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The Herald Of Free Enterprise Disaster  
User currently offlineOrion737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (10 years 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1403 times:

I have been interested in this disaster for years and I remember the fateful night when the Herald sank after setting sail from Zeebrugge harbour. I was sleeping at my nannas house when a news bulletin interrupted the programmes and gave the terrible news of the capsising of the ship after it set sail with the bow doors open.

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User currently offlineTriStarEnvy From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2265 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (10 years 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1397 times:

Terrible disaster. My dad and I were visiting the UK, in mid summer of '87, and I remember that it was still major news. I was just looking at some websites that had info on the sinking.....

If you don't stand for SOMETHING, you'll fall for ANYTHING.
User currently offlineOrion737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1385 times:

Ro-Ro car ferries have had a bad run over the last twenty years in Europe, what with the Herald and then the sinking of the Estonia with huge loss of life.

User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 3, posted (10 years 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1369 times:

I lived in south east Kent then. Knew a number of people who were on the ship, fortunately they survived. My partner who worked on the ferries around that time and subsequently; she knew people who were killed.

That event shook the area to the core. The ferries were (and are) central to the economy there; everyone knew people who worked on them, everyone went on them for day trips or evenings out. It was a terrible time.

She's as nervous as a very small nun at a penguin shoot.
User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (10 years 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1366 times:

That accident, and the "Estonia" both scared the bejaysus out of me - I'm still a bit nervous on ferries with bow doors, even though I know the safety standards are much improved since then. I don't feel very at ease below decks. Silly I know, but there it is.

User currently offlineYAK42 From Ireland, joined Oct 2000, 802 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (10 years 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1356 times:

There are loads of conspiracy theories about the sinking of the Estonia including one in an article published in the New Statesman Magazine about the Russian secret service attaching a limpet mine to the forward part of the hull under the waterline before it sailed, to stop the British and Swedish secret service smuggling stolen Russian military technolagy out of Russia via Estonia. The governments concerned have all signed an agreement never to dive to the wreck or examine it. But an american businessman dived down there and found an almost perfect round hole near the bow door that has been found to have been caused by an explosion.
More conspiracy theories: http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread78342/pg1

User currently offlineOrion737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (10 years 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1337 times:

Yes I know what you JGPH1A, Those wet car decks and those big doors behind you! Its what nightmares are made of.

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