Friday, March 13, 2015

First Class Menus from the Lusitania

British luxury liner Lusitania sailed with nearly 2,000 on board, including 700 crew. The first-class meals served to passengers were  marked by superb food and the finest wines. First-class guests dined in a two-story chamber capped with a stained-glass dome. Silk covered the walls; plaster friezes were frosted with gold leaf. Here is a sampling of what guests were offered:

The Lusitania was launched by the Cunard Line in 1906, at a time of fierce competition for the North Atlantic trade. In 1915, she was torpedoed and sunk by a German U-boat, causing the deaths of 1,198 passengers and crew.

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