Ss princess alice formerly ps bute was a passenger paddle steamershe was sunk in 1878 in a collision off tripcock point on the river thames with the collier bywell castle that resulted in the loss of over 650 lives the greatest loss of life of any british inland waterway shipping disaster. 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 . The ss princess alice was a long slim lightly built wooden paddle steamer of 251 tons she sat low in the water and had only two lifeboats and twelve lifebuoys she sat low in the water and had only two lifeboats and twelve lifebuoys. The titanic disaster was a still 36 years in the future and application then of general insights from the princess alice disaster could have lessened the death toll significantly i find that the loss of the princess alice has an almost unbearable poignancy about it. The princess alice disaster 09 june 2017 on the evening of tuesday 3 september 1878 the princess alice paddle steamer was making her way up the thames on her return journey from sheerness to london
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