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. [This image may be used without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose.]

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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