Well, talk about coincidence. I put up my post a little over three weeks ago, and today, in the mail, is a book by a good friend of myself and my lady (Cheryll).
The Herald, a book by Kathryn Collis
It is a semi-fictitious story of the event but refers to the inquiry, the odd fact that 'The Herald' was one of three ships specifically built for Dover-Calais (so why was she in Zeebrugge?) and a few other 'anomalies' that ask a some other questions. This was, at the time, the largest British maritime disaster since the Titanic which has been covered from every direction, but there is very little about 'The Herald'
It is a shame that Kath did not feel comfortable about asking me about the disaster and the follow on, I could have given some 'extra' insight - such as the emotions when the ship was finally pulled upright, and the high emotion of trying to prevent an article in 'The News of the World'.
My sister (who died on board) was travelling with her partner. He survived and helped drag people out of the hull - including a woman who at first refused to leave her fur coat behind! He and a very good friend's wife (who, with her husband were going on the trip but deferred at the last moment) spent several days in Zeebrugge searching the hospitals (and morgue) for my sister.
The story. though, was when 'The News.. ' discovered that he was having an affair with my best mates wife. Headline 'Ferry Hero Finds New Love With Best Mate's Wife' - we made page three...... but could have been a good clip in the book!!!!!