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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

19th October 2003 David Blaine walks from his perspex box after 43 days without food.

19th October 1960 Born today: Dan Woody Woodgate, London, rock drummer (Madness)

19th October 1944 British premier Winston Churchill flies back to London from Moscow

19th October 1941 Born today: Simon Ward, London England, actor (4 Musketeers, 4 Feathers)

19th October 1911 Royal Mint in London sends dies for $1 coin to Ottawa Branch

19th October 1741 David Garrick appears on stage in West End for the first time, in the title role of Richard III.

The Princess Alice Disaster



The Princess Alice Disaster

This is where one of the worst disasters on the Thames occurred.

Location: Galleon's Reach, Plumstead

Description: One of the worst losses of life in The River Thames was the Princess Alice Disaster which happened on 14 September 1878.

The Paddle Steamer had taken over 700 passengers from London Bridge to Gravesend for a gorgeous Summer's day out.

On the return journey it was passing this point in the bend of the Thames when it collided with a huge collier steamer on it's way from Millwall to Newcastle called Bywell Castle. Both saw the problem and maneouvred but to no avail - 750 passengers were plunged into the filthy rivers.

Over 100 were pulled safe from the River, which had been heavily polluted by a recent sewage dump nearby.

The memorial in Woolwich Cemetery states that 550 people died but it's certainly more than that.


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The Princess Alice Disaster

This is where one of the worst disasters on the Thames occurred.


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