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March 6, 2015

On 6th March 1987, the British ro/ro ferry Herald of Free Enterprise capsized. She had sailed with her bow doors open because the Assistant Bosun - having been on dutyfor 24 hours - had fallen asleep, and upon reaching 17.5 knots the bow wave topped the 8 foot head beyond which it was highenough to flood over onto the unprotected car deck. In seconds the ship had developed a 30ยบ list to port, whereupon the captain turned her violently to starboard, which successfully brought her over a sandbank to the right of the main channel. Here she settled with enough of her starboard side out of the water for more than half the 600 passengers and crew to escape. 193 lost their lives. Read more

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