Thursday, May 15, 2008
RMS Titanic: They all said she was unsinkable. But when she sank, it was unthinkable*.
Anyway, what do you do when your ship is sinking? You jump ship. No two ways about it and we seamen have absolutely no qualms about this since it is for the common good. So if any particular 'unsinkable' SOS (Ship of Shame) is set to founder, then why not indeed. A sea captain would encourage his men to abandon ship, even to clamber aboard the enemy's if it is simply a matter of personal survival and after taking everyone's interests at heart. This is also the most practical thing to do and a captain doesn't really need to go down with his ship ... thats simply passé these days.
Dammit sirs, don't patronise me.
(Read Once the defections start, there's no stopping in today's theSun, here)
*This reminds me of the joke about the doctor who had his stethoscope on a young girl's chest when he said,"Big breaths, now".
"Yeth," she said, "and I am only thixteen!"
Logged by The Ancient Mariner at 09:08