Posted: Jul 05, 2012 5:22 pm
by Spearthrower

"A captain," he wrote, "can take the time required to evaluate the emergency without creating panic. Only he is responsible, first before God, and then before men."

He said that no-one advised him that they were off the ship's predetermined route and it was only when he saw "white foam" to his left that he realised how close to the rocks they were sailing.

"That was the sign that led me to give the order to steer starboard, by pure instinct. In that moment a divine hand no doubt rested upon my head. If I had continued on that path we would have hit the rocks with the bow. It would have been a catastrophe."