RMS Lusitania wreck owner Gregg Bemis pays tribute
The centenary of the sinking of the RMS Lusitania will be marked by a red rose, plaque and the names of the hundreds of souls who perished being placed on the wreck.
Gregg Bemis, the 87-year-old US entrepreneur who owns the liner 11 miles off the Irish coast, created his own heartfelt tribute rather than attend official commemorations.
The Cunard vessel was torpedoed by a German U-boat on May 7, 1915 en route from New York to Liverpool and sank with the loss of 1,201 lives, including three unidentified stowaways.
The mementos will be placed on the boat 300 feet below the surface, off the Old Head of Kinsale, at 2.15pm tomorrow, the exact time the torpedo struck.
"It will be a permanent recognition of our feelings about the importance of the wreck - and to pay homage to the victims," Mr Bemis said.