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Re: Rudder lost at sea and rescue
They could have let the shipwrights on board the big ship help them build a transom hung rudder of some sort instead of abandoning ship!
Realistically this wouldn't be all that easy. And then who's to say the new rudder wouldn't also fail after a bit of use.
In the mean time a very expensive big ship has to stay around. It'd probably be more expensive for that large ship to stay where it was for a couple hours than the smaller ship was worth.