This 15 ton, four-bladed propeller is one of four which drove the Cunard liner Lusitania across the Atlantic on her tragic final voyage in May 1915.
It was the most complete of the three salvaged from the wreck off Southern Ireland in 1982 and was purchased by the Merseyside Maritime Museum in 1989. The propeller has been displayed on the Museum’s historic quaysides ever since.
Each year on 7 May, the anniversary of the sinking of the ship by the German submarine U-20, a service of commemoration is held at the propeller for the 1200 victims of this incident. A wreath laid during the service can be seen in the photograph of the propeller above.
Accession number MMM.1989.159
BBC A History of the World season
This is one of the featured objects in the BBC 'A History of the World' season.