Re: sailboat and ferry collide!
This doesn't ring true at all.
If "Hervey told Whaley the Hyak was getting close to the sailboat" and the captain ordered her to “come left and blow the whistle if you feel it is necessary.”, why would Hervey turn toward a boat she was looking at, even if she didn't know port from starboard, or her right from her left?
"Both women were placed on paid administrative assignment." Wow, what a deal; you'd not get that in a commercial road vehicle accident. Neither one should ever be allowed on a bridge again. Ain't it great to work for the state.
"Any idiot can make a boat go; it takes a sailor to stop one." Spike Africa aboard the schooner Wanderer in Sausalito, Ca. 1964.