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Old 21st Feb 11, 06:05   #41
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The normal Los Cristianos ferry is Volcan de Taburiente. She has a door/ ramp behind the visor.
http://www.faktaomfartyg.se/volcan_d...e_2006_b_6.htm
Maybe it is just me, but she looks a bit similar in design to older BFs with a few of the moderner elements. Think it is the funnels. As said probably it is just me...
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Old 21st Feb 11, 09:39   #42
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Some stark images of the Herald after refloating here: http://www.faktaomfartyg.se/herald_o...prise_1980.htm
When I worked in the booking office for BCIF, locals would sometimes call in asking why the ferries were sailing with their bow doors open. The visor could only be fully closed after moving away from the berth, and in any case there is a watertight door set slightly further back. It seems the Herald tragedy was an accident waiting to happen and highlighted some extremely slack operating practices.
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Coincidently, I was watching the ITV drama Marchlands last Thursday which is set in the 1960/70's for one family, the present for another family but also the 1980's for the 3rd family. In the 1980's one they had the news on whilst sitting in the lounge and the recording being shown was the HOFE disaster. I did not get to hear anything at the beginning of the programme as we tend to record them and fast forward to the start. Was any warning given out to veiwers or is it a case of these things just appear on screen and it is considered that the event was x many years ago. I am not sure how I would feel in that situation.
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Out of interest - through the link http://www.faktaomfartyg.se/herald_o...prise_1980.htm - I notice prior to breaking the ship was renamed M/S Flushing Range.

Any ideas why 'Flushing Range'?

I assume they changed the name out of respect for those that perished; is this the actual reason why and is this 'standard practice' (although obviously not standard circumstances)?
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I believe once she had been salvaged she was taken to Vlissingen in the Netherlands which has a suburb called Flushing.

From what I've read, there was some intention that she could be salvaged and returned to working order, whether the name was changed by a new owner I am unsure. I've also read that it's considered unlucky to use the name of a vessel which has already sunk in the course of history.
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The vessel could have been repaired and returned to service but it was felt that the tragic circumstances made this inappropriate and so she was sold for scrap.
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I believe once she had been salvaged she was taken to Vlissingen in the Netherlands which has a suburb called Flushing.

From what I've read, there was some intention that she could be salvaged and returned to working order, whether the name was changed by a new owner I am unsure. I've also read that it's considered unlucky to use the name of a vessel which has already sunk in the course of history.

Flushing is the english name of Vlissingen, Flessinge in french.
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Flushing is the english name of Vlissingen, Flessinge in french.
Ahhh - thanks for clearing that up! (Damn Google Maps!)
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I saw this site a while back, which has some images of the interior of the Herald after she was raised, absolutely terrible for the passengers and crew to have gone through something like this.
http://uitkerke.be/FOTO%27S/Herald_301/index.htm ,there is also some other pictures of her being raised,
http://uitkerke.be/FOTO%27S/Herald_125/index.htm
http://uitkerke.be/FOTO%27S/Herald_101/index.htm

also there is a book available written by a crew member on board at the time called Zeebrugge: A Hero's Story , well worth a read.
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I saw this site a while back, which has some images of the interior of the Herald after she was raised, absolutely terrible for the passengers and crew to have gone through something like this.
http://uitkerke.be/FOTO%27S/Herald_301/index.htm ,there is also some other pictures of her being raised,
http://uitkerke.be/FOTO%27S/Herald_125/index.htm
http://uitkerke.be/FOTO%27S/Herald_101/index.htm

also there is a book available written by a crew member on board at the time called Zeebrugge: A Hero's Story , well worth a read.
Thank you for these.
It feels very wierd looking at the internal ones. They made the hair stand up on the back of my neck.
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