The Lusitania had self-flushing toilets .
The smoking room was Queen Anne style with Italian walnut .
The ship had six decks of passenger accomodation above the water line . Other ships of the time had four .
One thousand one hundred and ninety eight persons died . No warning was given by the German submarine before the torpedoes were fired . The Germans claimed that the sinking was justified because the Lusitania was within a war zone .
The Germans further claimed that the Lusitania was a justified target because the ship was carrying munitions . The British government denied this . The torpedo caused damage , but a secondary internal explosion may have been what sent the ship to the bottom .
Recent evidence seems to prove the British assertions of the time wrong . And in in the 1990s divers discovered that the wreck was full of holes . The Royal Navy had bombed it . Some suggest that the British were trying to destroy incriminating evidence .
The bodies of the dead were strewn along the Irish coast and were washing up on the beaches for days .