Two different Estonian versions of the course of
The Estonian delegation (Meister, Laur and Neidre) handed
in two different versions of the course of events to the
The first (act C11*) is dated 17 January 1995.
The second (act 30*) is dated 18 August 1995, i.e. seven
months later. Both were made secret by Forssberg.
It is interesting to note different times of the same
events in the two versions as shown below, e.g. in the first
version Linde arrives on the bridge before the change of
watch at 01.00 hrs, in the second version he arrives seven
Time (act C11*)
Time (act C30*)
Comments by AB
Departure of the 'Estonia' from Tallinn.
Linde starts his patrol round
Mate Kukk leaves the bridge
Kukk meets Linde at the Pub Admiral
Linde makes his patrol round on the car
Linde is behind the ramp and hears a metallic
noise. Linde reports to the bridge (to 2/O
Kannussar via talkie-walkie)
00.50 or later
Linde leaves the car deck and goes down to
decks 1/0 to complete the round
Linde returns to the bridge
01.05 or later
Change of watch on the bridge
Linde leaves the bridge
01.07 or later
The visor locks are broken and the visor has
started to hit against the forward ramp. After
the visor hinges are broken, the visor
pushes/pulls the ramp open. Water starts to
flow into the ship
The ship gets starboard list. Linde on
deck 5 sees things falling
The official time for the sudden list is
Linde arrives to deck 5 and asks the
'Information' to open the doors to the car deck.
The ship suddenly lists to starboard
01.08 or later
The Estonians do not agree with JAIC that
the sudden list was at 01.15 hrs
Linde runs up to deck 7
01.08 or later
Linde runs up after the sudden list, i.e.
it occurred before 01.15 hrs
Linde arrives to deck 7 and meets one
passenger which states that it is water on deck
This passenger must have escaped before
the sudden list occurred, i.e. it was water on
deck 1 before the sudden list
3/E Treu hears strong hitting (impact) noises
from the foreship and sees water leaking in at
We should be informed when Treu in sound
insulated ECR managed to hear the impacts -
before or after the sudden listing
The visor is detatched from the 'Estonia' and
pulls out the ramp further
The sudden increase in listing showed that
the visor had fallen off and that the ramp
was completely open
It is suggested that the ramp was
completely open before the sudden
Order from the bridge to 3/E Treu to ballast
the ship upright
It seems the first action on the bridge
was to call Treu and to order him to ballast the
ship upright. Is this plausible? Didn't they
discuss other matters?
Lifeboat alarm with bells. Alarm "Mr Skylight
1" and "Mr Skylight 2" via loud speakers. Then
lifeboat alarm with the horn 1.33
Why did Treu ignore these alarms?
Angle of list up to 25-30 degrees
Angle of list >30 degrees
Port M.Es stop
Starboard M.Es stop
Angle of list is 40-45 degrees
Angle of list is close to 90
3/E Treu leaves the ECR
3/E Treu arrives at deck 7 (sic)
3/M Treu is swept overboard by a wave
The 'Estonia' disappears from the radar
screens of the 'Silja Europa' and the
How could Treu be swept overboard 18-23
minutes before the alleged sinking?
Comments: The Estonian delegation ignored the
testimonies of the passengers - the reports of Schager
2.1 were not considered.
In one version Linde arrives to the bridge before the change
of watch, in another after the change of watch. In one
version Linde is already on deck 5 and notes the sudden
listing, while in the other version Linde has not yet left
the bridge. In the first version the sudden list occurs long
before the visor was finally lost overboard
Neither version considers that Treu, Sillaste and Kadak
saw the ramp closed at least two minutes after the sudden
The escape of 3/E Treu is not explained 1.48.
The Estonians believe Treu arrived at deck 7 and was
immediately swept overboard 18-23 minutes before the
sinking. In other statements Treu visits the emergency
generator on deck 8.
The courses of events do not tally with the final one in
figure 13.2 in (5) 1.9. In
one version the angle of list is only 40-45 degrees at 01.30
hrs, in another Treu is already in the water at that time.
After 3/E Treu has been swept overboard at 01.30 hrs, the
'Estonia' should have drifted another 2 500 meters Eastward.
The Estonians give two different times, when the 'Estonia'
should have disappeared from the radar screens of both
'Silja Europa' and the 'Mariella'. They ignore the statement
of the mate of the 'Mariella' that the 'Estonia' disappeared
at 01.36 hrs.
Both versions must be regarded as attempts to falsify the
course of events. It seems that the Commission agreed some
events but could not agree on the times. In the first
attempt the list was at 01.05-01.08 hrs, but then it seems
that Commission agreed that the listing must have been at
01.15 hrs, so a new sequence of events was made. Evidently
there is no real evidence for any event stated.