Letter from the Lusitania 1914
Another world event of this era was the sinking
of the RMS Lusitania, a ship of the British Cunard Lines.
The ship was torpedoed and sunk by a German U-Boat on May
7, 1915. The incident played a role in the United States’
entry into World War I. While 764 persons were rescued,
a total of 1,195 perished in the disaster, including Alfred
Gwynne Vanderbilt, SPS 1895. The letter above was sent to
Dr. Drury from Charles S. Knox and was written aboard the
Lusitania on Sept. 17, 1914.