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Old 1st May 2006, 08:56
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Maybe this is a hairy old one but can anyone confirm the story that when the 'Queens' were painted grey and being used as troop carriers they passed within sight of each other in mid-atlantic. One of the Captains sent the following message by aldis lamp 'Snap'. Any one know any other short sharp messages....
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Old 1st May 2006, 11:08
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Quite often to the signal "What ship" the reply would be "VHF"
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Old 1st May 2006, 12:57
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did read in a book some years ago about a destroyer sending a message to a corvette in a rough sea "just seen down funnel fires burning brightly"
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Old 1st May 2006, 13:06
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Following WR's 'what ship' the reply 'JVO'. Being the famous Dutch vessel
Johan Van Oldenbarnevelt. See the other theme Lakonia. This told to me by several deck officers.
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Old 1st May 2006, 13:28
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When I was sailing in 1962, we were off the coast of Virginia, we saw this massive Aircraftcarrier. We flashed them 'What Ship Where Bound" they replied "US Man Of War On Passage" one of the guys onboard my ship identfied it as "USNS ENTERPRISE"
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Old 1st May 2006, 18:29
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Geoff,

This is the transcript of an ACTUAL radio conversation of a US naval ship with Canadian authorities off the coast of Newfoundland in October,1995.

Americans: Please divert your course 15 degrees to the North to avoid
a collision.

Canadians: Recommend you divert YOUR course 15 degrees to the South
to avoid a collision.

Americans: This is the Captain of a US Navy ship. I say again, divert
YOUR course.

Canadians: No. I say again, you divert YOUR course.

Americans: THIS IS THE AIRCRAFT CARRIER USS ENTERPRISE, THE SECOND LARGEST SHIP IN THE UNITED STATES' ATLANTIC FLEET. WE ARE ACCOMPANIED BY THREE DESTROYERS, THREE CRUISERS AND NUMEROUS SUPPORT VESSELS. I DEMAND THAT YOU CHANGE YOUR COURSE 15 DEGREES NORTH, THAT'S ONE FIVE DEGREES NORTH, OR COUNTER-MEASURES WILL BE UNDERTAKEN TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF THIS SHIP.

Canadians: We are a lighthouse. Your call........


True or not???
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Old 1st May 2006, 18:52
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I think you will find that the Cunard QE (my old home) when meeting the RN QE said "snap" not the two Queens.
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Old 1st May 2006, 19:07
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Geoff,

This is the transcript of an ACTUAL radio conversation of a US naval ship with Canadian authorities off the coast of Newfoundland in October,1995.



True or not???
The answer to this will be found at:

http://www.snopes.com/military/lighthse.htm

(No it's not true!)
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Old 1st May 2006, 19:15
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My favorite on this subject is one I read on SN (so apologies to the person who first posted it):
1945 and the Queen Elizabeth is famously en route to collect troops from Egypt who were on the verge of mutiny.
Passing Gibralter a signaller on shore sends 'What ship, where bound?' got no reply and continued to send.
As ship headed for horizon he finally got the reply: 'What rock?'
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Old 1st May 2006, 20:32
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Clockman,

I am only a little surprised that it's not true. I really liked "What ship?" "What rock?".
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Old 2nd May 2006, 13:43
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About the Queen Elizabeth

On one voyage whilst sailing from Canada to the UK on a cargo ship, I was 4th Engineer and had just come off watch at noon, I briefly looked over the side and saw the QEI passing. I went into the C/Engs cabin to give him the log book and I said "Chief we have just passed the Queen Elizabeth" he in his quick witted drunken Liverpool humour, picked up the telephone to the engineroom and told the 3rd Engineer to pull the engine back a notch, he said "We are going too fast"... of course the QEI was going in the opposite direction.
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Old 2nd May 2006, 13:49
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American admiral to British admiral;
"What's it like being in the second biggest navy in the world"?

British admiral to American admiral;
"What's it like being in the second best"?

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Old 2nd May 2006, 14:22
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For a good read & some really cryptic RN signals have a read of "Make a Signal" by Jack Broome RN.
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Old 3rd May 2006, 12:07
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Another QE story - probably apocryphal, but I like to think it's true.

Lookout spotted a periscope following the ship in mid Atlantic. Ship flashed: "Bang.bang, you're dead."
Submarine surfaced and flashed: "You were dead three hours ago."

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Old 3rd May 2006, 16:38
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Another QE story - probably apocryphal, but I like to think it's true.

Lookout spotted a periscope following the ship in mid Atlantic. Ship flashed: "Bang.bang, you're dead."
Submarine surfaced and flashed: "You were dead three hours ago."

John T.
Brilliant John, my sides are still sore from laughing.
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Old 4th May 2006, 00:13
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Quote:
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The answer to this will be found at:

http://www.snopes.com/military/lighthse.htm

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Snopes is a real spoilsport. Grifmar
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Old 28th May 2006, 14:35
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Following WR's 'what ship' the reply 'JVO'. Being the famous Dutch vessel
Johan Van Oldenbarnevelt. See the other theme Lakonia. This told to me by several deck officers.
Hawkey01
When sailing as 2nd Mate in the Singapore area years ago and being prone to calling up ships to while away the time on the middle watch I contacted 'JVO' one night but on asking what ship, instead of JVO I got the whole nine yards. Luckily I got it right the first time and did'nt have to ask him to repeat.

Allan Wareing.
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Old 29th May 2006, 06:50
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I think I may have read it in the Jack Broome book, but one I always liked is:

MTB entering port passes RAF Rescue Boat outward bound. MTB sends, 'Good Luck', RAF return, 'Actually we rely on skill'.

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Old 29th May 2006, 07:12
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heard a tale about hms belfast, a storm (typhoon) brewing up and the skipper decided to run to sea and ride it out. on the way out they passed an american ship comming in to shelter. when the storm died down hms belfast returned to port to find plenty of damage was caused by the storm. american flashed him "how was the storm' belfast replied "what storm"
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Old 29th May 2006, 18:53
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As a cadet on the King George, 1960, approaching Scilly Isles and on watch with the 3rd Mate Jim Wilcox, had a large passenger vessel on the starboard side that we would just manage to pass clear ahead of. However the OOW got excited and started frantic flashing on the Aldis. When we answered he just sent QE, to which Jim replied KG. End of story - QE altered course and went round our stern.
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Old 23rd December 2012, 14:58
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An old BTC Mate told me that just pre WW 2 German ships would sign off with GN BV HH. This would be answered by GN FH
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An R.N. destroyer was sailing from Gib when a Blue Funnel was negotiating the Straits.

R.N.............."We have four "Old Conways" on board,can you better that?"


Bluie..........."Yes, we can better that...............we have none"


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Old 24th December 2012, 02:42
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My answer to Sparkie's one would have been " Yes- one "Old Worcester" - me"
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Old 24th December 2012, 02:47
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One day off the NSW coast, when I was mate of a new style ro-ro "Totara"- all accom. way up by the bow, nothing aft except a small funnel- an Ozzie ship called us up: "Which way youse jokers goin' ?"
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Old 26th December 2012, 19:10
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I had a mate who was Morse code crazy and flashed everything in sight. He had some crackers.

In the Med he was flashed "What Ship?" He replied "Ark Royal, what ship you?" Back came the message "Snap!"

In the Pacific he flashed "What ship?" and back came a yellow light as typically used by our cousins "US Navy" to which he replied "What? All of it?"

There was also a destroyer sailing out of Plymouth flashed by an inbound stablemate "Your fenders are hanging" to which the reply was "We always hang our fenders, they taste better that way!"
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