mv HERALD OF FREE ENTERPRISE
Report of Court No. 8074 Formal Investigation under The Merchant Shipping Act 1894
Paragraph 21.1 Captain Lewry was Master of the HERALD on 6th March 1987. In that capacity he was responsible for the safety of his ship and every person on board. Captain Lewry took the HERALD to sea with the bow doors fully open, with the consequences which have been related. It follows that Captain Lewry must accept personal responsibility for the loss of his ship.