Friday, February 18, 2011

Tenuous Yet Strange Cleveland-Lusitania Connection

Friday, May 7th, 1915: the R.M.S. Lusitania (above) was, torpedoed by a German submarine off the coast of Ireland.

This disaster -- a war crime debated over by historians until the present day -- affected people across Britain, Ireland, the U.S.A. and around the world.

Saturday, 8 May 1915: the Plain Dealer newspaper sought to represent just how big the ocean liner was, with a graphic:

The graphic showed the Lusitania against the Great Pyramid of Cheops, a veritable ship of the desert. Superimposed on the pyramid for scale is Cleveland's Williamson Building, an early Cleveland skyscraper which once loomed over Public Square. The Williamson (below) was torpedoed by a German submarine was demolished in 1962.