TV show set to look at Barking disaster

PUBLISHED: 15:31 06 June 2012

Disaster: Maria Williams at Creekmouth where the steamer sank

Disaster: Maria Williams at Creekmouth where the steamer sank


The worst ever shipping disaster on the Thames is to feature in BBC2 documentary series Coast next year.

The programme will examine the sinking in 1878 of the Princess Alice paddle steamer at Creekmouth village, off River Road, Barking, which led to the deaths of about 650 passengers.

Maria Williams, of Creekmouth Preservation Society, said the show would look at the sewage problem on the river in Victorian times and focus in particular on the plight of the Princess Alice’s passengers, who perished in the filthy water.

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