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The physical appearance in this production of Kenneth Cranham is probably more influenced by the appearance of White Star Line Captain Edward John Smith (famous as the captain of the Titanic) than by the appearance of the real Lusitania captain William Turner, whom Cranham is portraying. Unlike Smith, who's white beard is famous from still photographs and from Bernard Hill's portrayal, surviving photographs of Turner invariably show him as clean-shaven.
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When Prof. Holbourn and Avis first meet, he asks if the deck chair next to her is taken. Later, they are shown seated together in the dining salon. On the Lusitania, all seating arrangements in first class were pre-assigned (a process that continues on cruise ships in the 21st century), as were most deck chairs. It's unlikely that Holbourn and Avis would be suddenly supping together, or that Holbourn would be gauche enough to take another passenger's assigned deck chair, even if it was empty.
Adrian Topol's character name is pronounced Voegele in the German dialogue and is spelled this way in the accompanying English subtitles. However in the credits it is spelled Vogele. Correct German spelling uses either "ö" (o with an umlaut) or else "oe".