Many,many years ago I was working at sea on a clam dredge. We pulled up something very important in the dredge and layed it on deck
. We intended to call the Coast Guard and report it. The Captain
came out on deck
and saw it. He ordered us to throw it back in the ocean and keep our mouths shut or we would never work another clam dredge again. Since we were all very young and making over $1,500 a week and wanted to keep our jobs we did as ordered. I can't say what it was but it was fairly receint as there were no barnacles
or even grass growing on it yet. The numbers on it would have been very important to the authorities had we even thought to write them down. But, being young and having been threatened and ordered by the Captain
we felt it was manditory to do as we were ordered. To this day I feel this was wrong and the Captain should not have put his entire crew in that position.