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Tears on Lusitania sinking.

A SPECIAL service was held to mark the 97th anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Lusitania.

Mourners laid a wreath next to one of the tragic ship's giant propellers, now situated near Canning Dock at the Pier Head after being recovered by Dr Robert Ballard from the wreck, off the Old Head of Kinsale, Ireland.

The Cunard liner was sunk on May 7, 1915 by a German submarine U-20 en route from New York to Liverpool with the loss of almost 1,200 lives, many of them from Merseyside.

There were 761 survivors.

The attack turned public opinion against Germany and contributed to the USA's entry into WW1.

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TRAGEDY: Tommy Miller, who served with the Merchant Navy for more than 18 years, holds onto the propeller blade of the Lusitania while, inset, a young boy places flowers at the base of one of the original propeller blades Pictures: JAMES MALONEY
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:May 8, 2012
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