Silver teaspoon from RMS Lusitania


About this object

Silver souvenir teaspoon with Cunard Line crest on the end of the handle and the ship's name 'Lusitania' inscribed on the bowl. It belonged to George Knill who was 16 years old and employed as a Sculleryman on board Lusitania when it was sunk. George Knill joined Lusitania’s crew as a sculleryman in April 1915, aged 16. He bought this silver teaspoon and also snuffbox on board.
George survived and later met and married Mary Blythyn, daughter of Smokeroom Steward Robert Blythyn, who perished in the sinking. George and Robert never met during their time on Lusitania.
George died in 1931, aged 32, at Greenwich Seaman’s Hospital in a Lusitania-endowed bed.

Object specifics

  • Title
    Silver teaspoon from RMS Lusitania
  • Accession no.
  • Type
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Date made
    1907 - 1915
  • Materials
  • Location
    Merseyside Maritime Museum, First Floor, Lusitania: Life, Loss, Legacy
  • Measurements
    13 cm x 2.5 cm x 6 cm; 5 1/8 in x 1/1 in x 2 3/8 in
  • Related people
    George Knill (Associated Person)
  • Collection
    From the Merseyside Maritime Museum collections
Object view = Social History
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