Princess Alice Went Down

The source of bar735 includes a report of the resposne to the Princess Alice disaster which includes the following:-

"Sadly I make my way to the North Woolwich shore and with the doggerel ---

'The Princess Alice went down in sight of shore ---
Five hundred sunk to rise no more!'

The refrain of a song composed by some unknown poet for the occasion, and sung by four cunning looking vocalists, who were doing a literally roaring trade - ringing in my ears, I am borne by the train swiftly away."