Why can a ship captain perform marriage?
Some captains obtain other credentials (such as ordination as ministers of religion or accreditation as notaries public), which allow them to perform marriages in some jurisdictions where they would otherwise not be permitted to do so.
Can a ships captain marry you UK?
The USA and the UK explicitly forbids ship captains to perform marriages. Indeed, the British Mercantile Marine Office in official logbooks supplied to ship captains warn that shipboard marriages performed by the captain are not legal. Marriage is a civil matter.
Can a captain leave a sinking ship?
If a ship is sinking, maritime tradition dictates that the captain ensures the safe evacuation of every passenger before he evacuates himself. He (or she) is responsible for the lives of those onboard, and he can't coordinate their exit unless he's the last person off.
Can a captain of a ship marry a couple in Canada?
A ship's captain generally does NOT have the legal right to officiate a wedding at sea. In order for a Captain of a ship to perform a marriage at sea, he must also be a judge, a justice of the peace, a minister, or an officially recognized officiant such as a Notary Public.