The triple-height central well, and triumphant staircase, dominate this photograph of the First Class Salle a Manger (Dining Room) of the France of 1912, flagship of the Compagnie Générale Transatlantique/The French Line. For a Line and jingoistic Culture forever synonymous with the arts of cuisine and dining, the mise en scène is admittedly curious: note that the tables are neither dressed nor set. From the private collection of John Cunard-Shutter.
RMS Lusitania The sinking of the Cunard ocean liner RMS Lusitania occurred on Friday, 7 May 1915 during the First World War, as Germany waged submarine warfare against the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. WWI (V)