As the Abandon Ship! exhibition focuses on two ships that sank, it was always going to be difficult to find objects to tell their story, as these now lie at the bottom of the ocean. As well as free, fun family activities every Sunday afternoon in August, to help visitors understand a little more about … More Experience abandoning ship!
During the Second World War, propaganda was a weapon almost as important as guns. On both sides, terrible stories were spread, making it easier to see the people on the Other Side as the enemy. In the summer of 1942, British newspapers had reported that German uBoats had opened fire on lifeboats. However, in reality … More Propaganda v Truth
Britain declared war on Germany on 3 September 1939. That very evening, the first merchant ship to fall victim to the war was sunk. The steam passenger ship Athenia was torpedoed without warning in the Atlantic, west of Ireland. The U-boat captain had believed the ship was an armed cruiser. Most of the 315 crew … More British merchant losses in WWII