Posted for completeness, from an old article I posted to what remained of journalism in mid missouri at the time.
Many have linked this event to the Balfour declaration, which was supposedly an agreement between the rothschilds and the UK govt to bring the US into the war on the side of the british, in exchange for britain ceding control of palestine to the rothschilds. At the time, US public opinion was evenly divided between the sides.
Lusitania Wreckage full of Ammunition
Posted May 16, 2009 at 7:44 a.m.
“On May 7, 1915, the RMS Lusitania, jewel of the Cunard Line, was on a New York-to-Liverpool run when it was attacked by a German U-boat 12 miles off the coast of Ireland. At 2:10 p.m., a torpedo plowed into the ship and exploded. Fifteen seconds later, a massive second explosion rocked the ship again. Within a mere 18 minutes, the Lusitania plunged 300 feet to the bottom of the Celtic Sea. Of the 1,959 passengers and crew, 1,198 were lost, including 128 Americans. The tragedy sparked anti-German fervor that eventually drew the United States into World War I. …
The (british) Navy had dispatched a cruiser from nearby Queenstown to undertake a rescue but the ship was mysteriously recalled just as it steamed into view of the survivors. The stricken masses were left frantically waving in disbelief. …
In his hands lie pieces of history: seven gleaming rounds of .303 ammunition, probably made by Remington in America and intended for the British Army. Ammunition that for decades British and American officials said didn’t exist. Yet all around Andrews are mountains of jumbled rifle cartridges that glint like pirate’s treasure in the robot’s light.
Gregg Bemis, the American venture capitalist who planned and paid for this expedition, says if they’re lucky, the dive team could find as many as 4 million bullets.”
The ship was loaded in full view of longshoremen of german descent. When the german embassy received word of this violation of the neutrality agreement, they took out ads in major US cities warning americans not to take the lusitania:
“DISASTER BEARS OUT EMBASSY’S WARNING; German Advertisement Practically Foretold Lusitania’s Fate on Day She Sailed. AND IS REPEATED TODAY Passengers Also Said to Have Received Telegrams — Shipping Men Heard of Threats.
May 8, 1915, Saturday
“That the Germans intended to make an effort to sink the Lusitania had been the common impression in shipping circles for weeks. When the German Embassy advertisement, warning Americans not to go to Europe aboard vessels flying the British flag, was printed last Saturday many professed to see in that warning the promise of an early attempt on the part of German submarines to send the great Cunarder to the bottom.”
Shades of sinking of the maine? Or pearl harbor? Or tonkin gulf? Or 9/11?