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Running The Gauntlet
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Published: September 26, 2015
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In 1915 RMS Lusitania was one of the most beautiful and fastest ocean liners afloat. Going first class on the Lusitania was an experience in floating luxury. From 1914, Great Britain was at war with Germany. Despite warnings of German uboat activity, Lusitania was thought to be too fast for any submarine to catch. This assumption was proven wrong when on May 7, 1915, on her 202nd Atlantic crossing, the RMS Lusitania was torpedoed off the coast of Ireland. The ship went down in only 18 minutes taking 1,198 passengers and crew with her. There were 764 survivors. This print is a tribute to RMS Lusitania on the 100th anniversary of her sinking. Prints are available through my website, www.markkarvon.net.
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PrincessAmisi's avatar
PrincessAmisi|Hobbyist General Artist
So many lives were taken when she went to the bottom. People in the Stoke holds,Cargo Areas, First Class Elevators, in the second class state rooms all trapped when the power went out. In this day and age you wonder 'why the hell were they in the lifts when the boat was going down?' I simply say 'mass panic,they weren't thinking about anything other than getting up on deck and the hell away from a sinking ship.'
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CR99nut's avatar
You know, I actually like "Lucy" in her wartime livery. The black funnels balance the black hull better than the peacetime red funnels. And that golden stripe running the full length of the ship... striking!

As is your painting!
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markkarvon|Professional Digital Artist
Thank you. She was always a good looking ship. Really great lines. 
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anno78's avatar
The ship sank in such a quick time because her engines were still going.  The captain thought he could try and beach her, but instead ended up literally driving her under the waves (water was forced into the ship through the torpedo hole) and into the sea floor.  She also listed as she sank.
The wreck is now collapsing on itself, due mainly to the fact that the Royal Navy used the hull as a target for testing depth charges.  It us also covered in discarded fishing nets.
Soon there will be only a jumble of rusting metal left.

You artwork is a true memorial to the ship, and to those who died on that terrible day.
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The narrative in the US and Britain is that the ship was transporting civilians, and attacked by German U-Boats without cause or provocation.  

It is my understanding that the Lusitania was hit by a single torpedo, after which it did not sink slowly, but instead exploded.  It is also my understanding that larger ships usually require multiple torpedo hits to sink, not a single one.   The Lusitania was carrying arms to Britain in secret, and the US and Britain feigned outrage at this "illegal" attack.  The Germans always maintained it was carrying weapons, and they have eventually been validated.  I'm not opposed to the smuggling of weapons to aid Britain, I would support the same today if Britain needed support, but it's not right to continue to tell this lie, and it is not fair to Germans or to history.  If it was a smaller event, maybe not so important, but as you said, this is *the* reason used to involve the US in WWI.  Aiding Britain was the right call, but enough time has passed that we should be honest about the circumstances and the tragedy that cost so many lives.   Perhaps if they (and certainly other civilian vessels) were not smuggling weapons, the Germans would not have attacked, and the passengers would not have died.  

www.theguardian.com/world/2014…
www.dailymail.co.uk/news/artic…    

I don't mean to distract from your beautiful work, Mark.  It is really quite stunning, and this was a majestic vessel.  You've got a new watcher here. 
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Andromedian1|Hobbyist General Artist
An interesting factoid is that every passenger was notified, mostly indirectly, that the nations were at war and they would be travelling through a warzone. The Germans ran ads in American newspapers advising travelers not to go to Britain, as it was likely any passenger ship that could carry weapons would be carrying weapons. All those passengers had to have some knowledge of the circumstances before choosing to risk their lives.
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HerrDrayer|Hobbyist Photographer
What a great ship!  I understand the Lusitania's rivals, the Olympic-class White Star ships had four funnels, but that the after one was fake.  Though the lead boat, Olympic ended up outlasting Lusitania's sisters, no?  Any plans to render "Old Reliable?"
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SwiftFlyer's avatar
SwiftFlyer|Hobbyist Photographer
Another wonderful work!  Today's cruise liners will never hold a candle to these great ships.
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markkarvon|Professional Digital Artist
Thank you.
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Enterprise206|Hobbyist Photographer
She's a beautiful looking ship. but i think i see a little Titanic in her design. the four sweped back stacks and the bridge look very similar to Titanic. Very well done. you've done it again
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markkarvon|Professional Digital Artist
Actually the Lusitania was built before the Titanic. The Titanic and her sisters were actually built to try and better the Lusitania and her sister Mauretania. Personally I think this is a better looking ship than Titanic. Thanks.
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121199's avatar
121199|Student General Artist
She was a lovely ship.
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markkarvon|Professional Digital Artist
She was.
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markkarvon|Professional Digital Artist
Thank you.
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AliceFromLake's avatar
Very nice. The good old times of the big ocean liners...
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markkarvon|Professional Digital Artist
Thank you.
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MensjeDeZeemeermin's avatar
Wonderful sweep of motion and color, great mix of a rough ocean and a very fast ship, lovely details.

People wonder why I so seldom look happy upon hearing Strauss's The Beautiful Blue Danube.  That waltz was what her musicians were playing as the torpedoes hit.
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markkarvon|Professional Digital Artist
Thank you. I was not aware they were playing that song.
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MensjeDeZeemeermin's avatar
Beauty, horror, and death in the course of a half hour...  All of Teutonic making. :(
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sentinel28a's avatar
Those were some fast ships.  Seeing the "Lucy" like this with a bone in her teeth is quite a treat.  Love the work on the waves.
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markkarvon|Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much.
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Pwesty's avatar
Great work Mark!
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markkarvon|Professional Digital Artist
Thank you Paul.
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