Princess Victoria Disaster and the Sir Samuel Kelly Exhibition
Newtownards Visitor Information Centre
31 Regent Street
Donaghadee Heritage Preservation Company present this exhibition on the Sir Samuel Kelly Project and the sinking of the "Princess Victoria".
Come and find out more about this disaster when 133 people lost their lives when the Princess Victoria sank off Northern Ireland’s coast in 1953. It was one of the UK’s worst post-war sea tragedies yet today the terrible loss is barely remembered by the wider public.
The car ferry Princess Victoria sank in a ferocious gale off the Co Down coast on January 31, 1953.The roll-on roll-off ferry went down with only 44 survivors — all men — out of 177 people who set out that stormy morning on the short crossing from Scotland.