The event itself is in the form of a council-funded local exhibition, taking place in a purpose-built tent not far from the New Wosley Theatre in central Ipswich.
The ship had not long been in service when it catastrophically ran aground on rocks on the south coast of England.
Also on board was a confidential cargo being transported under government warrant.
Captain T. A. Solomon, the ship’s skipper, as well as the rest of the eight man crew were reported as being lost at sea to the coastguard’s office in the early hours of that fateful morning.
Despite speculation as to the secret nature of the government cargo, Whitehall refused to comment on the nature of the artifact or artifacts. Crew records left at Mortimer House suggest the cargo may have been a statue, possibly of some value. Several eye witnesses to the disaster describe the figure of a woman emerging from the wreckage, one going so far to suggest she resembled an angel in appearance, but such reports were dismissed as wild fancy.
And that is really as much as I can write about my trip, as after that point things really started to take a dramatic turn about which I feel I cannot speak.
The shared experiences of myself and the others in our twenty-strong tour party will be something no doubt we will carry for many years to come. It was shocking, and at times truly disturbing.
I wouldn’t have missed it for the world!!!
Further reading about
The Crash Of The Elysium can be found here
North West Historical Society
The Elysium crahses!