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The Sinking of the SS Tuscania

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  • Roy Muncaster (1890 - d.)
  • George B. Okeson (c.1890 - 1925)
    Birth: Mar. 19, 1890 Death: Jan. 22, 1925 HIAWATHA DAILY WORLD - MONDAY, FEB 11, 1918 GEORGE OKESON AMONG THE SAVED - - - Sunday Sam Okeson, of Fairview, received a message giving the official in...
  • Pvt Robert Perry Easterbrook, 18 CO 20 Engineers (1893 - 1963)
    Robert Easterbrook was a WWI Veteran, He was also a survivor of the doomed troopship "SS Tuscania" which was torpedoed in the evening of Feb. 5, 1918 off the coast of Ireland. Robert was buried in the ...

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This project aims to identify the victims and survivors of the sinkning of the SS Tuscania.

Overview

The Gilded Age, whose time has come and gone. This was a time when society was divided by the rich and the poor. This was an age known for great Transatlantic Ocean Liners. An era that came to an end shortly after Word War I. The Titanic, the Lusitania, and the Tuscania were some of the famous lost Liners during this era. The Tuscania was a luxury Ocean liner that was converted to a Troopship. It had a British registry, and crew, and was owned by the Cunard Steam Ship Company and managed by the Anchor Line.

On the evening of February 5th, 1918, a German U-boat sent the Tuscania to the bottom of the North Channel Sea. On its final voyage, the passengers aboard this vessel, consisted of a large contingent of American Army soldiers. This was a story that shocked America, for it was the first time since the American Civil War, that Americans had felt the loss of mass casualties on such a large scale. The Tuscania Survivors Association was the third such Association to be formed in America, the Titanic being the first, and Lusitania being the second.

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1915 Maiden Voyage 1918 Final Voyage 1920 Monument on Islay 1921 Survivors Association 1933 Wilhelm Meyer visit 1980 Tuscania Wreck sold 1980 Truman - Mt. St. Helens 1982 Survivors Assoc. Ends 1986 William S. Prince Book 1996 Discovering Tuscania 1996 SS Tuscania Website 2001 Edwin Clark Lewis last Survivor 2007 Last US - WWI combat soldier 2008 Feb. 5th - 90th Anniversary