Andrew McKinley was born in Newry, County Down, Ireland.
He engaged as a trimmer in the Engineering Department on board the Lusitania on 12th April 1915 at Liverpool at a monthly wage of £6-0s-0d., and joined the liner on the early morning of 17th April 1915 in time for her last ever sailing out of the River Mersey.
Three weeks later, after the liner was torpedoed on her return voyage to Liverpool, he was fortunate to be counted amongst the survivors and eventually landed at Queenstown.
When asked by newspaper reporters to account for how he survived, Andrew replied that he did not know, but added: -
‘I owe my life to learning how to swim on the track line in Newry as a boy’.
He also claimed that after floating in the sea for a period of time after the liner was sunk, he held on to wreckage before succeeding in climbing into a collapsible boat. He also stated that he visited the temporary morgues in Queenstown to view the dead and try to identify some of his ship mates.
Nothing further is known about this crew member.
According to the list of crew members who signed on for the final voyage of the Lusitania, this man is identified as Andrew McKinley; however, in various newspaper reports he has been described as ‘McKendry’ and ‘McKindrey’.
Newry Journal, Newry Memoirs, Cunard Records.