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.
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.
- Italy – New evidence against Costa Concordia captain (laaska.wordpress.com)
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- Costa Concordia: Captain Schettino weeps remorsefully (bangaricontentgallery.com)
- Cruise ship sinking: Concordias captain ready to accept blame (scotsman.com)