In 1941, the British ship, SS Gairsoppa was just three days from safety when it was hit by a torpedo from a German U-Boat off the coast of Ireland.
It was carrying 2,817 silver bars and it was also carrying enough tea for 65 percent of Britain’s entire population at the time.
For 77 years, the ship was sunken, forgotten and laid undisturbed–-resting in waters a mile deeper than the Titanic's resting place.
Until it was found in 2012, with even more treasure on-board. What archaeologist discovered in the wreck-- was hundreds of letters that were never delivered to their destinations.
Even more astonishing, was the fact that these personal letters that were trapped at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean for three quarters of a century were miraculously preserved in an airlock that formed as the SS Gairsoppa, sank.
The more than 700 hundred letters from soldiers, businessmen,and missionaries are now part of an exhibition entitled, "Voices from the Deep" which is slated to open on Thursday at the Postal Museum in London.
According to the Postal Museum, the letters offer "a unique insight into the lives of ordinary people, living in extraordinary circumstances during the Second World War. They bring to light the central role that the postal service played in British society at that time."
The writer explains to his friend, ‘I’ve had numerous experiences, some that will always remain in my memory, I only wish I could write some of them’. Censorship prevented too much detail being sent through the #post.— The Postal Museum (@thepostalmuseum) March 26, 2018
Reveal more at #VoicesFromTheDeep -> https://t.co/kxxwNdRYUR pic.twitter.com/4sIscFKfjs
“It’s difficult to write to loved-ones in England, nowadays, as we do not know when or how letters will arrive, nor under what circumstances you will be in when the letters do arrive.”