When faced with escalating rough weather, the captain adopted several protective measures for the ship. He began by lowering the storm jib to slow down the boat and then secured a heavy mooring rope across the stern in a loop. To ensure everything onboard stayed in place, he double-lashed all equipment and supplies. Recognizing the importance of preparedness, he conducted a life raft drill so everyone would know their roles in an emergency situation. For added protection against the elements and to ensure the safety of everyone onboard, he had lifelines attached to the ship and ensured everyone was outfitted in oilskins and life jackets.