They could have gone back to Galveston.. but the ship had to go to Mobile later anyways.
Mobile is a little closer to where they were.
What I don't understand is- is it not fricking cold in Galveston in February? So many of these idiots are like "we didn't expect it to be cold". It's not like they were on a one way trip to Mexico?
Btw- this dude on CNN has taken a shitpile of Lortab.