I have just come across this article which I found on the web by Keith Allen (http://www.gwpda.org/naval/lusika00.htm)which seems to me to be the first really constructive and intelligent resume of the 'facts'. The Lusitania was NOT carrying high explosives and neither was she carrying guns (mounted or otherwise). If so they would have to have been installed whilst my grandfather was in command and he would never have agreed to serve as Master if they had. Finally, the whole idea that not only Churchill but the whole of the Admiralty would have even considered a conspiracy to 'arrange' for the Lusitania sinking is preposterous. I cannot make up my mind whether or not Simpson was trying to make a cheap political point by discrediting Churchill or whether he just became obsessed with information which he failed to check. Unfortunately too many people still think he was right and some subsequent authors accepted some of his evidence without checking for themselves. After all it's more interesting to think there was a conspiracy rather than just an unfortunate event in time of war. Perhaps interested persons could read what Allen has said and come back to this thread.