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'Lusitania' discoveries to shed light on sinking

Published 24/08/2011 | 05:00

DIVERS hope that instruments from the wreck of the 'Lusitania' will reveal the dramatic final moments of the torpedoed ship.

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A bronze telemotor and a telegraph instrument were among the artefacts recovered and sent for examination to archaelogist Laurence Dunne in Tralee.

They were the equivalent of "black box" technology for the ship, which was torpedoed and sunk off the Co Cork coast in 1915 with the loss of 1,198 lives.

The current dive team has been assembled by 'National Geographic' magazine which is making a documentary on the expedition due for screening in May 2012.

Chief diver Eoin McGarry said: "We recovered some significant objects from the bridge area of the deck, including a telemotor and also a telegraph which would indicate the last state of the engines in the last minutes of the sinking.

"The items belong to (US multi-millionaire) Greg Bemis and he has said that he will probably donate them to Irish museums. They are in very good condition as they are non-ferrous metals, despite spending 96 years under water," Mr McGarry added.

Irish Independent

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