Princess Alice disaster:3rd September 1878

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  1. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    The Princess Alice sank in the River Thames on 3 September 1878, killing hundreds of ordinary Londoners returning home from a day trip to the seaside. The tragedy, now largely forgotten, dominated newspaper headlines and led to changes to the shipping industry.

    A boatman hooks another body out of the foul-smelling Thames, a grisly prize that will earn him five shillings.

    A few days before, the Princess Alice had been smashed in two as it returned to London packed with men, women and children who had been on a trip to Kent.

    About 650 lives were lost and for weeks bodies decayed in the polluted water or washed up on the riverbank.

    Princess Alice disaster: The Thames' 650 forgotten dead
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  2. Tony56

    Tony56 Member Patron

    A tragic event that took the lives of some distant relatives of mine.
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