RMS Lusitania - A Design History and Forensic Analysis of Her Sinking

Garzke, William H. (CACI Alumni (Retired)) | Smith, Kenneth M. (Goat Forensics)


This paper represents a final report of the review of evidence from wreck site of the RMS Lusitania based on material compiled by the late Gregg Bemis, owner of the wreck. It also discusses new evidence from the cargo manifest of Lusitania that was classified for almost 100 years as well as survivor’s accounts from several different sources and the results from previous expeditions to the wreck site. In this forensics analysis several considerations will be made from the study of the documents, testimony, and wreckage: 1. The conclusions will be consistent with witnesses and survivors during the sinkage of this ship 2. The probable cause will be consistent with the normal laws of physics 3. The cause reported is what actually happened, to a reasonable degree of engineering certainty.

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