The Secret History of the Estonia

The Secret History of the Estonia

The Secret History of the Estonia. A tale of secrets, smugglers and spies and how 852 people died on a ferry. From the team behind The Secret History of Flight 149, journalist Stephen Davis investigates the tragic sinking of the passenger ship The Estonia, uncovering a mysterious trail that leads back to the Cold War. Listen to the whole series by subscribing to the Crowd Stories channel on Apple Podcasts. Weekly episodes will be released for free on all platforms every Monday. Get them ad-free on Amazon Music.

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January 25, 2022 3 min

Coming soon - The Secret History of the Estonia. A tale of secrets, smugglers and spies and how 852 people died on a ferry. 

From the team behind The Secret History of Flight 149, journalist Stephen Davis investigates the tragic sinking of the passenger ship The Estonia, uncovering a mysterious trail that leads back to the Cold War.

Episodes released weekly from January 9th 2023, with the whole series available ad-free on the Crowd S...

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When Flight 149 departed London Heathrow on 1 August 1990, the passengers and crew had no idea of the trauma that lay ahead. A routine stopover in Kuwait turned into a hostage crisis. Hear from the hostages themselves as they recall the horrifying realisation that their holiday had taken a very dark turn. Journalist Stephen Davis de...

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February 14, 2022 50 min

The Flight 149 passengers and crew are now stranded in war-torn Kuwait. Tanks surround their hotel, and soldiers have set up camp in the basement. But could the hostages smuggle themselves to safety? 


British Airways gave us the following statement: "Our hearts go out to all those caught up in this shocking act of war just over 30 years ago, and who had to endure a truly horrendous experience. The records (released by the Govern...

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February 21, 2022 42 min

The hostages are faced with the impossible decision of whether to follow the official advice and stay in a hotel occupied by the Iraqi army, or risk everything to make a run for it. The Captain calls a secret meeting of his crew, but has he left it too late to escape?

This episode contains descriptions of graphic violence.


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February 28, 2022 46 min

The hostages have now become human shields – scattered at strategic locations across Iraq and Kuwait. They have been put in the line of fire and are living in constant fear of being bombed. When food supplies run dangerously short, they are forced to take drastic measures... 


British Airways gave us the following statement: "Our hearts go out to all those caught up in this shocking act of war just over 30 years ago, and who had ...

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March 7, 2022 38 min

The US Embassy finds itself under siege. As the international pressure on Saddam Hussein intensifies, he makes a sudden announcement that creates a dilemma for many of the human shields.


British Airways gave us the following statement: "Our hearts go out to all those caught up in this shocking act of war just over 30 years ago, and who had to endure a truly horrendous experience. The records (released by the Government last year...

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March 14, 2022 34 min

What must it have felt like to be a child hostage? Stephen hears the remarkable tale of one of the youngest captives, and also asks how the Flight 149 family members left behind coped with the ordeal.


British Airways gave us the following statement: "Our hearts go out to all those caught up in this shocking act of war just over 30 years ago, and who had to endure a truly horrendous experience. The records (released by the Govern...

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March 21, 2022 32 min

The West stands on the brink of war against Saddam Hussein’s regime, but the human shields are in the line of fire.


British Airways gave us the following statement: "Our hearts go out to all those caught up in this shocking act of war just over 30 years ago, and who had to endure a truly horrendous experience. The records (released by the Government last year) confirmed British Airways was not warned about the invasion."

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March 28, 2022 34 min

The hostages may have made it home, but the psychological and emotional effects continue. Stephen begins his search for the truth.


British Airways gave us the following statement: "Our hearts go out to all those caught up in this shocking act of war just over 30 years ago, and who had to endure a truly horrendous experience. The records (released by the Government last year) confirmed British Airways was not warned about the inv...

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April 4, 2022 37 min

The investigation gains momentum as key individuals speak out about the events of August 1990. Stephen reveals just who was on Flight 149...is this why the plane landed?


British Airways gave us the following statement: "Our hearts go out to all those caught up in this shocking act of war just over 30 years ago, and who had to endure a truly horrendous experience. The records (released by the Government last year) confirmed Briti...

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April 12, 2022 41 min

Stephen reveals some new details that have come to light since we started making this series, and speaks with someone who was on the ground in Kuwait at the time of the invasion. We also hear from all the human shields we’ve been following, and learn about the personal impact of this horrific ordeal.


Additional material across the series courtesy of Getty, Blakeway Productions, The Parliamentary Recording Unit and C-Span.


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Coming soon - The Secret History of the Estonia. A tale of secrets, smugglers and spies and how 852 people died on a ferry. 

From the team behind The Secret History of Flight 149, journalist Stephen Davis investigates the tragic sinking of the passenger ship The Estonia, uncovering a mysterious trail that leads back to the Cold War.

Episodes released weekly from January 9th 2023, with the whole series available ad-free on the Crowd S...

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January 9, 2023 53 min

In the first episode of The Secret History of the Estonia, investigative journalist Stephen Davis hears remarkable eyewitness accounts from four survivors of the tragedy.  

The Estonia sets sail from Tallinn port on the 27th September 1994, heading across the Baltic Sea to Stockholm. It’s a routine crossing for the passengers and crew. But in the middle of the night the ferry suddenly starts taking on water. There’s a raging storm o...

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January 16, 2023 43 min

This episode has been released early for Crowd Stories subscribers. It will be available for free on 16 January 2023. To listen to the entire series without adverts, subscribe to the Crowd Stories channel on Apple Podcasts. 


Survivors share harrowing eye witness accounts of the aftermath of the sinking in freezing conditions in a Baltic storm. 

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Presenter: Stephen Davis

Producer: Sa...

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January 23, 2023 39 min

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In the days after the sinking, the scale of the tragedy becomes clearer. But why does mystery still surround the survivors list? What happened to the missing crew? Stephen speaks with family members of victims, still dealing with the effects of the disaster to this day.


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The authorities must decide how to deal with the disaster. Will they choose to salvage the ship and the victims? Stephen speaks with campaigners who have dedicated many years to uncovering the truth behind the sinking.

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Presenter: Stephen Davis

Producer: Samantha Psyk

Mixing and Sound Design: Rory Auskerry

Voiceover: Johan Lindquist

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February 6, 2023 44 min

This episode has been released early for Crowd Stories subscribers. It will be available for free on 6 February 2023. To listen to the entire series without adverts, subscribe to the Crowd Stories channel on Apple Podcasts.


Stephen reveals what led him to start investigating the Estonia mystery. The trail leads him back to the Cold War and to a backdrop of secrets and spies.


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