, life and death of this icon of maritime history. The elegance, the conspiracies and the darker side of the ship’s operation while under the so-called control of the Admiralty have all been dealt with in their various narrative and illustrative forms.
With the centenary of Lusitania‘s loss, it is no surprise therefore to find emerging some further revelations and speculations concerning the vessel.
This subject of this rather small publication with the seemingly obscure title focuses on the perspectives of the Irish, specifically those of the port of Queenstown (now Cobh) and covering the period during and after the vessel’s sinking. Specifics include the author’s views on the historic location at Queenstown as a Royal Navy base reinforced during 1914 as a means of supporting the UK government’s strategy of establishing a blockade of all shipping engaged in trading with Germany. He goes on to comment on Germany’s retaliation policy of declaring an exclusion zone covering all vessels of flag nation allies and neutrals trading with them…