The line(s) parted around the chocks (fairleads) on the ship due to chafe and pressure from the wind. (as told to me by the Master and chief mate when I undocked the ship, but I suspect that still will not be enough for the conspiracy theorists) The only thing that kept both ships from coming away from their berths completely was the huge stern ramps.
Meaning, the line did not break (or according to some conspiracy theorists, cut) down near the eye splice accessible from the dock.
So, in order for the conspiracy theorists to be correct, an evildoer would have had to climb up the line from the dock some 40 or 50 feet (over the near freezing water in 50 knots of wind) to cut it just outside the bulwarks of the ship.
In other words, a suicide mission. It never happened.
Yep, I would go with Tristan on this one.
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