September 3 - 1878 - The Princess Alice Disaster
The SS Princess Alice was a passenger steamship that took people from London to attractions at the mouth of the Thames, which made it unremarkable in the 1870s. It became notable for being involved in the deadliest incident ever on the River Thames in 1878. The trip which ended in a horrible accident was a routine trip to Rosherville Gardens, a new "pleasure garden" in Kent. The return trip encountered problems when it came upon the SS Bywell Castle, a much larger coal ship, which then ran into the Princess Alice. Although it was a big event at the time, the Princess Alice disaster has not rung through history like battles, elections, or acts of terror.