Peel flotilla planned to commemorate Lusitania sinking

RMS Lusitania

RMS Lusitania

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A flotilla of boats in Peel has been proposed to commemorate the centenary of the sinking of the RMS Lusitania.

Commissioner Jackie O’Halloran said at the latest commissioners’ meeting: ‘I have mentioned the idea to some of the fishermen and the lifeboat crew and they are in favour of it.

‘They could sail from the harbour to around the back of the castle and lay flowers there.

‘Not just Peel boats either, people could come from all over the island.

‘A Peel vessel was one of the first to reach the Lusitania, pictured above, when it was in distress, so it’d be a nice way to commemorate it.’

All the commissioners agreed it was a good idea and the proposal would be looked into further.

The RMS Lusitania was a British ocean liner and briefly the world’s biggest ship.

On May 7, 1915, she was torpedoed and sunk by a German U-boat with 1,198 passengers and crew perishing.

The Wanderer, a small Peel fishing boat, was among the first to reach the stricken Lusitania and rescued 200 people.

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