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The British ocean liner R.M.S. Lusitania was torpedoed by a German submarine on May 7, 1915. As people rushed to the lifeboats, a woman passenger asked the captain what to do. The captain, according to Erik Larson's book, Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania, replied, "Stay right where you are, Madam, she's all right." That passenger, or another like her, shouted "The Captain says the boat will not sink.
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