“No matter how important a man at sea may consider himself, unless he is fundamentally worthy, the Sea will find him out …
If a wrong move is made at sea, in a critical moment, death may be the penalty … not only to one but to many.
Incompetence may prevail upon the shore, but at sea, sooner or later it will be ruthlessly uncovered and utter disaster will follow in its wake.”
Felix Riesenberg … 1922
Quite often disasters at sea are the result, not of gross dereliction of duty, or even minor dereliction, but to the accumulation of the effects of a series of small inattentions to some detail or other, any one of which, taken by itself, would appear to be inconsequential.