What boat sank on the Thames 1989?

The Marchioness disaster was a collision between two vessels on the River Thames in London in the early hours of 20 August 1989, which resulted in the deaths of 51 people.

How deep is the water under London Bridge?

At London Bridge, where the tides are measured, the depth of the Thames at low water is about 20 metres at its deepest. At high water you can add 5 to 7 metres to that depth.

What happened to the captain of the bowbelle?

Today the Crown Prosecution Service said the matter was still under consideration. Juries twice failed to reach a verdict on a charge that Captain Henderson failed to keep a proper lookout and he was acquitted.

How did the Marchioness sink?

On a hot, late-summer evening in 1989, the Marchioness pleasure boat, packed with more than 130 partygoers, collided with the dredger Bowbelle and sank in the River Thames, killing 51 people. Twenty-five years on, survivors and victims’ families recall what happened and the legacy that remains.

How many boats have sunk in the River Thames?

The vessels, in the Thames Estuary, are just some of about 1,100 ships which went down in the whole of the river.

How many boats have sunk in the Thames?

Shipwrecks The Thames Estuary is home to around 767 recorded wrecks: the earliest known are documented from battles recorded in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 893-894 and the figure also includes downed aircraft from the Second World War and wrecks of Thames barges.

Can you swim in the Thames?

Where Can You Swim? The PLA allows swimming to take place upriver of Putney Bridge through to Teddington. It is permitted in this area only but be reminded that it is still a busy section of the tidal Thames for leisure and recreational activities.

What happened to the bowbelle dredger?

In one of the worst boating tragedies to occur on the Thames, 51 people, many in their 20s, died when the Marchioness collided with the dredger Bowbelle on 20 August 1989 – 25 years ago yesterday. The tragedy occurred in the early hours of Sunday morning as both vessels neared Southwark Bridge.

Why did they cut off the hands of Marchioness?

Families of the people who died in the Marchioness accident told of their horror at discovering that their relatives’ hands had been severed to allow fingerprinting as the inquiry into the identification of victims opened in London yesterday.

How deep is the Thames River?

66′River Thames / Max depth

Who were the Marchioness victims?

Among those who died was Francesca Dallaglio, 19, the sister of former England rugby captain Lawrence Dallaglio, and Antonio de Vasconcellos, a merchant banker whose 26th birthday was being celebrated on board the Marchioness.