TIL that in 1878, the passenger steamer SS Princess Alice sunk on the Thames right where 75 million gallons of London’s raw sewage had just been discharged. 16 of the survivors later died from ingesting the water. In response, London immediately starting shipping its sewage out to sea for dumping.

Read more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sinking_of_SS_Princess_Alice

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