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Artist's impression of the sinking of the steam boat The Princess Alice, on the Thames, 3 September 1878
Terrible disaster, 1878 :
Returning from an excursion, the Princess Alice was rammed near Woolwich by a large coal ship, the Bywell Castle. The boat sank within minutes and 640 passengers and crew were drowned. This horrific incident contributed to the decline of riverboat services.
Reference number: 1998/84165