Originally Posted by PCP
I guess you are missing a point. Maybe if he was a sailor he could just say: "the hell with it, I am not going to risk my live, I quit."
But he is second in Command, tried to change the Captain judgement about sailing, he knows that he is going to sail with or without him, he knows that the crew revers the Captain and that it will go with him no matter what he does. He knows that he is one of the few with experience and that the chances to make it without him would be a lot smaller and he risks his life to give a better chance to the crew.
You make a very good point, and that is a very fair criticism of what I said.
As the Chief Mate, perhaps it was the only decision he could make if he thought it was up to him to protect those who went out to sea. However, I don't think he saw it as a suicide mission based on the bits of testimony I have read. However much I praise his loyalty, perhaps his dissent and departure would have had more impact to change the captain's mind.