History Main / GoingDownWithTheShip

10th Nov '17 8:59:51 AM DrDedman
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** Note that Cromwell was on board as an observer (he was slated to command a submarine group in that operating area). The actual command of Sculpin was in the hands of the 3rd in command by the time it was abandoned due to casualties (said officer was among the survivors). Cromwell went down with the ship, but it wasn't his ship.
3rd Nov '17 11:28:45 PM DeepRed
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* Gordon Lightfoot's ''The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald''

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* Gordon Lightfoot's Music/GordonLightfoot's ''The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald''
3rd Nov '17 11:28:19 PM DeepRed
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In many cases, the captain goes down with the ship because he would [[DrivenToSuicide face major disgrace if he didn't]]--[[DeathEqualsRedemption especially if the ship is only sinking because of his screw-up.]]

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In many cases, the captain goes down with the ship because he would [[DrivenToSuicide face major disgrace disgrace]] [[DirtyCoward if he didn't]]--[[DeathEqualsRedemption especially if the ship is only sinking because of his screw-up.]]
16th Oct '17 8:51:35 PM johnsmithxxi
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* ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987'': Subverted, barely,in "Wronguay in Ronguay". Fighting over a cannon, Glomgold and El Capitan sink their ancient treasure ship. It seems as if El Capitan goes to the bottom with his ship. However, he resurfaces at the end of the episode holding onto some flotsam.
10th Sep '17 2:55:18 AM Psychadelico
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* {{Voltaire}}'s ''This Ship's Going Down'' plays with it. The captain fully intends to go down with the ship, and [[TakingYouWithMe intends the rest of the crew to go with him]].
3rd Aug '17 2:22:30 PM TonyG
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* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheNewAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh'', the characters are playing pirate and their ship springs a leak. Tigger, as the first mate, tells Piglet, who's playing captain, that he must go down with the ship. Piglet then makes Tigger the new captain, who then makes Piglet captain again, and so forth.
16th Jul '17 9:39:07 AM nombretomado
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* PlayedForLaughs in one of the ''Commando War Stories''. A coxswain in WW2 is warned that if he puts a scratch on the landing boat he's steering for shore, the Navy will take it out of his pay. The coxswain quips that now he knows why the captain always goes down with his ship. "I'd hate to fork out for a battleship!"

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* PlayedForLaughs in one of the ''Commando War Stories''. A coxswain in WW2 [=WW2=] is warned that if he puts a scratch on the landing boat he's steering for shore, the Navy will take it out of his pay. The coxswain quips that now he knows why the captain always goes down with his ship. "I'd hate to fork out for a battleship!"
15th Jul '17 9:39:19 AM thatother1dude
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A maritime tradition that, if a ship is sinking, the Captain should remain aboard it, or, at least, [[TheMenFirst be the last one to escape]]. This can also extend to other crewmen, usually so they can oversee and direct passengers onto the lifeboats first. The latter often goes hand in hand with "[[MenAreTheExpendableGender women and children first]]" (leading to jokes where adult men dress in drag or like children). A common twist in comedic works is for the captain to [[YouAreInCommandNow appoint someone else captain]] and let ''them'' go down with the ship. Sometimes, the new captain then uses the "promotion" to reassign the old captain as captain, often going back and forth repeatedly until they both go under.

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A maritime tradition that, if a ship is sinking, the Captain should remain aboard it, or, at least, [[TheMenFirst be the last one to escape]]. This can also extend to other crewmen, usually so they can oversee and direct passengers onto the lifeboats first. The latter often goes hand in hand with "[[MenAreTheExpendableGender women and children first]]" (leading to jokes where adult men dress in drag or like children). A common twist in comedic works is for the captain to [[YouAreInCommandNow [[PromotedToScapegoat appoint someone else captain]] and let ''them'' go down with the ship. Sometimes, the new captain then uses the "promotion" to reassign the old captain as captain, often going back and forth repeatedly until they both go under.
13th Jul '17 4:32:42 AM thatother1dude
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In many cases, the captain goes down with the ship because he would [[DirtyCoward face major disgrace if he didn't]]--[[DeathEqualsRedemption especially if the ship is only sinking because of his screw-up.]]

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In many cases, the captain goes down with the ship because he would [[DirtyCoward [[DrivenToSuicide face major disgrace if he didn't]]--[[DeathEqualsRedemption especially if the ship is only sinking because of his screw-up.]]
1st Jun '17 10:23:11 PM morane
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* Subverted in Jämijärvi skydiving disaster, Finland, 2014. Comp Air 8 carrying skydivers broke up mid-air with the starboard wing strut collapsing and starboard wing folding upon the fuselage, effectively blocking the jump door. The only way out was the cockpit door. The pilot (captain) bailed out first, opening the cockpit door and enabling two skydivers jumping out before the plane crashed to ground. The pilot's actions were essential to enable ''anyone'' to make an emergency jump in such situation.
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