posted on Dec, 14 2004 @ 06:04 PM
The captain of the ship is no mans friend on board- and the captain has broad authority. Sailing, st sea, you are under martial law as a crew member,
what the captain says, basically, is the law.
Now, I have seen captains lose their perspective in the midst of all this power and authority. Take for example the Cajun ocean going tug captain,
who worked for Otto Candies, a company located just out of New Orleans. He picked up some stow aways in Guyana, and instead of doing what is law,
taking them in custody and turning over to INS/ Customs upon arrival (the company is liable for the cost) he gives each stowaway a life jacket, from
the vessel, (Adelle Candies, the name of the vessel, plainly writen on each jacket) a gallon of water, and forces them to jump off the barge by
discharging flares at them repeatedly. He forced them to jump of the coast of Jaimaica, where there are plenty sharks.How stupid, huh? I was supposed
to be on this trip, however ended up relieving this crew when they hit the states. Of course, every federal agency was there for about 2 months, what
And this case sounds as if the captain kind of lost it, and it happens on board ships. There was no mutiny, however. Alcoholism prevails among the
ranks of seaman, and most captains I worked with were. Take the solitude, authority, responsibility, add it all up and well, go figure. Some can
handle the pressure, some cannot.