51"l x 20"h x 4"w (base: 29"l x 4"w)
"The Lusitania was one of a number of pre-World War I Ocean Liners built with loans from the British government. At the time she was launched she was the largest liner afloat. As we know now, many of the great liners were really headed for a dark end, and the Lusitania was one of them.
On the May 1, 1915 Lusitania left New York. On May 7 with the coast of Ireland in sight, German U-boat U-20 torpedoed Lusitania. She sank in 18 minutes taking 1,195 lives - 123 of them American. Although America did not immediately declare war on Germany, that would occur in April 1917, her sinking contributed to the mood that turned the tide of American public opinion against Germany and led the United States to join the Allied cause in WWI."
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