In Memory of nearly 700 Passengers, who Perished by the Sinking of the Saloon Steamer, "Princess Alice," in the Thames, off Woolwich, September 3rd 1878.The sun rose in splendour, all Nature looked gay, / And hundreds on pleasure, from home hied away; / Then friend welcom'd friend, and it seem'd that no sigh, / Would e'er rend the bosom, or tear dim the eye [...]
Letterpress printed on embossed card with black border, sheet 155 x 120mm (6 x 4¾"). Creased; some surface loss. Damaged.
Rare survivor. Verses written in memory of the many lives lost when following the sinking of the passenger steamer 'Princess Alice'. The steamer, built in 1865, took Londoners on day trips down the Thames to Gravesend, Sheerness and Margate. Returning from Sheerness on 3 September 1878, the Princess Alice collided with a steam collier bound for Newcastle. The Princess Alice sank in less than four minutes and over 640 passengers drowned, making it the worst river disaster on record in Great Britain.
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