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Hot Off The Press – New Titles This Week

This week at The Archive has been another busy one, as we have added a grand total of 140,146 brand new pages to our collection. Furthermore, we are delighted to welcome five brand new titles to The Archive this week – all with a Scottish flavour! So read on to discover more about the new titles we have added this week, from Glasgow, Inverness and Kirriemuir respectively, and to find out which of our ten titles we have added new pages to. Meanwhile, we remember

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Hot Off The Press – New Titles This Week

This week at The Archive we have been busy adding 144,382 brand new pages to our collection, including four brand new titles from England and Wales. We also have extensive updates to a very special best-selling weekly title, whilst our new pages this week span 160 years of headlines, running from 1801 to 1961. So read on to discover which new titles are joining us this week, and to discover which record-breaking weekly we have added to, as well as finding out about a

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Tragedy on the Thames – The Princess Alice Disaster

‘Perhaps the most terrible catastrophe that ever occurred on the Thames took place last night,’ writes the Greenock Telegraph and Clyde Shipping Gazette on 4 September 1878, ‘when the saloon steamboat Princess Alice, with about eight hundred passengers, was run down by a passing screw-steamer.’ This tragic incident, representing the largest loss of life on Britain’s inland waterways, saw pleasure steamer the Princess Alice, laden with London day-trippers, cut almost in three as she collided with collier Bywell Castle. The Princess Alice and

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The Quintinshill rail disaster

100 years ago today, the worst rail disaster in British history occurred at Quintinshill near Gretna Green in Dumfriesshire, Scotland. On May 22nd 1915, a devastating crash involving a total of five trains, killed 226 people and injured a further 246. The vast majority of those killed were territorial soldiers of the 1/7th (Leith) Battalion, Royal Scots, on their way to participate in the Gallipoli campaign. Disaster stuck when a troop train headed for Liverpool struck a passenger train that

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The Tay Bridge Disaster, 28 December 1879

Tay Bridge Disaster 1880

‘The awful catastrophe which occurred at the Tay Bridge on the last Sunday of the year is still the all-absorbing theme of conversation in the community…’ A section of the Tay Bridge, which connects Dundee and Wormit in Fife, collapsed during a terrible storm on the night of 28 December 1879.  Tragically, a Dundee-bound train plunged into the freezing waters of the river, with the loss of 60 lives (although some estimate the loss to have been 75 lives). Graphic illustrated the scenes

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