On 16th February 1941, the merchant steam boat, SS Gairsoppa was torpedoed off the coast of Ireland by a German U-Boat. On board the boat were more than 700 personal letters, until now they have been trapped for 77 years on the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, a mile deeper than the Titanic.
Preserved by an airlock that formed as the boat sank, twelve bundles of letters have now been recovered alongside a silver ingot that was making its way from colonial India to the UK. And now you can see them at The Postal Museum’s new temporary exhibition, Voices from the Deep. Providing a unique insight into the lives of ordinary people, the soldiers, writing to loved ones, and the words of business men and missionaries, the exhibition will shed light on the extraordinary circumstances of life in WW2 and the central role that the postal service played in British society at the time.
Emulating the rescue mission’s search light that pierced through the ocean gloom, you’ll be able to use a UV torch light to reveal snippets of fragmented letters as well as see original footage of the recovery of SS Gairsoppa by the Odyssey Maritime Exploration and you can write a postcard to your future self.
The Voices from the Deep starts on the 29th March 2018 and runs until 13th January 2019 at The Postal Museum.