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Disasters on the Severn

When tankers collide

Chris Witts remembers the 1960 tanker disaster on the Severn

Working on the Severn River could be dangerous. This is due to several factors including fast tides, mud flats and a high level of precision needed to enter docks.

In 1731, the ship New Newnham was wrecked, killing 17 passengers and crew.  The Prince Victor was wrecked at Woolaston, lower down the Severn, in 1887, and the master’s wife and child were drowned. 

The most famous disaster occurred in 1960, when two vessels crashed into the Severn railway bridge in thick fog, destroying a central section.

All these photos were taken by Gloucestershire Constabulary when officers arrived at the scene.

 

Images: Gloucestershire Archives - Q-Y5-7-3, Q-Y5-7-3, Q-Y5-7-3, Q-Y5-7-3, Q-Y5-7-3, Q-Y5-7-3

Ref: Gloucestershire Archives - D13230/3/61

Photos taken by the local Police as they arrived at the scene. Photos taken by the local Police as they arrived at the scene. Photos taken by the local Police as they arrived at the scene. Photos taken by the local Police as they arrived at the scene. Photos taken by the local Police as they arrived at the scene.

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