Accident to the Thunder Steamer at Battersea Bridge

Accident to the Thunder Steamer at Battersea Bridge. 1851. Illustrated London News. Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham. [You may use this image without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit the photographer and (2) link your document to this URL in a web document or cite the Victorian Web in a print one.]

As the Thunder was returning from Putney she struck the Battersea Bridge, thereby shattering both paddle-boxes and precipitating two passengers overboard. However, the lad was almost immediately plucked from the Thames by a waterman named George Elliott while the adult was pulled out of the water by the crew of a lug-boat. The Thunder herself was towed to White Swan Stairs by another steamer.


Illustrated London News. (20 August 1842): 240.

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