Almost as soon as the ship was unleashed into the waters, it started sinking. Two groups formed out of those on board. The minority said "Go back! Swim to the shore!", but were shouted down. Those who most loudly proclaimed "Come, this is no problem - let us simply remove the water as it builds up!" were raised above their peers. The minority shook their heads, and, one by one, they deserted the ship to swim back. Those who remained, remained only to try to persuade the others of the futility of their attempts, though they, too, eventually fled, for their own safety.
As the ship sailed on, the water began to seep in faster and faster. The efforts of those on board were not enough to stem the flow of water dragging them down. However, even as they waded up to their knees on the top deck, they were adamant in their desire to keep going forward, driven by the rhetoric of those more equal than them. Finally, the ship sank completely, taking all aboard down into the waters with it. Those who had swum back to the shore could only look on in dismay, as those they had set off with disappeared into the depths.
"Never again shall we attempt to build a ship without a hull".