23rd November 11.30 am  "'The Princess Alice Disaster' Lives lost in the great stink of London": Dr Tom Wareham

  • The sinking of the paddle steamer Princess Alice on the night of 3rd September, 1878, remains the biggest peacetime maritime disaster in British coastal waters.  The terrible loss of men, women and children caused a shock-wave that shook both London and the nation and spread as far as Australia.  Furthermore,  coping with the aftermath of the disaster severely tested the abilities of the existing forms of local adminsitration, and presented challenges that Victorian society had not faced before.  In this talk Tom Wareham traces the background and causes of the accident, and reveals how its aftermath had a wider and longer term impact.



11.30 am The Cutty Sark Pub just five minutes east of the Naval College,

4-6 Ballast Quay
SE10 9PD



£12 for the lecture or £10 for London Historians and past attendees plus the cost of the light lunch / bar snacks afterwards

Numbers are strictly limited so please book early.