Exclusive Showing of treasures from lost wreck

1 July 2010

A new exhibition which tells the story of 150 years of North Sea passenger lines will open to the public on Saturday 03 July at Aberdeen Maritime Museum, Shiprow.

For centuries ships have connected the countries and people around the North Sea bringing cargo and passengers from one place to the other.

Museums from ten countries have contributed to this exhibition which shows just how the North Sea connects rather than divides the people around it.

This exhibition includes the very first public display of a ship's bell, plate, saucer and fork from the wreck of the Aberdeen steamship Hogarth. Loaned exclusively for this exhibition, these fascinating objects were found by divers who located the wreck in 2009; the first time it has been seen since it was lost 92 years ago.

The Hogarth was a cargo and passenger ship which while on passage from London to Aberdeen, was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine UB 107 off the Northumberland coast on 07 June 1918. One survivor was picked up after nearly two days on a raft but 26 men, including the Master D Stephen, were lost.

This exhibition offers a unique opportunity to see these remarkable objects which have been found after nearly a century undisturbed on the seabed.

Aberdeen City Council's Curator of Maritime History Meredith Greiling said: "We are delighted to have the ship's bell loaned to us by the Silent Running Technical dive team for this exhibition.

"The Hogarth was built in the city and crewed by men from Aberdeen so it has a special place in our hearts. It represents the sacrifices made by Aberdeen's merchant fleet during the First World War."

The exhibition is open until Saturday 25 September 2010.