The Rats Wait for No One

A ship foundering beneath you was hardly “routine” in that regular tea-and-toast sense: it was an unusual matter of life and death. But a well-instilled concept of duty told the captain how he must behave as the seafarer with ultimate responsibility for the ship and her crew: he must, if it could at all be managed, be the last man off.

via Why must a captain never leave a sinking ship? | World news | The Guardian.

Could he have known in advance that he was not up to the mark, that no man was less fitted than he for such an emergency? I hope it is not taken for lack of sympathy for the victims and their relations to say that, on the scale of human monstrosity, the captain does not climb very high. His place on the scale of human weakness is another matter.

via Concordia disaster: Should a captain go down with his ship? – Telegraph.


2 thoughts on “The Rats Wait for No One

  1. When all the data is in about this tragedy, it will be interesting to see how it compares to the sinking of the Titanic. It will show how people of different cultures, 100 years apart in human history, deal with a sinking ship. Is it still woman and children first? Remember, that was a time before woman were allowed in combat roles. No matter, it should ALWAYS be: Captain is the last man/woman off the ship!

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