The Sinking of the Lusitania — Canon Elliot –Carleton Place



In 1915, a German submarine torpedoed and sank the RMS Lusitania; 128 Americans were among the 1,198 dead. The event outraged illustrator Winsor McCay, but the newspapers of his employer William Randolph Hearst downplayed the tragedy, as Hearst was opposed to the US joining World War I. McCay was required to illustrate anti-war and anti-British editorial cartoons for Hearst’s papers. In 1916, McCay rebelled against his employer’s stance and began to make the self-financed, patriotic Sinking of the Lusitania on his own time.

The bombing of a passenger boat was a crime that shocked the nation. The Carleton Place newspaper reported that Mr A. Elliot of Calgary as well as Mrs. Elliot were among those that were rescued. Mr. Elliot was the nephew of Reverend Canon Elliot of St. James Anglican Church in Carleton Place and had been married just the year before the tragedy. Elliot was an engineer in the west and was on his way home to go to the front. He had stopped off in Carleton Place en route to New York to see his uncle, Canon Elliot first.


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Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  12 Nov 1896, Thu,  Page 3

About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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