I am starting this new thread to open a discussion on not only the sinking of the Spence but any other situation that could or did lead to having to consider abandoning the vessel.
There was a Picture posted on Facebook that showed the Spence going Down with what looked like the stern Flood Lights still burning while the sea condition looked to be near Flat Calm.
This Event brought back a lot of memories of the sinking of the OSG Valour. She also went down with Lights Burning. , While none of us were onboard either of these Tugs, I still have to wonder why what happened and why did they abandon Ship when they did?
As a CE, I have a hard problem understanding why they got off of a boat that still had power (and in the Spence event in GOOD Weather) without trying to do anything and everything before abandoning ship! Hell, I would have been pumping Fuel overboard. Now if they lost a Shaft then all bets are off.
In the Case of the OSG Valour, (I personally knew many of the Crew and lost someone that I knew really well), the pictures show them on the bow with what looks like smoke still coming from the stacks. What gets me is WHY in HELL did they not Hook her up and at least head for shallow water before it got to the point of having to get off? Also, I have a lot of questions about the Captain’s decisions. This comes from me knowing him personally and having sailed with him when he was a Mate.
So, here is my Question. What are your feelings on dealing with a condition such as the Valour and the Spence? Without having the knowledge of being there we can only speculate of what happened. What I am looking for is a discussion on what you would be trying and also when you would give up and get ready to get the hell off.
I have been in several instances where we started taking on water from either a hull leak (a wasted plate on a sea chest and having hatches come off on void spaces) that could have had a very different ending if we had not been very lucky. I am in NO way trying to make myself out as a SUPER Chief as I never considered myself like that, only that I was lucky in that everything worked out as it did and we were able to control the flooding and make back into port.