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 Sinking ship - help, please! 
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Post Sinking ship - help, please!
I know Susan and I have spoken of this over the years, but, for the moment, the officer's name escapes us.

With the unfortunate disaster of the Costa Concordia, I was trying to think of the name of the naval officer of the days of yore who stayed with his vessel as she sank, thus, I believe, starting the tradition of a captain remaining with his ship. I believe he was RN.

Can anyone help, please?

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Doesn't quite answer your question, but there's a bit of discussion of the history of abandoning ship or not, in this article.

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Alison wrote:
Doesn't quite answer your question, but there's a bit of discussion of the history of abandoning ship or not, in this article.



....thanks for that, Alison. I've long been an enthusiast of the Plantagenets but I didn't know that about Eleanor of Aquitaine.

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Do you think the story might have been in that (late Victorian) collection of stories of heroic deeds? Unfortunately, my brain fails me. I can't think of the name and the title at this time.

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susan wrote:
Do you think the story might have been in that (late Victorian) collection of stories of heroic deeds? Unfortunately, my brain fails me. I can't think of the name and the title at this time.



Thanks. I think you mean Giffard's Deeds of Naval Daring.?

I got my copy out and recall the story of Lieutenant Inman staying with the Hector until all were off before he left the ship himself. p.157 of the Google copy, or 110 of the hard copy itself.

I don't think the event is what I have in mind, but will continue looking.

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Mil Goose wrote:
Thanks. I think you mean Giffard's Deeds of Naval Daring.?

Yes, that's it!

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So I wonder at what point it became more than a tradition but a legal requirement? At least in some jurisdictions. One of the things the Costa Concordia's captain is being charged with is "not having been the last to leave", right up there with manslaughter.

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Alison wrote:
So I wonder at what point it became more than a tradition but a legal requirement? At least in some jurisdictions. One of the things the Costa Concordia's captain is being charged with is "not having been the last to leave", right up there with manslaughter.

As you pointed out, prosecution for a captain abandoning ship prematurely isn't part of international maritime law. Italy happens to be one country, where it is a crime. It would be interesting to find out what other countries also have made it a legal requirement.

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