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October 12, 2017

The Rileys - Survivors of the sinking of the Lusitania, Cobh (formerly Queenstown), Co. Cork, May 8, 1915

The Rileys in Cobh (formerly Queenstown), May 8, 1915

The Riley family: Annie and Edward Riley and their 4-year-old twins Ethel and Sutcliffe. Given that only 764 of the nearly 2000 souls aboard the Lusitania were saved (more than a few due to Irish rescue boats and fishermen).

It's very telling that this image seems to capture one of the few (and perhaps only) families to survive the Lusitania sinking "intact". Other young families were not as fortunate. It is good to know that they continued their journey home to Bradford, where they lived the rest of their days....

(photo by A.H. Poole Studio Photographer, via The National Library of Ireland)



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