R.M.S. Lusitania

1993 Expedition

(Above)  The shell doors for the second-class entrance and one of the boiler rooms.  During our first dive to the wreck, it was over these doors that Ken Marschall and I passed.

Some people have speculated that most of the port-side shell doors on the ship are now open because passengers or crew pushed them open as the ship listed farther to starboard in an attempt to escape the sinking liner.  When the facts are examined, this is a ridiculous notion, considering the apparent weight of each door.

(Below)  An open shell door on the wreck.

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