A young ensign had nearly completed his first overseas tour of sea duty when
he was given an opportunity to display his ability at getting the ship under
way. With a stream of crisp commands, he had the decks buzzing with men. The
ship steamed out of the channel and soon the port was far behind.

The ensign's efficiency has been remarkable. In fact, the deck was abuzz
with talk that he had set a new record for getting a destroyer under way.
The ensign glowed at his accomplishment and was not all surprised when
another seaman approached him with a message from the captain.

He was, however, a bit surprised to find that it was a radio message, and he
was even more surprised when he read, "My personal congratulations upon
completing your underway preparation exercise according to the book and with
amazing speed. In your haste, however, you have overlooked one of the
unwritten rules -- Make Sure The Captain Is Aboard Before Getting Under
Way."