Huge blocks of ice, river Thames

#Picture Number HS151

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Huge blocks of ice float in the river Thames near London Bridge. In February 1870 the Thames was completely frozen, preventing boats from navigating the river – the flow of the tide broke the ice into large blocks about 2 feet thick. At one point the wind, tide and the weight of the ice caused some ships to break from their moorings, which resulted in serious collisions.