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Creator:
James McBey, 1883–1959, British
Title:

Torpedoed Sussex

Date:
1916
Medium:
Drypoint etching
Dimensions:
Image: 8 1/8 x 15 1/16in. (20.7 x 38.3cm)
Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, The G. Allen Smith Collection, transfer from the Yale University Art Gallery
Copyright Status:
© Estate of the Artist
Accession Number:
B1994.4.381
Classification:
Prints
Collection:
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
beach | ferry | military art | sun | war | world war | World War, 1914-1918
Access:
View by request in the Study Room
Link:
https://collections.britishart.yale.edu/catalog/tms:23520
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A German submarine torpedoed the passenger ferry Sussex without warning as it crossed the English channel on 24 March 1916, a week before the second unrestricted campaign against British shipping was to begin. Fifty civilians were killed, including a number of U. S. citizens. It prompted an ultimatum from President Wilson, demanding an immediate halt to unrestricted attacks. Germany complied, ordering all U-boats in British waters to spare passenger ships.

Gallery label for Doomed Youth The Poetry and the Pity of World War I (Yale Center for British Art, 1999-06-22 - 1999-09-26)

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