Orion737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (10 years 3 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1549 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.
Banco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 52
Reply 3, posted (10 years 3 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1515 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.
JGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (10 years 3 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1512 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.
YAK42 From Ireland, joined Oct 2000, 802 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (10 years 3 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1502 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