Real-Time Lusitania Sinking

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Hey all i started thinking again (sadly when i start thinking i dont stop :p) and i think its possible for me to animate a real time Lusitania (and possibly Empress) sinking due to how well the final 20 min of the Titanic went. However if im going to do this im going to need some help from people. I think the first two are 1) If anyone knows where to get one or possibly wouldn't mind sharing a semi decent model of the Lusitania that be great (il look around for on too) 2) if people could help share any info/resources on the best guess on the angles of the ship ect or when she hit the bottom that be swell too. I think this is quite possible due to the Lusitania is less complex of a sinking than the Titanic. Any help is much appreciated!
 

Kyle Naber

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I assume she sank almost exactly like the Britannic, except none of the funnels failed, there was a (probably boiler) explosion after the initial hit, and she sank much faster.
 
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Whats interesting with the Lusitania is that George H. who was six watched the ship get hit and sank from the Irish cost and remembered it quite well, he said "and gradually the bows went down, and as the bow went down the stern came up. And as the stern came up her propellers came clear and she was quite clear of the water. Then she seemed to pause and as if just on a slide she slowly slid beneath the waves quite dramatically, the sea was boiling and the liner disappeared." Im going to guess that the "pause" was the ship striking the bottom much like the Britannic, except the starboard list was much more extreme from the start. Il most likely reference "Dead Wake" (excellent book) and maybe a little of murder of the Atlantic. Certainly not the final plunge as the ship was only 300 feet of water and i dont think it could have gone vertical
 
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Was thinking i will base the sinking off these photos below. Im assuming Kens final plunge painting is after the bow hit the bottom and it was "flattening" to a even keel as the stern filled with water. Any opinions are great! I will try and also use the wreck paintings to try and guess what happened but as you can see it will be difficult to do. On a side note does anyone know why the stern of the wreck is well just a mess? i know the Irish government used it for depth charge practice during the war but she was in such poor shape by 93
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Finally cracked the texture error, over the next few weeks il work on the model and the Titanic real-time sinking
 
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I will see if i can animate the sea somewhat. iv never dine that before (animation water sucks) but it might be possible. At the very least i will get a better water texture
 

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I assume the animation of the sinking itself will be much easier than Titanic as the whole of the ship was mostly unaffected on the surface (no splitting or falling funnels).
 
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Should in theory. Im going to try and do some more dynamic animations in the sinking as i think i can do it. This will most likely take a few weeks but this im almost certain should be done for the anniversary (Maybe Empress too? as that is even quicker but i want to master lighting for that one)

On a side note does anyone know where a decent Lusitania sinking timeline/time stamp is? These things take time to get right and Dead Wake has a fairly decent one but i know from the amount of watches people where timing events though out the sinking so there has to be a more complete list out there

Also i fairly certain the number 1 & 2 funnels fell once they where mostly submerged, as several people where sucked into them and spat out
 

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To be honest, I’m not too familiar with the actual sinking of the Lusitania, as I haven’t read through testimony like I have with a Titanic, but based on the fact that she hit the bottom, had a starboard list, and survivors saw the propellors, I’d say it’s fairly accurate.