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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

29th April 2011 Prince William marries Kate Middleton at Westminster Abbey.go to related location

29th April 1966 Spin-bowling Cricketer Phil Tufnell was born in Barnet, London.

29th April 1943 Noel Coward's Present Laughter, premieres in London

29th April 1923 Born today: Maxine Audley, London, actress (Peeping Tom, Ricochet, House of Cards)

29th April 1879 Born today: Thomas Beecham, England, composer (found London Philharmonic)

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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