Posted by: forgingahead | August 21, 2009

Ship Humour

Disclaimer…this is a joke. But it made me fall on the floor laughing.

So I shall share it with you to get the weekend off to a rolicking good start!

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This is based on an actual radio conversation between a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier (U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln) and Canadian authorities ff the coast of Newfoundland in October, 1995. (The radio conversation was released by the Chief of Naval Operations on 10/10/95 authorized by the Freedom of Information Act.)

Canadians: Please divert your course 15 degrees to the South to avoid collision.

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

Canadians: Negative. You will have to 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 Lincoln, the second largest ship inthe US fleet.

We are accompanied by three destroyers, three cruisers and several support vehicles.

I demand that you change your course 15 degrees North.

I say again, that’s one-five degrees North. Or counter measures will be undertaken to ensure the safety of this ship.

Canadians: This is a lighthouse. Your call.



  1. Funny! Us Canadians are so polite.

  2. That is hysterical! Thanks for the laugh.

  3. HAHA – awesome!

  4. and you hope he said real loud and all the subordinates close by heard it and at least snickered obnoxiously!

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