On this day…

H.M.S. Electra, PY0876

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H.M.S. Electra, struck by a “whirlwind” on the passage from Auckland, New Zealand to Sydney, New South Wales on the 20th of November 1856.

1st April in Victorian London

An invitation to the fake “Washing the Lions” event at the Tower of London – an April Fools’ Day joke from the 1850s.

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Invitation to a bogus event at the Tower of London for April Fool's Day 1856