ps BUTE

ps BUTE
built by Caird & Company Greenock,
Yard No 123
Engines by shipbuilder
Last Name: PRINCESS ALICE (1870)
Propulsion: Steam 2cyl oscillating 140nhp paddle
Launched: Wednesday, 29/03/1865
Built: 1865
Ship Type: Iron paddle steamer
Ship's Role: Wemyss Bay/Rothesay service
Tonnage: 171grt (1870: 251g 158n)
Length: 219.4ft
Breadth: 20.2ft
Draught: 8.4ft depth
Owner History:
Wemyss Bay Railway Co, Glasgow
1867 The Waterman's Steam Packet Co, London
1870 Woolwich Steam Packet Co, London
1875 London Steamboat Co, London
Status: Sunk - 03/09/1878

Remarks:
ON 52614
Sold to Thames as excursion steamer, later renamed PRINCESS ALICE.
On Tuesday 3 September 1878 she was in collision with the outbound collier BYWELL CASTLE in Gallions Reach. Princess Alice sank immediately with loss of over 600 lives.
One of worst UK river disasters ever. More details at: http://www.thamespolicemuseum.org.uk/h_alice_1.html
On the day that the disaster inquiry report was issued in Nov 1878, Princess Alice, third daughter of Queen Victoria, after whom vessel was named, died of dyptheria.
Picture from Illustrated London News is impression of the sunken Princess Alice (in fact the Thames was dirty and sewer polluted and this view would not even have been seen by divers)




Last updated: by David Asprey from the original records by Stuart Cameron




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