But for the other 1,028,966, those who had the good sense to put aside their dislike of Ken and vote for him, we must all feel sorry; perhaps it will cheer them up to read about some people who suffered an even worse disaster.
Many of the awful poems of William Topaz McGonagall were accurate and harrowing descriptions of terrible things which happened to innocent people. The best known of his two hundred poems is The Tay Bridge Disaster, but there is another one more appropriate for today. It is called The Wreck Of The Steamer "London":
'Twas in the year of 1866, and on a very beautiful day
That eighty-two passengers, with spirits light and gay,
Left Gravesend harbour, and sailed gaily away
On board the steamship "London,"
Bound for the city of Melbourne,
Which unfortunately was her last run,
Because she was wrecked on the stormy main,
Which has caused many a heart to throb with pain,
Because they will ne'er look upon their lost ones again.
You can read the whole of this magnificent account by following the link above, but here are some couplets from it which will give you the flavour:
'Twas all on a sudden the storm did arise,
Which took the captain and passengers all by surprise...
...To hear mothers and their children loudly screaming,
And to see the tears adown their pale faces streaming...
...A beautiful young lady did madly cry and rave,
"Five hundred sovereigns, my life to save!"
...For three stormy days and stormy nights they were tossed to and fro
On the raging billows, with their hearts full of woe...
Happily, though, there were twenty survivors, who "most heroically behaved". Probably these did not include the beautiful young lady, since:
..she was by the sailors plainly told
For to keep her filthy gold.