Live-Tweeting the Lusitania’s last voyage

Thursday, 30 April 2015

For millions of people, Twitter is the go-to place for real-time updates on news events, live TV and entertainment and sports moments. And as good as it can be for real-time news events in the present, it turns out Twitter is also a great way to re-live historical moments live as they happened.

This week, you’ll be able to do just that, as author Erik Larson (@ExLarson) embarks on live-Tweeting his historical account of the Lusitania on its last voyage from New York to Liverpool, which took place exactly 100 years ago. His story in Tweets comes from his recent best-seller “Dead Wake,” which details theLusitania’s last trip.

Starting today and ending May 7, Larson will re-tell the tale of the British ocean liner’s final voyage, beginning with the launch of the German U-boat that eventually sank the ship. You can follow along with his historical re-creation by following @exlarson or the hashtag #DeadWake.