RMS Lusitania - "Take up the Sword of Justice" recruitment poster


About this object

This dramatic recruitment poster was first published a month after the sinking. It depicts the figure of Justice rising from the sea, offering a sword while the Lusitania sinks and the doomed passengers drown. This was intended to tap into the raw emotion and anger felt in Britain, and encourage people to avenge Lusitania by enlisting. The loss of Lusitania was used heavily in Britain, and later in America, for recruitment and support of the allied cause. It was acquired by the museum as part of Captain Dow’s archive.

Object specifics

  • Title
    RMS Lusitania - "Take up the Sword of Justice" recruitment poster
  • Accession no.
  • Type
  • Artist/Maker
    Partridge, Bernard; Parliamentary Recruiting Committee; David Allen and Sons, Ltd, Harrow, Middlesex
  • Place made
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: London: Harrow
  • Date made
    1915 - 1916
  • Materials
  • Location
    Merseyside Maritime Museum, First Floor, Lusitania: Life, Loss, Legacy
  • Measurements
  • Related people
    David Allen and Sons Ltd (Artist/maker); Parliamentary Recruiting Committee (Artist/maker); Bernard Partridge (Artist/maker)
  • Collection
    From the Merseyside Maritime Museum collections
Object view = Social History
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