On 24 May 2007 the following email was sent to the CEO designate of Lloyd's Register:
Dear Mr *********,
I am writing to you on the subject of the 2004 Re-opened Formal Investigation into the sinking of the trawler Gaul.
I would be very interested in your opinion on the research papers, critical comments and disclosures that have recently been published on the following sites:
As your staff appear to have visited the above web pages, I assume that LR has already formed an opinion on this rather controversial subject - opinion which, I hope, you may be willing to share with us.
Moreover, as LR is the society that classed the vessel and also had one of its principal surveyors appointed as assessor in the 2004 RFI, your input could be very informative.
Looking forward to your reply, I thank you in advance.
The above email and the rest of the exchange is published at this LINK; the final answer, though, is still pending.
OBS.> The LRS claim that the chutes on the Gaul were "constructed in accordance with class and statutory requirements" is incorrect. We will explain more about this in the near future.