The Last Crossing Of The Lusitania Analysis

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Dead Wake:: The Last Crossing Of The Lusitania. The real question is. Did it have to be the last crossing? Erik Larson claims that the Lusitania’s downfall was due to a series of events, or a “chance confluence of forces.” I believe this to be true. Larson not only blames the sinking of this ship upon the submarine that sunk the ship, but also he spies who withheld information about another safe route the ship could have used. Another claim was that because the cruiser had to take on passengers from another ship, The Cameronia, the ship was then delayed for about two days, and could not continue on the original course time, so you could say they ended up in the wrong place at the wrong time. Another major problem on this ship was that the workers were not fully executing the drills they were instructed to do on a daily basis, and not instructing the passengers to learn the procedure either. On page 208, it states, “ Passengers had been instructed to keep their…show more content…
Also, on page 220 it talks about Booth not Feeling empowered to send a warning or any other command directly to Turner. If he had done this it might have saved the lives lost on the Lusitania. There were other things wrong, like the contradicting messages that the Lusitania received, but the ship decided to go onward. Turner had another problem, by opening himself up to the U boats by circling out in the sea, while waiting for high tide so he could cross into the Mersey Bar. On page 242, when people started exclaiming “torpedo,” it also talks about Turner not having enough time and enough knowledge about avoiding torpedoes, it might 've saved the whole ship and maybe could 've avoided the torpedo entirely. In Larson’s book, Dead Wake, there were a lot of things that if only did or did not happen, then the Lusitania wouldn 't have met its final
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