August 20, 2014

This day in history:
The Marchioness disaster, in which 51 people lost their lives, occurred on 20 August 1989, when the passenger vessel collided with the dredger Bow Belle on the River Thames. The Marchioness, which had been chartered for a birthday celebration, sank near Southwark Bridge on the Thames after being struck by the 1,475- ton dredger Bowbelle at 1.46am on 20 August 1989.The pleasure boat went down within a minute, trapping many of the 132 revellers inside and leaving others to fight for their lives in the dark tidal waters. read more

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