Stern angle

Dan Kappes

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In some illustrations of the sinking, the Lusitania's stern is seen to be very high in the air, like the Titanic's in some illustrations of her.

Two examples below. The first one is a painting by Alton Tobey from Volume 7 of The Golden Book History of the United States.

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Yet Ken Marschall's painting of her published in the 1995 book Exploring the Lusitania shows her stern at a much shallower angle.

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What was the reality? Did her stern really rise high out of the water or not?

Also, Marschall painted her with black camouflaged funnels instead of her traditional black and red Cunard livery.
 

Kyle Naber

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I think Ken’s painting is more believable. Given that the strike was somewhere between the first funnel and the bridge, it would have gone down more bodily than at the head.
 
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