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Duchess of Holland, Norfolkline- 1978 - Frightening crossing

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Old 18th September 2019, 19:57
Bikeintheclouds Bikeintheclouds is offline
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Duchess of Holland, Norfolkline- 1978 - Frightening crossing


I was wondering whether anyone could help. I'm trying to find out more information on a journey that my dad took in 1978, and reasons why the Lifeboat from either the Netherlands or the UK were not called.

My dad was a passenger on board the Duchess of Holland, a Norfolkline ferry crossing between Schevenigen and Great Yarmouth during a storm in November 1978.

The sea was incredibly rough from the moment of leaving the dock in the Netherlands. During the crossing, lorries on the deck came loose from their lashings, and a couple fell into the sea during the journey. My dad recalls the ship taking on water, and all the passengers led to the outdoor section of the bridge (I'm not sure what it's called) with life jackets on. The ship was listing very heavily on one side, and hobbled into the harbour at Great Yarmouth crashing into the Gas House Quay on the way in. They docked during the early morning and had to scramble down the deck between lorry trailers that had smashed into each other. The crew organised train tickets to get the passengers home swiftly after arriving.

Can anyone might be able to tell me why the Lifeboat was not called, or tell me anymore about this incident?

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