The following is a note to Chapter 21 of the author's Navvyman.
Forty men were killed outright when the new dock entrance in Newport, South
Wales, caved in. One man wasn't supposed to be there at all: he'd dropped his
measuring rule and gone down to find it. Another man and a boy lay alive alongside a
corpse all day and night. The timbers gave way and killed them both just as they were
about to be saved.