Blackwater diver finds ‘smoking gun’ ammo on sunken Lusitania

Date: 2/12/2008

Tim Carey, a member of the Blackwater sub aqua club, was among a four-strong dive team that descended on the wreck of the Lusitania off the Old Head of Kinsale. They found a considerable amount of ammunition which may amount to a smoking gun. The liner sank after being torpedoed by a German U-Boat in 1915, with the loss of 1,200 passengers and crew. The German military command claimed the ship was a legitimate target as they believed it was carrying munitions from neutral America to help the Allied war effort. Amongst the ammunition the team uncovered on the Lusitania was Remington 303 bullets, the kind used by troops during World War One. The discovery is one of the most significant historical finds of the century. From the amount the divers saw it would seem that the ship was carrying the ammunition to the Allies.

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