Orion737
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The Herald Of Free Enterprise Disaster

Tue May 31, 2005 11:00 pm

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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RE: The Herald Of Free Enterprise Disaster

Tue May 31, 2005 11:05 pm

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.....
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RE: The Herald Of Free Enterprise Disaster

Tue May 31, 2005 11:22 pm

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.
 
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RE: The Herald Of Free Enterprise Disaster

Tue May 31, 2005 11:55 pm

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.
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RE: The Herald Of Free Enterprise Disaster

Wed Jun 01, 2005 12:12 am

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.
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RE: The Herald Of Free Enterprise Disaster

Wed Jun 01, 2005 12:55 am

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
 
Orion737
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RE: The Herald Of Free Enterprise Disaster

Wed Jun 01, 2005 1:37 am

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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