Wesman Todd Shaw from Kaufman, Texas on March 16, 2012: Awesome write up, Sir, and I'm ashamed to say that I have forgotten all about this one, and never even knew about all the conspiracies involved. “I believe the truth is something other than what people have been told until now,” Mr. Reintamm said. A 1997 investigation found that the ship's bow door locks had failed in a storm. 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. It sounds like a very tragic and strange event. 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. “But we methodically scanned the hull of the ship,” Mr. Evertsson said. The sinking of the MS Estonia was the largest maritime disaster to happen in the Baltic Seas during peacetime and the second-largest European maritime disaster in peacetime, with only the Titanic holding a higher death-toll. Conspiracists will read something more into it. The Estonia had been given a golden pass, declaring her fit to sail anywhere in the world, yet she had sunk with a great loss of life and everyone wanted to know why. Of course with a expense of people, who accept ta wage 3-5 times lower than in Eu avarage at the same level of expenture prices. 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. “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.”. As a preliminary step, thousands of tons of pebbles were dropped on the site, but then, after protest from the survivor families, the idea was abandoned. 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. Bodies of victims of the disaster were transferred to land in 1994. Divers from non-signatory nations have also been stopped from diving-- in international waters. I am frequently in Estonia and have friends who lost a relative. The Estonia went down in less than an hour, with only 137 survivors. Sinking of Estonia is very serious topic for me. Larry Fields from Northern California on March 16, 2012: The existence of the Estonia Agreement suggests that there was gross negligence on the part of people in several of the signatory countries, and that the agreement itself was a big CYA maneuver. So you can make your own judgement where does the Europe and EU aim at. Thank you for an interesting hub about the Estonia sinking. Talking to … On the bell four children's faces are sculpted. It was a terrible tragedy that I believe should not be allowed to be forgotten as the years pass. There´s many hidden truth about the catastroph. I will definitely keep it in mind in future. 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. Did the governments of that time lie, attributing the disaster to the opening of the bow door? The Sinking of the Estonia was met with skepticism. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. In a joint statement released on Monday, the governments of Estonia, Finland and Sweden said they would investigate the claim, which comes after years of complaints by families of the victims and survivors over the lack of a proper inquiry. The conclusion of experts cited in the documentary was that the ferry had been struck by what was probably a slowly moving but extremely heavy object, causing it to sink. After all we are told to be one of the best excample of Eu coyntries. David Hunt (author) from Cedar Rapids, Iowa on November 27, 2014: Thanks, Perspycacious. As I mentioned, I vaguely remember the incident, but didn't realize the ferry was so enormous or the loss of life so terrible. The Estonia Agreement 1995, a treaty among Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Poland, D… At around 1:00 AM, there was a loud bang from the bow. Estonia in Viking Line Livery By Mark Markefelt (1918–2009) Maritime Museum [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia CommonsThe History of the MS Estonia. David Hunt (author) from Cedar Rapids, Iowa on September 29, 2012: Thanks for your comment, sjwalsh, and for reading my articles. For 25 years, the MS Estonia and hundreds of people who went down with it have lain undisturbed in … David Hunt (author) from Cedar Rapids, Iowa on March 16, 2012: I appreciate the vote up, Larry. I try to make history readable and interesting, warts and all. A Norwegian maritime expert concluded that the Estonia had been hit by an object with a mass of 1,000 to 5,000 tons. Finnish radar monitors the site. After the Estonia sank in a storm off Finland, investigators said that a bow door had been bashed in by heavy seas. The sinking of the vessel, which killed 852 people, is one of Europe’s worst maritime disasters. Memorial to the victims of the MS Estonia disaster (Tahkuna, Hiiumaa island, Estonia). Markku Ulander/Lehtikuva, via Agence France-Presse — Getty Images. Today we belong to EU, and were not happy about it at all. Yes, theories and questions continue to swirl around the MS Estonia. "MS Estonia was a cruiseferry built in 1979/80 at the German shipyard Meyer Werft in Papenburg. The three countries have agreed that verification of the new information presented in the documentary will be made in accordance and full respect of the Agreement between the Republic of Estonia, the Republic of Finland and the Kingdom of Sweden regarding the M/S Estonia signed in 1995. David Hunt (author) from Cedar Rapids, Iowa on October 29, 2012: Yes. 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