The Marchioness disaster was a collision between two vessels on the
River Thames in London in the early hours of 20 August 1989 that
resulted in the deaths of 51 people. The pleasure steamer Marchioness,
with about 130 people on board, sank after being hit twice by the
dredger Bowbelle. The Marine Accident Investigation Branch blamed a lack
of lookouts, but it was criticised by the families of the victims for
failing to interview anyone on Marchioness or Bowbelle. A formal inquiry
was finally held in 2000; its report concluded that "The basic cause of
the collision is clear. It was poor lookout on both vessels. Neither
vessel saw the other in time to take action to avoid the collision."
Further criticism was aimed at the owners of both ships, at the
Department for Transport and at the Port of London Authority. The
collision and the subsequent reports led to increased safety measures on
the Thames, and four new lifeboat stations were installed on the river.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marchioness_disaster>
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