Probably not so unbelievable. Elbe 5 was apparently being employed as an excursion boat
- a tourist attraction - by the Hafenstiftung Hamburg. The crew, as far as I can see from this brief clip, had had very little, if any instruction, but was pressed into service
, such as it was, when the fit hit the shan. If you are rattled, as I think this crew must have been, and you are used to a wheel
, it's easy to mess up if you are on a tiller!
One of the vessels blew five. Twice! There are two possibilities, but I can tell which is the one that obtains.
1) the schooner blew, in which case the implication is that she was insisting, against all common sense, that she was the stand on vessel and did what we all know not to do. She put herself under the bows of a big un. It is not surprising, if my surmise that the "crew" were really just tourists is right, and young with it, that they would have put the tiller to the side "they were told".
2) The freighter blew. The implication of that is, as we can easily verify by reference to the chart of the Elbe at that location, that she was buggered whatever she did. She couldn't turn, in that VERY narrow, and defined, channel, and she couldn't stop given her windage and her having the wind
on her stbd quarter. Going dead in the water
in that location and in those circumstances might very well have grounded her. Skipper
would indeed have been on the horns of a serious dilemma: a) ground his ship and face the owners, or keep course and way on and hope for the best in the belief that the schooner was in competent hands.
Either way, in my estimation Elbe's skipper has a lot to answer for, and depending on just what his qualification are, so might the Stiftung whose employee I imagine he is, or was.