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John was decisive, he said: "Put me in charge and I'll go down with the ship. If you don't I won't", he shouted as he jumped overboard.

--- I think all these words have a figurative meaning, because these guys are not at sea. It's like a conversation between a boss and an employee. It seems to me that John just wanted to say that the boss should let him be the most important guy and if he doesn't he will go away. And he went away (jumped overboard)? This is how I see it. But I'm not sure if "go down with the ship" means what I think it means Emotion: smile
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Traditionally (or legendarily) the captain of a sinking ship remains with it to demonstrate ultimate responsibility and commitment.
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So that guy just said: Put me in charge and I'll stay with you to the end, and if not I'll go away.

The phrase: jumped overboard seems like he resigned, walked away or whatever...
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Yes, his decision seems to be a little premature in the excerpt.
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Ok. Thank you!
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