Intense heat had melted his anti-flash gloves into his hands and wrists, so he picked out pieces of rubber from his flesh and tore away folds of skin that hung loose. Otherwise, there was little he could do but watch his crew abandon ship. "It was all remarkably orderly and calm," he wrote in Four Weeks in May, his account of the Coventry's last voyage. "I never discovered who gave the general order to abandon ship. Perhaps no one did. But people very sensibly just carried on and did it. It was the only thing to do. I presume I had been considered a casualty and no longer fit to command the ship or give any orders."
David Hart Dyke is a captain who managed not to stumble overboard into a lifeboat.