El Faro testimony focuses on Maine captain
PORTLAND (WGME) -- In the federal hearing into the sinking of the cargo ship El Faro, much of Thursday's testimony was about Windham native and Ship Captain Michael Davidson.
According to an email read Thursday, written a week before the ship sank, Captain Davidson felt he was being taken advantage of by the company and was uncertain about his future.
Former Crewing Manager Melissa Cark testified Thursday morning.
She says she had concerns about Davidson in the months leading up to the ship sinking, and wrote about dwindling confidence in his leadership.
She says some crew members expressed frustration with Davidson.
Davidson wanted a promotion on a new line of ships, but said he didn't yet know if he would be captain on that new line of vessels.
An attorney for Davidson's widow worked to establish that for Captain Davidson, safety was a top priority.
As for making the trip in a hurricane or other bad weather, a now-retired captain on El Faro's sister ship testified he would take a different route if he thought it was necessary and doesn't recall ever getting push back from the company for that decision.