1906: Lusitania launched from Clydebank yard

1906: The turbine steamer Lusitania has been launched from the Clydebank yard of Messrs. John Brown and Co.

Great crowds assembled on both banks of the river to witness the event. The naming ceremony was performed Mary Lady Inverclyde in the Presence of a large gathering of specially invited guests, including representatives of foreign Navies and leading shipbuilders.

The Lusitania is the fastest and most powerful cruiser in the world.

She became a   holder of the Blue Riband appellation for the fastest Atlantic crossing, and was briefly the world’s largest passenger ship until the completion of her sister ship Mauretania, three months later.

She was torpedoed and sunk off the south-west coast of Ireland in 1915.