Rylan wrote:I wish I was Italian. They have some badass sweet sounding names.
The first victim from the Costa Concordia disaster was identified Wednesday — Sandor Feher, 38, a violinist from Hungary who had been working as an entertainer on the stricken cruise ship.
Jozsef Balog, a pianist who worked with Feher on the ship, told the newspaper Blikk that Feher was wearing a life jacket when he decided to return to his cabin to pack his violin. Feher was last seen on deck en route to the area where he was supposed to board a lifeboat.
According to Balog, Feher helped put life jackets on several crying children before returning to his cabin.
When I first heard about the Costa Concordia, I thought back to the guidance that Alexander Hamilton provided in 1790 to the captains of the first 10 cutters of the U.S. Revenue Marine -- the precursor to the Coast Guard. Hamilton advised that they had been "selected with careful attention to character" and told them to "Refrain from haughtiness, rudeness, or insult" and to "Endeavor to overcome difficulties by a cool and temperate perseverance in your duty." He declared that a captain's demeanor and behavior must "be marked with prudence, moderation, and good temper. Upon these qualities must depend the success, usefulness and ... continuance of the establishment in which they are included."
An off duty captain, Roberto Bosio, happened to be on board the Costa Concordia when it ran aground and swung into action, helping dozens of women and children into lifeboats. He has been called a hero in the Italian press, but rejects the moniker. "Don't call me a hero. I just did my duty, the duty of a sea captain," he said. Captain Bosio met Alexander Hamilton's charge. Captain Schettino failed to do so in every imaginable way.
tifosi77 wrote:Wow, didn't know there was a Coastie muckety muck from 'Toona. :thumb:
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