Yard Number 123 was named BUTE when launched on Wednesday 29/03/1865 by Caird & Company Greenock for Wemyss Bay Railway Co Glasgow
Ship Type: Iron paddle steamer
Ship's Role: Wemyss Bay/Rothesay service
Tonnage: 171grt (1870: 251g 158n)
Draught: 8.4ft depth
Wemyss Bay Railway Co, Glasgow
1867 The Waterman's Steam Packet Co, London
1870 Woolwich Steam Packet Co, London
1875 London Steamboat Co, London
Her main engines were built by the shipbuilder , she was powered by Steam 2cyl oscillating 140nhp paddle Her last recorded name was PRINCESS ALICE (1870)
She is recorded as having sank on 03/09/1878
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)