The Lusitania is and always will be remembered in Liverpool, the reason is it belonged to Liverpool built for the Cunard Line, and crewed by many Liverpool men and women, and it is the Liverpool families who hold the memory of the Lusitania close to their hearts for the terrible event which to place on 7th May 1915, when the Grand Lady was torpedoed.
This section is to take a look back at the liner that ruled the waves from its creation to the fateful day when it was lost. There are many books and web pages dedicated to the Lusitania which are all excellent points of research also the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website lists the casualties who were lost on the Lusitania and this can be searched at their website www.cwgc.org
The contract to build the Lusitania was awarded to John Brown & Co, Ltd, Clydebank, during the construct of the ship the company was photographing the progress.
Charles Dickens was born on the 7th February 1812. His first visit to Liverpool took place in 1838, Dickens became a regular visitor until April 1869, which was his last lecture in Liverpool.
Charles Dickens first novel Pickwick Papers was serialised between 1836 - 1837, in November 1838 he made his first visit to Liverpool. During a trip to North Wales, with Hablot K. Browne who had planned to visit his son Edgar Browne who lived in Rodney Street, Liverpool, Dickens wrote a letter dated 3rd November 1838 to his colleague and friend John Forster, he wrote:
"I wrote you last night but by mistake the letter has gone to heavens knows where in my portmanteau. I have only time to say go straight to Liverpool by the first Birmingham train on Monday morning, and at the Adelphi Hotel in that town you will find me."
Dickens was aged 26 and this was his first known visit to Liverpool.
Charles Dickens next visit to Liverpool was January 1842, it was during a planned visit to Boston, America, on the Cunard steamer 'The Britannia' that he arrived in Liverpool the day before the sailing. He stayed once again at the Adelphi Hotel.
On the eve of their 18 day voyage he wrote to his friend Thomas Mitton, letter dated 3rd January 1842.
During WWII, Liverpool suffered a number of devastating bombings on the city, in fact it was the most bombed city outside of LOndon during the war due to it being a major port at the time.
A photo of Liverpool and the devastation looking from the Queen Victoria Statue down Lord Street, May 1941.
Here is the official account of the Chief Constables Report, showing the time and date of Air Raid, type of bomb, location, and damage.
The pupil was Paul McCartney aged 10 years old, unknown to the young Paul and his family, his teacher sent his essay into the library competition and it won the under 11 category. Paul was awarded a book token for his efforts.
15th April 1912, was the date the Titanic struck an iceberg and sank. The sinking of the Titanic touched people from all around the world inspiring many to write books, films, musical about the ship, as well as opening museums and hotels in tribute.
The ship was built in Belfast and set off on her maiden and fatal voyage from the city of Southampton.
This article looks into the history of the great ship Titanic, and the connections she had to the City of Liverpool.