It’s either that or go home and listen to his mother-in-law.

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Cause they'll lynch him if he makes it back to shore. Could you image what life Edward Smith (captain of the Titanic) would have faced if he made it back on one of those lifeboats?

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Protocol

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As the Captain, I am responsible to make sure that everyone else is safe.... So, we stay and try to save the ship right up to the end... Also, the theory is that if you lost on ship, you won't get another...

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A captain doesn't "have" to go down with the ship, he only has to go down with the ship if there are passengers or crew left on the ship that can not escape. Only then must the Captain go down with the ship.

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Though some have been so shamed by their actions (particularly in a battle) that they've chosen to die with the ship rather than face disgrace.

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That's a shame, because a captain shouldn't worry about losing "one" battle, he should be concerned about winning the war.

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