Incorrect, I joined a battle, Informed the people in the battle ( who were away from the sinking ships ) that I was going to ferry my way over to them as I was closer and the more nimble ships to grab the loot for them. As the ships were already below water, and they would not have made it to the vessels before they completely sank.
I said in text 3-4 times that I was going to trade the loot to them in open seas once the battle was over.
The 3 ships that joined the battle post proceeded to shoot me after.
And continued to shoot me as i repeated my intentions, which they ignored.
After they mocked me, they merely wanted to shoot a smaller friendly ship.
It's all in the text logs - which the admins can view in game.
as well as shown in the screen shots.