Barry Docks, a port in Barry, Vale of Glamorgan in Wales, opened in 1889. A massive project undertaken by Victorian engineers John Wolfe Barry, Thomas Forster Brown and Henry Marc Brunel, son of the iconic Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the docks went on to employ thousands of men and women.
By 1913 it was the biggest coal port in the world.
The image below is of the area ready for the official opening on the 18th of July, 1889.
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On Wednesday the 12th of June, 1889 a train in Armagh, Ireland (now Northern Ireland) stalled and rolled into another. Amongst the people on board were Sunday school children on an excursion.
Eighty people died (though some reports state a higher death toll) in what was at the time Europe’s worst rail disaster.
The Johnstown Flood, otherwise known as the Great Flood of 1889, occurred in Pennsylvania on the 31st of May, 1889. 2209 people were killed when a dam broke and unleashed 20 million tons of water on the surrounding area.
The six people who were inside this house all survived. X
Heavy rain hit the area in the days before the flood, and despite attempts to save the dam before it broke, nothing could be done and everybody retreated to wait. The flood began at about 3:10pm.
The wave of water that hit surrounding towns was said to have reached 18 metres (60 feet) in height.
Minnesota was hit by a series of tornadoes in the summer of 1883, but the F5 tornado that hit Rochester was the worst.
It hit at 5:30pm on the 21st of August, and killed thirty-seven. Some two-hundred were injured.
The lack of hospital facilities in the area at the time resulted in the founding of the Mayo Clinic in 1889.
Members of the Tsimshian tribe hold a tea party near Fort Simpson, British Columbia, Canada. Circa 1889 or 1890.
The photograph was allegedly taken on the 1st of July.