They do have lives too ya know, they can't get on every single game right away, they have others to. Just have patience, after all, this is something they do because they want to do it - not because they have to
Can we get some extra instructions on how the ship options (health/cannons/crew) work?
It says to click on a ship but in which area of the game?
As a convoy? During warship selection within a convoy? In battle on the right hand side?
I've tried just highlighting a convoy and pressing the options, that seemed to try to do something to the most powerful ship. It's health disappeared entirely (all black), but when the fleet engaged in combat there was no change - the values were all normal.