We have recently uploaded a new podcast, a recording of our Curator Julian Stray’s recent talk Disaster at Sea! In his talk Julian Strays looks at the handful of mail ships (and one mail train) which never reached their destination.
Amongst the famous maritime disasters discussed are:
HMS Lutine, a naval ship lost in a storm which had a large quantity of gold bullion on board
The Antelope, a packet ship operating in the West Indies which surrendered to the French and had to sink the mail it was carrying
RMS Leinster, a mail boat torpedoed in the Irish Sea by the Germans at the end of World War I
RMS Titanic, the famous passenger liner whose mailroom staff all died when she sank in the Atlantic on her maiden voyage
Also discussed is the Tay Bridge Disaster, in which a railway bridge collapsed during a storm while a train carrying mail was crossing it.