Sadly we have the same ministers in charge who came from soviet times and they are actually puppet regime. The Estonian, Swedish and Finnish safety investigation authorities have signed a memorandum of understanding which will allow additional investigations into the causes of the sinking of the M/S Estonia ferry, which sunk in 1994 killing 852. It is estimated that only 310 people were able to get outside the ship, but because of the frigid waters, no children under age 12 and only seven over age 55 survived the freezing seas. At the time of the MS Estonia disaster nearly 1,000 people were aboard it, both voyagers and crewing personnel included and only a minuscule proportion of people were managed to be successfully saved from the wreckage of the unfortunate vessel. Diagram of the MS Estonia showing her top five decks. On the northern-most point of the Island of Hiiumaa is a memorial to the 852 victims entombed in the wreckage of the MS Estonia 30 miles to the north. Voted up and shared. Yet there are people, who claim they saw capten Phil giving interview on german tv station. very interesting topic.. i had fun reading this lens, very nice! Estonia was on a scheduled crossing with departure at 18:30 on 27 September. This has been a popular article and I'm grateful to all the readers. On board were 989 passengers and crew-- 803 passengers (mostly Swedes) and 186 crew (mostly Estonians). Conspiracists will read something more into it. They discovered a previously unknown 4 meters-wide (13 feet) hole in the hull that is “unlikely” to have been caused by a rock on the seabed, but, more likely a collision with a submarine. Thanks for the comment, JMCL162. An undated photograph of the Estonia ferry. “At some point, on the starboard side, the hull just suddenly ended, and there was a massive gap.”, “There was a long and relatively narrow hole compared to the length,” he continued, “with one piece of cracked steel pushed inwards into the ship and another part bending out.”. None of the warning lights indicating an open visor lit up because the sensors were positioned such that they would detect if the visor weren't completely closed, not damaged. On Wednesday 28th September 1994 at 01:50 (UTC +2) the MS Estonia sank in the Baltic Sea during a storm, on a routine crossing from the port of Tallinn in Estonia to Stockholm in Sweden. A year later, a treaty called the Estonia Agreement 1995 between Estonia, Sweden, Finland, Latvia, Poland, Denmark, Russia and the United Kingdom was signed, prohibiting their citizens from even approaching the wreck, declaring it an official burial ground. The sinking of the MS Estonia remains the worst European peacetime maritime disaster, and the second worst maritime disaster involving a European made boat since the Titanic. Official investigations concluded that the bow “visor” was “under-designed” for the Baltic Sea. I hope that the complete truth about this will be revealed. Enelle Lamb from Canada's 'California' on October 29, 2012: Very interesting piece. The oceangoing passenger and car ferry, the Estonia, was en route from the Estonian capital, Tallinn, to Stockholm when it was stricken and sank rapidly in stormy seas. The Swedish authorities then planned to entomb the ferry in an underwater mausoleum by covering the wreck in a 12-inch layer of concrete, but the plan was abandoned after families of the victims objected. Only 137 survived the … I think under the zog. It must have been very difficult for your family. In 1994, the MS Estonia, sailing from Tallinn, Estonia to Stockholm, Sweden with 989 crew and passengers, sank in rough seas with a loss of 852 lives. I didn't realize that an agreement had been signed prohibiting any contact with the wreck....does make you wonder though yes? Passengers and crew reported similar sounds from the front of the ship for the next 15 minutes until the visor actually separated and water poured in, flooding the vehicle deck and causing the Estonia to list heavily starboard (to its right). The Estonia, they concluded, was designed for coastal waters, not the open sea. David Hunt (author) from Cedar Rapids, Iowa on August 08, 2012: Hi Natashalh. [7] Kate McBride from Donegal Ireland on October 14, 2012: I didn't hear of this incident at the time but this well-researched and informative hub gives so much information about it. Only 137 people survived the sinking of the Estonia; 852 lives were lost. The inquiry, made of officials from Finland, Sweden, and Estonia interviewed survivors to find out what happened. The sinking of the vessel, which killed 852 people, is one of Europe’s worst maritime disasters. The sinking of the MS Estonia in the Baltic Sea remains the deadliest peacetime shipwreck in European waters for centuries. On September 28, 1994, a passenger ferry called the MS Estonia sank in the Baltic Sea, en route from Tallinn, Estonia to Stockholm, Sweden. After piecing things together, a different scenario emerged, he said. Good luck! On the night of September 27-28, 1994, the ferry MS Estonia, carrying 989 passengers between Tallinn and Stockholm, sank in the Baltic Sea, hit by hard weather and winds measuring 9 on the Beaufort scale, which caused enormous waves. JMCL162 from New York on August 08, 2012: Interesting and well-written hub. I vaguely remember thinking that the ferry was some barge-like thing with cars on it at the time but it wasn't like that at all. MS Estonia, a 16,000-ton cruise ferry that began serving the Tallinn-Stockholm route in 1993 and was operated by the Swedish-Estonian shipping company, Estline, was the largest ship sailing under the Estonian flag at the time. So many lives lost. Markku Ulander/Lehtikuva, via Agence France-Presse — Getty Images. The Estonia headed off into near-gale conditions with 40 mph winds whipping up waves nearly 20 feet high. I know how you feel. Talking to … After the tragedy, the decision was made not to salvage the Estonia and give the victims a land burial, but instead to leave the ship on the seabed with the bodies interred inside. David Hunt (author) from Cedar Rapids, Iowa on October 08, 2012: Nice to hear from you, Richawriter, and thanks for the great comment. Investigator Juta Rabe with divers bringed up also pieces from explosion from that hole, which was improved in labaratories to have an explosion signs. A Norwegian maritime expert concluded that the Estonia had been hit by an object with a mass of 1,000 to 5,000 tons. Henrik Pryser Libell contributed reporting. David Hunt (author) from Cedar Rapids, Iowa on November 27, 2014: Thanks, Perspycacious. A car and passenger ferry, MS Estonia, has sunk in the Baltic Sea with 950 people on board. Twenty minutes later, at 1:50 AM on September 28, 1994, the Estonia slipped from the radar screens and sank in 275 feet of water. I am really interested in this topic. The day after the sinking, the investigations began. The Estonia went down in less than an hour, with only 137 survivors. Of the 989 on board, only 138 were rescued alive (one of whom died later in hospital). As I mentioned, I vaguely remember the incident, but didn't realize the ferry was so enormous or the loss of life so terrible. Wow. On the evening of September 27, 1994, the cruise ferry MS Estonia left Tallinn, Estonia, destined for Stockholm, Sweden across the Baltic Sea, a trip of 14 – 15 hours. A ghostly silhouette looms in front of the camera. 852 people were clai… In 2020, a documentary team, using a German-flagged ship to circumvent the prohibition to approach the site, used a remote-controlled probe to investigate the wreckage. There were sure an assault, but what kind of? After the accident many other witnesses have also died. The Baltic Sea is full of history and tragic events. The Estonia Agreement 1995, a treaty among Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Poland, D… Stephen Walsh from Brookline, MA on September 29, 2012: I had not known much about this incident until reading this article. There´s many hidden truth about the catastroph. It sounds like a very tragic and strange event. MS Viking Sally was sold to Estline in 1993 and renamed MS Estonia, CCA-SA 4.0 by Mark Markefelt / Sjöhistoriska museet. Source: Der Spiegel/Hamburg Ship Model Basin, Hamburg University of Technology. Apr 8, 2017 - ms estonia was a Swedish ferry known as the viking line that sunk in 1994 after bow visor failure . However, not all shipwrecks are as easy to explain. With all the controversy surrounding the sinking of MS Estonia and the various conspiracy theories that just won't die, it does seem odd that over the years public domain images related to MS Estonia are disappearing. Yes, theories and questions continue to swirl around the MS Estonia. Inside the Memorial to the MS Estonia in Stockholm, Sweden. It was a terrible tragedy that I believe should not be allowed to be forgotten as the years pass. I am quite sure that most of the information of Estonia is in Estonian - my native language, so maybe I will write an hub about information which you may not no. At the time of the incident, the … Despite pleas from families of those lost and survivors to raise the ship to recover the bodies for land burial, it was decided that would be too expensive so, instead, the ship was entombed with thousands of tons of sand and pebbles. So you can make your own judgement where does the Europe and EU aim at. But a new series has raised disturbing fresh details. New evidence emerges in Europe’s worst peacetime maritime disaster - the sinking of MS Estonia in 1994 The passenger ferry MS Estonia in the docks in … Thanks for commenting, Enelle. A few minutes later the crew sounded a general lifeboat alarm followed by a Mayday, although not in the correct international format. The Estonia disaster occurred on Wednesday, 28 September 1994, between about 00:55 and 01:50 (UTC+2) as the ship was crossing the Baltic Sea, en route from Tallinn, Estonia, to Stockholm, Sweden. On the bell four children's faces are sculpted. A subsequent investigation in 2008 said that the ship had been traveling too fast in the surging waters and that the crew, while trying to save the ship, made the critical mistake of turning it and causing it to capsize. Raigo Pajula/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images. Conspiracy theories abound about the sinking of the MS Estonia: Given the heavy-handedness of the various governments, it's not surprising at the number of conspiracy theories about the sinking. A pivoting cross with a bronze bell at the end hangs down in the center. I will definitely keep it in mind in future. Ill-fated Estonia Ferry used for Weapons Transfers. Divers from non-signatory nations have also been stopped from diving-- in international waters. “Everything started with a big bang, not one that you hear, but one that everyone felt.”, In the documentary, a Norwegian maritime expert concluded that the Estonia had been hit by an object with a mass of 1,000 to 5,000 tons, moving at a relatively low speed, about three to 10 kilometers an hour. Usually ships make a little stop to commemorate Estonia. Instead, the area where the ship lies about 260 feet beneath the waves was declared a sea grave, which prohibited further exploration of the wreckage. The Estline ferry was sailing from Estonia to Sweden in bad weather and heavy seas when it sent a distress signal saying it was listing heavily. We want to be independent country with our own decisions. But it is my understanding that there are many shipwreck gravesites that are off limits in the Baltic Sea. What exactly caused the M/S Estonia passenger ferry to sink in 1994, causing 852 deaths from 17 countries? But then it changed its mind, refusing all pleas from the bereaved relatives to bring the Estonia to the surface, although it sank in shallow waters. Silver Ringvee from Estonia on November 06, 2012: Yes, but unfortunately I can not remember these times very well. Thanks for sharing it. They were surprised to see the number of surviving crew members to be far higher than what was acceptable. Unrealized at the time, the “visor”, the front part of the ship which opened up to allow vehicles on and off the Estonia, had been damaged by the continuous pounding of the waves and a hinge had failed. Many of the twentieth century's worst disasters occurred during wartime as a result of military action. Maritime disasters have haunted humans since we first learned how to arrange objects in a way that let us float atop them. 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