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    A Tale of Two Captains

    From CNN back in 2012:
    https://www.cnn.com/2012/01/18/opini...ain/index.html
    Captain Francesco Schettino of the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia reportedly jumped ship while many passengers were still aboard, after carelessly running the ship onto the rocks. He was imprisoned for his deeds. In comparison, Capt. Piero Calamai of the liner Andrea Doria, although he made serious navigation and judgment errors that contributed to the 1956 collision with Stockholm, did exactly what a captain should do afterward. He stayed with the ship, reportedly did the best he could to manage the evacuation, and was the last survivor to leave the ship. He reportedly had wished to go down with the ship, but his officers persuaded him not to do so. The writer characterized him as a tragic but respectable figure in maritime history.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hornblower View Post
    From CNN back in 2012:
    https://www.cnn.com/2012/01/18/opini...ain/index.html
    Captain Francesco Schettino of the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia reportedly jumped ship while many passengers were still aboard, after carelessly running the ship onto the rocks. He was imprisoned for his deeds. In comparison, Capt. Piero Calamai of the liner Andrea Doria, although he made serious navigation and judgment errors that contributed to the 1956 collision with Stockholm, did exactly what a captain should do afterward. He stayed with the ship, reportedly did the best he could to manage the evacuation, and was the last survivor to leave the ship. He reportedly had wished to go down with the ship, but his officers persuaded him not to do so. The writer characterized him as a tragic but respectable figure in maritime history.

    Thanks for a brief reminder of these two tragedies.

    As a little bit of trivia the "Stockholm" is still in service despite being launched some 73 years ago. She is now named "Astoria" and will be doing cruises off Mexico later this year. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MV_Astoria At my count she has sailed under 11 names with a number of different owners, including the DDR (East Germany) at one time. She used to do summer cruises out of Fremantle, the port of Perth, for a few years which is how I became aware of her history. Not that it was mentioned in the Cruise Adverts. She is obviously a tough ship.
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