Propaganda v Truth

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

The San Hilario  The Abandon Ship! exhibition includes a model of the San Hilario, whose crew abandoned ship after being attacked by a German U-Boat in the First World War. The San Hilario was built in 1913 by Palmers Shipbuilding and Iron Company in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. The ship was owned by the Eagle Oil Transport Company … More

Abandoning ship

The signal to Abandon Ship! is only given in dire straits and it was almost always followed by the sinking of the ship. In wartime, of those who survived the initial attack, it was not certain they would live long enough to be rescued. Sailors of the Merchant Navy were aware of the risks when … More Abandoning ship

The sinking of the Laconia “The Tragedy that changed the Battle of the Atlantic”

Our exhibition deals with the tragedy of ship losses during both world wars – along with the hardships suffered by merchant seamen in the process. In both of these wars, this suffering was caused by the new tactic of unrestricted submarine warfare – which enabled civilian vessels of all types to become subject to unprovoked … More The sinking of the Laconia “The Tragedy that changed the Battle of the Atlantic”

Sailors from Lewis

There were two crew members from the Isle of Lewis on board the Richmond Castle. One, Angus Murray, was responsible for saving the lives of many of his fellow crew, with his ingenuity and steadfast spirit. He was later awarded the British Empire Medal and – many years later – was reunited with fellow survivors … More Sailors from Lewis

Violet Jessop

“Abandon Ship!” – the fearful cry that Violet Jessop  must have heard several times during her working life. She was an ocean liner stewardess and nurse who survived the disastrous sinkings of both the RMS Titanic in 1912, her sister ship, the HMHS Britannia in 1916, and she had also been on board the RMS Olympic , the eldest of the three sister ships, owned by the … More Violet Jessop