Lusitania Deck Chair Cross Section
This specimen is a complete cross section of a supporting cross-member from the Lusitania Deck Chair featured in the Fourth Edition. The item is housed in a glass-topped riker display box measuring 4x3x1 (inches). A small information card will accompany the specimen.
About the Lusitania
Briefly the world’s largest ship, the luxurious R.M.S. Lusitania was also one of the fastest ships of its era. On May 1st, 1915, the Lusitania departed from New York on a voyage to Liverpool with 1,959 passengers aboard. The cargo hold of the Lusitania held passengers as well: 4.2 million rifle rounds, 1,250 shrapnel shell cases, and 18 fuse cases, all destined for the battlefields of the Great War. Though the Royal Navy had promised to escort the Lusitania for part of the journey, the escort never appeared.
The Lusitania entered Irish waters on May 7th, slowing so it could navigate the foggy weather. A nearby German U-boat took advantage of this situation, torpedoing the ship twice and causing the hull to explode. 1,198 passengers and crew drowned, including 128 American citizens, a fact which enraged the American public and later served as a catalyst for U.S. President Woodrow Wilson’s push to enter the war.
This specimen an oak deck chair which once graced the decks of the R.M.S. Lusitania. The chair was among the untold tonnes of flotsam and hundreds of bodies which washed ashore in Cobh, Ireland (known as Queenstown at the time) and was held on public display for decades. It was acquired at auction from Christie’s London office in late 2016.
Please Note: The size of the supporting cross-members varies widely. The size pictured here is roughly 2 cm x 2 cm.