The ‘first’ Princess Alice disaster

It’s often called the “forgotten” tragedy of the 19th century - the loss of nearly 700 lives aboard the Princess Alice steamer on the River Thames, following its collision with a coal ship. But this article describes another truly forgotten collision involving the SS Princess Alice seven years earlier. On this occasion it was our great-grandmother and her family on board a skiff returning on a day out to Kew that were the unsuspecting victims. Image: Boulter's Lock, Sunday Afternoon, 1895 by E J Gregory