On the other hand, it's hard for me to imagine Captain Smith thinking:
Try Captain Shackleton for size.
Odds are, the Exeter
would not be in the North Atlantic, but in the deep Antarctic. The wireless would be hard pressed to reach anything at all even in ideal circumstances, and help would arrive within half a year at the earliest if all went well. And unless that help indeed was another polar exploration vessel, she would not cout as "help" but rather as "collateral".
This could well be the norm for starships, with the Intrepid
being an extremely rare exception for actually being in realtime contact with home base. Which of Kirk's own adventures featured such contact? "The Alternative Factor" was about the only one where a big deal was not
made of the slowness of clearing things with Starfleet Command...