On September 28, 1994, the ferry Estonia was on its way from Tallinn to Stockholm when
it got caught up in the storm, capsized and sunk with 852 people on board.
17 of them were from Latvia. Along with victims there 501 Swedes, 282
Estonians 10 Finns and 44 people from other countries including Canada
and Nigeria. So it was an international disaster. The official
explanation was that the locks on the bow door had failed from the
strain of the waves and the door had separated from the rest of the
vessel, pulling ajar the ramp behind it. The bow visor and ramp had been
torn off at points that would not trigger an “open” or “unlatched”
warning on the bridge, as is the case in normal operation or failure of
the latches. The subsequent failure of the bow ramp allowed water into the vehicle
deck, which was listed as the main cause of the capsizing and sinking to a depth of 64-75 meters.
The Swedish government blocked efforts to recover the victims that went down with the ship. All offers to retrieve the bodies were blocked and after three months of the tragedy the government announced
that the there will be no recovery and salvage operation along with outlawing diving or staying in the area was issued.
Instead, they hired a Dutch marine salvage firm Smit Tak BV that
specializes in nuclear waste removal. They spent *$350 Million to cover the ship in concrete. Concrete is the only practical material for a large permanent shield
against the dangers of radiation. The Russians reacted with the same strategy after the Chernobyl meltdown and built a concrete tomb around reactor 4, thus creating a sarcophagus. The official reason for such action was to make the wreck a cemetery that is not accessible to anyone. In 2005 the Estonian parliamentary inquiry concluded that Estonia might
procured to western agencies special equipment and high technology of
the Soviet army.
important to mention that “The Kursk” an 18,000 ton Russian Nuclear Submarine sunk
to a depth of 108 meters in 2000 and was salvaged in 2001 at a cost of £44m. Remember, The Estonia is at a depth of 64-75 meters and could have been raised at a possible cost of $69 million to $138 million. Instead, they paid *$350 Million to cover it in concrete.
This proves the Swedish government wanted the Estonia, the victims and the rest of the evidence to stay at the bottom of the Baltic Sea. They then took it a step further and literally covered up The Estonia with thousands upon thousands of tons of concrete, which also happens to be the best material to shield against the dangers of radiation.
The Swedish media had discovered and confirmed that the ferry Estonia was used for Soviet weapon transfers from Estonia to Sweden. One of the disaster survivors remembers that immediately before Estonia
left Tallinn on its final voyage the harbor was sealed off and a
military convoy escorted two large trucks onto the ferry. After
that the car ramp and bow visor were closed, the ship set sail to
Stockholm. Former customs chief Lennart Henrrikson reported on Swedish
TV that on two occasions shortly before the disaster Estonia
had allowed vehicles carrying Soviet military equipment in to the vessel
without inspections. He had been ordered to allow certain vehicles
carrying Soviet military contraband to pass Swedish customs without
inspection on September 14 and 20, 1994, but was not working the day Estonia
sank because he was on vacation. The ferry was owned by Nordström &
Thulin, and Estline that was owned by the Estonian government.
The Swedish and Estonian governments launched separate
investigations, headed by Court of Appeal President Johan Hirschfeldt
and Republic Prosecutor Margus Kurm, respectively. Both investigations
confirmed that military equipment was aboard the ship on 14 and 20
September 1994, though it remained unclear if any such equipment was
aboard the ship on the day of the disaster.
Three separate sets of tests had been carried out on metal fragments
recovered from the wreck by divers. Distortion in the metal showed
there had been an explosion. This is denied by official Swedish research
Bengt-Erik Stenmark, security chief of the Swedish Maritime
Administration told Reuters that the international investigation
committee had even interviewed Captain Avo Piht. Neither Stenmark nor
Reuters has ever retracted this statement. The German television network
ZDF broadcast a video clip on September 28 of Avo Piht and other
survivors arriving at Turku University Hospital in Finland. This video
was later confiscated by German intelligence agents, according to Rabe. Captain Avo Piht and the main chief engineer Lembit Leiger were never seen
- Both locks on the bow door had failed simultaneously.
- Two well placed explosive devices could easily do this.
- Distortion in the metal showed
there had been an explosion.
- The boat was immediately doomed and sunk shortly thereafter.
- The Estonia had been used to transport Military Weapons in the past with no inspection from customs agents.
- Recovery efforts were blocked by the Swedish Government.
- Sweden hired a salvage team that specializes with Nuclear Waste removal.
- The ship was later covered in concrete, which is also the only practical material for a large permanent shield
against the dangers of radiation.
- The Estonia could have been raised at a price of $69 million to $138 million.
- Instead, Sweden paid *$350 Million to cover it in concrete.
- The sinking resulted in 852 deaths.
- In 2001, The German media outlet Der Spiegel attempted to rebuke these facts.
I’ll leave you with this grave warning. History repeats itself.
Other sinkings that have been affiliated with cover-ups.
****The only segment that can’t be confirmed is the $350 Mil cost of the concrete tomb for the Estonia**** please send any articles you have confirming this.
Sources are above and below.
This is the article that confirms Captain Avo Piht was alive & had spoken to investigators after the incident before he suddenly vanished for the rest of his life. http://www.nytimes.com/1994/10/01/world/investigators-cite-bow-door-in-estonian-ferry-s-sinking.html
Die Estonia: Tragödie eines Schiffsuntergangs