Thames, Trade, Jack Tars & Torpedoes (special Lusitania commemoration)

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Date(s) - 09/05/2015
10:30 am - 12:15 pm

Embankment Tube station (Thames river exit)


Thames - Tower Bridge and HMS Belfast
(River Thames, Tower Bridge, WW2’s HMS Belfast)

Commemorate the sinking of RMS Lusitania exactly a century ago – a tragic milestone in the increasingly shrill propaganda battle – by taking a walk beside our river looking into London’s port and the war at sea.

On 7 May 1915, the famous British vessel RMS Lusitania was sunk by torpedoes fired from a German U-boat off the coast of Ireland on its way to Liverpool from New York, resulting in great loss of life. Find out about the causes, consequences and controversy surrounding this fateful event a century ago.

This walk led by Blue Badge guide, Mark King also explores how our island nation prepared for war and the crucial role expected to be played by the ‘Senior Service’ (Royal Navy).  Looking at London’s mighty river,  discover the war’s dramatic impact on this port‘s vital, global trade routes, and the brave contribution of sailors in the navy, merchant marine and fisheries fleet.

Find one of only three Great War military ships remaining in British waters, hear about submariners, Master Mariners, ‘ships of the desert’ and discover what makes ‘Cleopatra’s Needle’ look slightly bashed about even today.

Meet at Embankment Tube station, Thames Embankment exit. End near Blackfriars station.



HMS President in dazzle camouflage (
HMS President in dazzle camouflage (

Submariners' memorial
Submariners’ memorial

FWW Centenary logo



(Main photo credit: Wikipedia)


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