More Of The Façade Of An Interview by Ian Howden & Jim Lott

More Of The Façade Of An Interview by Ian Howden & Jim Lott,
After discussion over M Pigneguy’s claim that he saw grey or dark smoke from Classique’s exhaust which he took to indicate that she accelerated as she crossed ahead of Seaway in photo 3, Bolton went over the tests made out on the harbour with Harbourmaster’s crew in their boat which verified there was no change in the colour of exhaust steam & water – that the engine was large, only 2000 hours since replacement & all M Pigneguy is seeing is the colour through it of the grey dinghy & motor being towed.
When it was suggested that perhaps M Pigneguy had coloured it when he was trying to manufacture something, Jim Lott asked whether Bolton ”had any dealings with him before – you haven’t annoyed him to the point that he would try & do something like that?”

A connection then was made with the antagonism of Keith Ingram, editor of Professional Skipper Magazine & his creation of the Roll of Dishonour, Net the Pirates, for Classique – the same with Phillip Wardale, manager of Bayswater Marina who trespassed Classique to placate his charter yacht berth holders. It was not until the actual Hearing when M Pigneguy divulged that he was a contributing author to Professional Skipper Magazine & ex Charter Boat Association Chairman that an obvious connection was made – this is about the only explanation for M Pigneguy manufacturing an incident to implicate Bolton against whom he’s had a long term grievance. Why else would he turn a blind eye to the myriad of other craft who get in his way at the rate, he’s said of 6 every hour on each trip he makes?

The radar is something Ian Howden suggested could’ve been used.
Bolton had a radar which he used on ocean voyages, at night or on occasions of poor visibility but on short trips in daylight up the harbour he would neither find it appropriate nor as accurate as his Line of Sight method of determining the passage of another vessel especially when multiple vessels might need observation simultaneously over a few minutes. The same applied to both the steering & handbearing compasses as far as practicality went. For Ian Howden to believe that radar would’ve been of any use on this occasion gives reason to doubt his experience as a navigator.

It was also rather obtuse of Ian Howden to ask whether Bolton had thought at any point of contacting Seaway on his VHF. Bolton always has his on  channel 16 when under way.
As far as Maritime Rules are concerned, it was up to M Pigneguy to alert Classique if he had any concern, so when there was no indication from Seaway either by horn signal or VHF communication, Bolton had every reason to believe that Seaway travelling at twice the speed of Classique & governing the situation was comfortable with the clearance it was giving itself. Bolton was observing Seaway to be passing astern of Classique ok.
During the Hearing M Pigneguy certainly made it clear that he wouldn’t waste his time trying to talk to recreational boaters on his VHF – “they argue” etc

The strange construction of Seaway was suggested as reason for  a distortion of the view seen in the photos M Pigneguy took. The wheelhouse was built entirely over the port side causing a blockage of view of the water considering the distance across to its starboard side deck bulwarks – apart from the huge wide square bow Seaway had as a consequence of the ramp required for roll on / roll off traffic. If the bridge had been centred or allowing photos to be taken from the starboard side, a greater expanse of water would’ve been visible over to Classique but M Pigneguy had no interest for that to be seen.

Grey dinghy & black motor seen through transparent steam exhaust.
Greater expanse of water seen when Seaway’s bulwarks are removed

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