New book reveals lost voices from the SS Persia as lucky escapee joins museum collection at Buckler’s Hard
A previously untold account of the passengers lost aboard P&O liner SS Persia has gone on sale at Buckler’s Hard, at the same time as a book that narrowly escaped the tragic sinking goes on display in the Maritime Museum.
This is the question that Alan Wren’s meticulously researched book asks. To voyage at this time was more about duty than choice, and the SS Persia passengers knew and accepted the risk. Sadly, most would never arrive.
Alan’s book reveals the stories of those aboard the SS Persia when it was torpedoed without warning on 30th December 1915. Including tales of murders, lovers, villains, outstanding heroes and heroines, tiny children and the huge fortune lost in ten minutes between a torpedo strike and the liner sinking, his history pays tribute to the 343 lives that were lost that day.
Brand new to the display is a 120-year-old book that had a lucky escape from the ill-fated liner. Rue with a Difference by Rosa Nouchette Carey, published in 1900, was originally housed in the Officer’s library of the ship, but was later found in a shop in Italy. Researchers believe someone borrowed it from the officers’ library and took it ashore, then failed to return it. A fortuitous mistake!
Recovered by British firm Deep Tek in the world’s deepest salvage operation of its kind to date, the collection of gems included real rubies, amethysts, moonstones and some of the earliest known synthetic rubies. As well as offering some of the gems for museum display, Deep Tek also gifted gems from the collection to create a limited edition commemorative jewellery line. If you’d like to own an exclusive piece of history, the last few remaining pieces of the SS Persia Jewellery Collection are now available for purchase – please enquire here.
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