For some reason I found myself thinking of some of the Guys that I sailed with that are no longer with us due to accidents at sea.
Made me wonder if anyone had ever made their mind up that they would NOT sail with XXXX if they thought it might endanger their lives.
I spent a good amount of my time sailing on Tug and Barges, ending my career on Large ATB’s. There were many times where the Office or Charterer forced us to sail when it might have been smarter to stay in Port. They did this by either belittling the Captain or out right lying about having a lay berth when they knew none was available. It takes a very strong Captain to stand their ground but I have seen way to many decide to go after swearing that they would Never be pressured into going and finally say “I think we will be Ok” and sail with no other option besides straight into a Storm.
Now, I was very lucky to have sailed with Many Captains that I would have gone anywhere with. This is not to say that I liked them but I did respect them.
There were others that I had decided that if need be I would have walked and faced the music afterwards.
One thing that does worry me and that is that in the VERY near future there will be Captains and Mates sailing on Large Seagoing ATB’s that have never had to get on a tow wire in bad weather.
Now, just to be honest I am sure that there were some that did not like me and might have felt the same way about me.
I am sure that their will be those that will say, it is up to the Captain and Only the Captain on whether to sail or not and they will be correct but that does not mean that they will make the right decision for the correct reason.