£1,000 - £1,500
R.M.S. LUSITANIA: An extremely rare blueprint of the S.S. Lusitania titled 'Plan Shewing Capacities', showing a cross sectional of the ship, with handwritten notation on reverse. Used in the British Lusitania Inquiry by Alexander Galbraith Superintendent Engineer for Cunard.
Galbraith gave evidence at the Lusitania inquiry, and referenced the plans, he was the first witness called at the official investigation before Lord Mersey, the following is from that inquiry.
"Mr. Alexander Galbraith, Sworn.
Examined by the Solicitor-General.
1. The Solicitor-General: This witness, my Lord, proves the dimensions. (To the witness.) You are the assistant superintending engineer to the Cunard Line? - I am the Superintending Engineer.
The Commissioner: What are these drawings I see?
22. The Solicitor-General: They represent various sections of the "Lusitania." Those are the boiler rooms; the other one is what is called a profile plan.
(To the witness): Do you produce the plans of the vessel? - That is so.
23. Have you them in Court? - I have."
52ins. x 25ins.