Saturday 16 December 2017

Sombre recreation of Lusitania's funeral procession

Lusitania March
Lusitania March
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

Ceremonies marking the centenary of the sinking of the RMS Lusitania culminated with a poignant recreation of the original funeral procession for the victims in Cobh.

The funerals, staged on May 10, 1915, resulted in 145 victims being buried in a mass grave with the resultant photograph becoming one of the most iconic of World War I.

Hundreds braved the inclement weather, many wearing full period costume, to recreate the funeral procession in the Cork harbour town yesterday, which included horse-drawn carriages.

RMS Lusitania sank some 18km off the Cork coast on May 7, 1915, after being struck by a single torpedo from a German submarine, which was named the U-20.

A total of 1,198 people died with just over 700 being saved.

A heritage order has been placed on the wreck of the Lusitania.

Irish Independent

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