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Film, Video The sinking of the Lusitania

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  • The sinking of the Lusitania


  • This film, after introducing Winsor McCay, the artist and cartoonist, who was responsible for this picture, gives some idea of the tremendous amount of work necessitated for this production. Then, he introduces Augustus F. Beach, the first American newspaper man to interview the survivors. McCay follows the war correspondent's report of the manner in which the gigantic vessel was twice torpedoed, the orderly confusion of the launching of the lifeboats, the desperate leaps of the frenzied passengers into the water, the gradual sinking, and the final plunge of the leviathan beneath the ocean.


  • McCay, Winsor, filmmaker, onscreen presenter
  • Beach, Augustus F., onscreen presenter, contributor
  • Fitzsimmons, John A., animator
  • Adams, William Apthorp, 1871-1952, animator
  • Universal Film Manufacturing Company, film distributor
  • Trans-Atlantic Film Co., film distributor
  • Jewel Productions, copyright claimant

Created / Published

  • United States : Universal Films : The Trans-Atlantic Film Co., 1918.


  • -  Lusitania (Steamship)
  • -  World War, 1914-1918--Naval operations, German
  • -  World War, 1914-1918--Naval operations--Submarine
  • -  World War, 1914-1918--Campaigns--North Atlantic Ocean
  • -  Shipwrecks--North Atlantic Ocean


  • Propaganda films
  • Silent films
  • Live-action/animation films
  • Documentary films
  • Short films
  • Nonfiction films


  • -  MP1232 U.S. Copyright Office
  • -  Intertitles in English.
  • -  Copyright: Jewel Productions, Inc.; 19Jul18; MP1232.
  • -  Appearing: Winsor McCay, Augustus F. Beach.
  • -  Animation assistance, John Fitzsimmons and William Apthorp Adams.
  • -  Summary adapted from the Kinematograph and Lantern Weekly.
  • -  This film was selected for the National Film Registry.
  • -  Sources used: Motion picture weekly, June 29, 1918, p. 10 viewed online September 21, 2023 via Media History Digital Library; Canemaker, J., Winsor McCay: his life and art, 2005, p. 188; Kinematograph and Lantern Weekly, April 3, 1919, p. 102 viewed September 21, 2023 via ProQuest Entertainment Industry Magazine Archive; Copyright catalog, motion pictures, 1912-1939, p. 776.


  • 1 video file (digital) (approximately 11 min.) : si., b&w.

Source Collection

  • AFI/Shepard (David) Collection (Library of Congress)

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Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2023600632

Online Format

  • image
  • video

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Chicago citation style:

Mccay, Winsor, Filmmaker, Onscreen Presenter, Augustus F Beach, John A Fitzsimmons, William Apthorp Adams, Film Distributor Universal Film Manufacturing Company, Film Distributor Trans-Atlantic Film Co, and Copyright Claimant Jewel Productions. The sinking of the Lusitania. United States: Universal Films: The Trans-Atlantic Film Co, 1918. Video.

APA citation style:

McCay, W., Beach, A. F., Fitzsimmons, J. A., Adams, W. A., Universal Film Manufacturing Company, F. D., Trans-Atlantic Film Co, F. D. & Jewel Productions, C. C. (1918) The sinking of the Lusitania. United States: Universal Films: The Trans-Atlantic Film Co. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Mccay, Winsor, Filmmaker, Onscreen Presenter, et al. The sinking of the Lusitania. United States: Universal Films: The Trans-Atlantic Film Co, 1918. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.