If he didn't start out now, they might as well abandon ship and hope for the best.
We haven't abandoned ship in the past, and we're not going to now.
That being the case you'll be able to abandon ship.
It could be time to abandon ship and get back in the water.
With that gone, he gave the order to abandon ship.
In all that time, they'd never had to abandon ship.
They had abandoned ship but somehow we didn't get the word.
He could abandon his ship and yet not lose her.
Or perhaps he simply didn't have much left after being forced to abandon his last ship.
The second in command gave the order to abandon ship.