The Double Life of Benjamin Guggenheim

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Randy Bryan Bigham

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All,

Re: Lusitania people transferred to Titanic

The only thing I can think of is that if the coal strike that was on then really was all that bad - and it seems to have been - then Cunard may just have had no other choice if they did not want to upset their passengers. Especially rich ones like Guggenheim who would hardly have been satisfied with a transfer to a third rate ship and that may well have been all that was left at the moment except for Titanic.

Randy
 
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Craig Sopin

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Hi Geoff-

Perhaps I can. I likewise have a letter from Rev. Harper mentioning the incident but with implications of the coal strike. A port log for Lusitania's previous voyage is unremarkable with no mention of a broken propeller. Cunard transferred Lucy's passengers, including Harper, to its slower replacement steamer Carmania but he (and presumably some others) chose Titanic instead. I hope this helps.

Regards,
Craig
 
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