Researching pre-WWI sinkings

Researching pre-WWI sinkings

Postby Margaret Lindsey on Wed Jun 20, 2012 10:50 am

Hello. I am researching shipwrecks from the WWI and WWII eras, and am having trouble finding official information on those that occurred during WWI, especially in the years before the US entered the war (i.e., 1914-16). This was before the creation of the US Shipping Board, so I do not know what US government agency---if any--- would have documented the circumstances of the loss (cargo, passengers, method of sinking, etc.). The National Archives has information on WWII sinkings, for example, in their US Maritime Commission records. These include non-US ships, by the way. So has anyone else had luck finding such reports for early 20th century sinkings (for example, the RMS Republic)? Thanks for any suggestions!
Margaret Lindsey
 
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