Nicholas Farrell Nicholas Farrell

Ship of fools

The Italian crew of the Costa Concordia may have been sloppy, but big passenger vessels always feel dangerous to me

Ah, those Italians. Let’s just blame the bloody Eyeties for the catastrophe of the Costa Concordia and have done with it, shall we? That way we don’t have to think too much about the perils of floating citadels in general.

There was something peculiarly Italian about this disaster. The night his ship went down Francesco Schettino, the 52-year-old captain, was in the bar with a striking blonde on his arm who was not his wife.

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