Ships collide in a dock

Victorian illustration to download showing a picture of a bad accident between two ships in a dock. Trying to pass each other in a narrow space, they have collided, and their masts and rigging are entangled. Both ships are listing dangerously and dockers are unloading their cargo via gangplanks. This accident happened in 1858. The brig Ocean (on the left) and the collier brig Lustre were passing each other in the entry lock at the East India Docks. They jammed together, and Lustre’s heavy cargo made her tip over and damage Ocean and herself; both ships were in danger of sinking. However, after their cargo had been unloaded both ships were towed out in the river to clear the lock.

#Picture Number SH106


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