On the 3rd September 1878, the SS Princess Alice made “Moonlight Trip” to Gravesend and back from Swan Pier near London Bridge. At 7. 40pm she was on the return adventure very near North Woolwich Pier where many passengers were to disembark. She was stuck on the Starboard side by the SS Bywell Castle, a coal carrier. She split in two and sank within 4 mins.
She was carrying a huge number of passengers and over 650 died. Amongst the survivors though were as recorded Mrs Dee and a baby living at the Angel Arms, Loughborough Road. It was the best demise in any Thames delivery disaster.