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Events leading up to the sinking of the Lusitania
8 months ago
Lusitania makes her fastest westbound crossing, (averaging 25.85 knots)
Britain declares war against Germany after Germany invades Belgium.
Germany declares all waters around Great Britain and Ireland a war zone.
British Admiralty issues orders for British merchant ships to ram German submarines on sight.
Captain William Thomas Turner is selected as LUSITANIA'S new Captain
Germany issues warning to its embassy in America, telling Americans not to sail on British ships or risk being attacked.
U-20 submarine departs from Germany, commanded by Walther Schwieger
Lusitania sails out of New York for the last time.
U-20 torpedoes and sinks Lusitania off the coast of Ireland.
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