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Title: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: pliget on February 17, 2011, 06:54:55 pm
This shall henceforth be the official thread for these useless but amusing misreads.

So far we have, with "Panda" and "Fat George" additions:

"Boarded butch ship with Bed Slut by idiot. Sighted Fat George. Dated Lifebuoy. Abandon Sky"

(Transl. Boarded Dutch ship with Bed Sheet by accident. Sighted Fort George. Tested Lifebuoy. Abandon Ship")

And another mondegreen courtesy of randi_2's and my misreadings:

Panda empty. Hands to suffer. Hands murdered.

(Transl. Hands employed. Hands to supper. Hands mustered.)

It might be embellished with hyperlinks of the actual text for the misread elements. If someone were able to put little boxes with the misread text somewhere I could link to I will edit this.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Thursday Next on February 17, 2011, 08:27:16 pm
I think it's a great idea to start this thread.  Unfortunately I find most of my misreadings on the Mantua are just complete gibberish.  However, I did puzzle for some time over:

"Passed posthumous float"

before it eventually resolved itself into "passed fisherman's float".
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: cyzaki on February 18, 2011, 07:02:56 am
Could have sworn my logs said 'Sent 20 broken ratings to the "Donegal"'.

Turns out it's 'Stoker ratings', which is much less interesting.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Tegwen on February 18, 2011, 07:31:25 am
Please may I add

HBM Political Agent and Camel arrived on board

Sadly I suspect it is ... and Consul....

Far less interesting
K
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: ElisabethB on February 18, 2011, 10:26:01 am
Let's not forget the classic : Lost overboard by an idiot  ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Geoff on February 18, 2011, 11:57:47 am
Please may I add

HBM Political Agent and Camel arrived on board

Sadly I suspect it is ... and Consul....

Far less interesting
K

Would be even better if it said; "HBM Political Agent and/or Camel arrived on board"  ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: pliget on February 18, 2011, 12:24:20 pm
Let's not forget the classic : Lost overboard by an idiot  ;D

Elisabeth, that is the misread that started the whole thing going in my mind. As someone has said elsewhere, whenever I read "lost overboard by accident" my brain reads "... by idiot".

Maybe we could end up with a whole log :) and post a slow scroll down on Youtube one day :).
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: ElisabethB on February 18, 2011, 12:26:23 pm
I just wanted it to be included in this thread too !  ;) :D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: mutabilitie on February 18, 2011, 03:26:51 pm
'Trainspotting pasty' (for 'transporting party').
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: DJ_59 on February 18, 2011, 04:25:25 pm

These are great.  Lost Overboard by an Idiot should be the title of the book we make a few years from now when all these have been collected.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: pliget on February 18, 2011, 06:44:21 pm
Splendid idea DJ :).

The ideal Christmas book.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: ElisabethB on February 18, 2011, 07:50:35 pm
 ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Kathy on February 19, 2011, 01:03:34 am
What I saw:  Screwed to busy

What it really says:  Secured to buoy

I must admit to a certain amount of gutter thinking on that one, at first... ;D

yours -

Kathy
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: szukacz on February 19, 2011, 08:27:04 am
What I saw:  eaten staff  :D
What it really says:  cantine staff
regards
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: mutabilitie on February 19, 2011, 10:51:31 am
'Brit. Consular centipede' (that was meant to be 'certificate', obviously).;)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Tegwen on February 19, 2011, 08:14:16 pm

Can we add " Hands Mustard" even though it was my reading of another post in the forum rather than a misreading of a log?

K
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Tegwen on February 20, 2011, 09:30:52 am
We must add the wonderful

'Discharged one cat care to hospital'

for Discharged one cot case ....

(With grateful acknowledgement to Szukacz)

K
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Thursday Next on February 20, 2011, 04:25:17 pm
If Strangford doesn't add his own misreading to this thread pretty soon, I'm going to feel compelled to add it for him!
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: mutabilitie on February 20, 2011, 09:38:27 pm
I just read '7 fireman ratings' as '7 human ratings'. Oops.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: jennfurr on February 21, 2011, 03:53:29 pm
warning: do not read this thread while eating peanut M&M's.  It leaves a big mess on the monitor.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Tegwen on February 21, 2011, 04:47:22 pm

I just read: Hands employed working stout boats.


Should have been: Hands employed working about boats.

K
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: ElisabethB on February 21, 2011, 06:05:59 pm
Wishful thinking ?  ;) ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Tegwen on February 21, 2011, 06:16:24 pm

I honestly hadnt considered the beer aspect of the word stout, when I posted the comment.

The picture in my mind was of very short fat boats with sailors struggling to row them.

For those interested here is a link to the Guinness website about the boats they used to move their stout about.

http://www.irishships.com/guinness_boats.html.

They are true stout boats!!!

K
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: farrelly on February 21, 2011, 08:30:19 pm
I just saw "Evening quartets" followed by tea. 

A little Nachtmusik would be nice.

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM53-34133/ADM53-34133-004_0.jpg

I think Jennfurr's warning, above, should be posted higher up in this thread, to avoid any more "Windex moments."   ;)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: ElisabethB on February 21, 2011, 08:32:55 pm
A warning is definitely in order !  ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Thursday Next on February 23, 2011, 04:54:22 pm
"Hands employed cleaning out all boats, refitting fondues"

This rather delightful image was shattered when I turned up the magnification a bit more, to discover that actually they were "refitting fenders".
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: mutabilitie on February 24, 2011, 12:57:03 am
http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM_53-54562/ADM%2053-54562-017_1.jpg
10 am: 'Tested Monday. timing you.'

Still not entirely sure what it actually says because the writing is so tiny ('tested secondary turning gear', perhaps?), but I'm pretty certain that it's not 'Tested Monday'...;)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Thursday Next on February 24, 2011, 01:42:49 pm
I think it's the rather mundane "Tested secondary steering gear" - they've done their best to make it difficult by leaving a huge gap between the "s" and the "t" in "steering" but as the next entry is "Resumed main steering gear" that gave me a clue!
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: mutabilitie on February 24, 2011, 01:56:14 pm
I think it's the rather mundane "Tested secondary steering gear" - they've done their best to make it difficult by leaving a huge gap between the "s" and the "t" in "steering" but as the next entry is "Resumed main steering gear" that gave me a clue!
Clever - I'd never have spotted that, but I think you're right. Care to rejoin the Patia?;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Thursday Next on February 24, 2011, 02:12:07 pm
[ Care to rejoin the Patia?;D

Thanks, but I think I'll stay with the Mantua - but I'll wave when we Challenge and Reply!  ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: cyzaki on February 24, 2011, 05:57:51 pm
Not a misreading as such, more not reading the whole thing, but I just had 'Eduardo arrived' in the log. I thought 'Oh, did he?!' nudge nudge wink wink  :-* :-* and all that, he must have been something pretty amazing to be recorded in the log!  ;D :D ;D Then I saw 'S S' before Eduardo. Not as interesting   ::)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Kathy on February 24, 2011, 09:51:00 pm
On the Foxglove, the optional hands are to bathe - I wonder about the required hands  ;D (See the 5:35 pm entry)

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM%2053-77620/ADM%2053-77620-0026_0.jpg

(Yes, I know this is not a misreading of the text, but it just struck me as funny!  :D ;D)

Yours -

Kathy W.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: cyzaki on February 24, 2011, 10:01:30 pm
I presume it means the order 'hands to bathe' is optional - they don't have to leap over the side of the ship if they don't fancy it.

Interesting to think that 'hands to bathe' might not always be optional - I don't think I'd fancy being forced to dive into the open sea  :-\
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Randi on February 25, 2011, 11:51:48 am
Let's not forget the classic : Lost overboard by an idiot  ;D

I think that THAT ONE belongs on the Old Weather home page! Of course, most people wouldn't understand... But you could say FIND OUT MORE...
Perhaps some of these should be put in a blog. PRECEEDED with JennFurr's warning!
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Randi on February 25, 2011, 12:19:11 pm
Early one morning on the "Avoca" I read:
Co. and speed as req to come up to collision.

I couldn't believe that they wanted to wreck their ship, and in fact they wanted to coal their ship. It was collier rather than collision.


One I read elsewhere in the forum, from someone who didn't know that a whaler is a boat, is "hoisted whales"


(I've also learned the origin and meaning of the word mondegreen ;D)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Tegwen on February 25, 2011, 01:58:56 pm


At least it wasnt Hoisted Wales.

K
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: farrelly on February 26, 2011, 06:10:53 pm
I presume it means the order 'hands to bathe' is optional - they don't have to leap over the side of the ship if they don't fancy it.

Interesting to think that 'hands to bathe' might not always be optional - I don't think I'd fancy being forced to dive into the open sea  :-\

yet that's exactly what I imagine whenever I read "Hands fall in . . ."   ;)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Thursday Next on February 26, 2011, 06:26:36 pm
I guess Strangford isn't spending much time on the forum these days, so I'm going to add his mondegreen on his behalf:

"Piranhas choked in messdecks"

which proved to be the rather more prosaic "pumps"!
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Kathy on February 27, 2011, 06:38:07 pm
Please see the 9.50 log entry, which upon first glance is rather shocking.  ;D

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM%2053-77621/ADM%2053-77621-0013_1.jpg

Yours -

Kathy W.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Thursday Next on February 27, 2011, 06:40:08 pm
I think you get first prize for that one, Kathy!
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: mutabilitie on February 28, 2011, 01:42:50 am
Ha, I don't think my paltry 'singled up lawyers' can compete with that... ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: szukacz on February 28, 2011, 08:04:28 am
 ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
ROFL ROFL ROFL
First for Kathy!
OMG I do not believe what I see
rgds
ps.
oh those tourists!
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Tegwen on February 28, 2011, 05:31:49 pm
Perhaps less of a mondegreen than a stray thought

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM_53-53180/ADM%2053-53180-025_1.jpg
This is a bad scan, but see the entry just above 12N

The question is whether 3 pdr stripping is heavier or lighter than that in the Full Monty??

K
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: cyzaki on February 28, 2011, 06:12:23 pm
Perhaps less of a mondegreen than a stray thought

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM_53-53180/ADM%2053-53180-025_1.jpg
This is a bad scan, but see the entry just above 12N

The question is whether 3 pdr stripping is heavier or lighter than that in the Full Monty??

K

No idea, but if it's marines doing it, I'd be happy to be in the audience!
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Kathy on February 28, 2011, 06:19:04 pm
Oh my, yes!

 :P ;D

yours -

Kathy W.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: mutabilitie on March 01, 2011, 12:30:15 am
http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM_53-54565/ADM%2053-54565-007_1.jpg
7pm: 'Clown patrol left ship'.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: shippeb on March 01, 2011, 09:15:05 am
http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM_53-54565/ADM%2053-54565-007_1.jpg
7pm: 'Clown patrol left ship'.

It's funny, because to me it's "Gown patrol".  Well, they are sailors, after all!  probably perfectly happy to patrol for gowns and what's under them...
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: mutabilitie on March 01, 2011, 09:36:34 am
Well, it must be 'Town', obviously, but if I didn't know any better, I'd still read it as 'Clown'.;)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: cyzaki on March 03, 2011, 09:01:32 pm
LOL

(http://i1201.photobucket.com/albums/bb352/Fiona_Wynn/LOL.jpg)

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM53-37095/ADM-53-37095-029_1.jpg
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: ElisabethB on March 03, 2011, 09:10:40 pm
 ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: mutabilitie on March 06, 2011, 10:35:56 pm
"8.45am: butter returned to ship".
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Tegwen on March 07, 2011, 09:12:20 pm

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM53-38068/ADM-53-38068-036_0.jpg
06.45 entry.

I read it first as Prepared for drink.

Sadly it is Prepared for drill.

K
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: mutabilitie on March 07, 2011, 09:29:12 pm

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM53-38068/ADM-53-38068-036_0.jpg
06.45 entry.

I read it first as Prepared for drink.

Sadly it is Prepared for drill.

K
Were you having a Father Ted moment there?;)

'Drink! Drink! Drink! Drink!!'
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: mutabilitie on March 07, 2011, 10:19:40 pm
'Two tigers assisting ship'.
Sadly it turned out to be 'tugs'. How boring.:(
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Tegwen on March 07, 2011, 11:15:08 pm
Were you having a Father Ted moment there?;)


Well the sun is long over the yardarm!!

K
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: mutabilitie on March 09, 2011, 10:26:13 am
'Gangway & marriage tended' (Gangway & moorings tended).
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Kathy on March 10, 2011, 09:16:43 pm
http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM%2053-77622/ADM%2053-77622-0015_0.jpg

0815  Up all hags

 ;D

yours -

Kathy W.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: mutabilitie on March 10, 2011, 10:10:18 pm
http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM%2053-77622/ADM%2053-77622-0015_0.jpg

0815  Up all hags

 ;D

yours -

Kathy W.
Personally I find '5.45 Hands sembling ducks with sand' and '7.45 Buckfest' far weirder... ;)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: DJ_59 on March 11, 2011, 12:56:41 am

I'm picturing the boat deck overflowing with sailors doing the duckwalk and quacking.  It's really disturbing.  And I don't wanna know what Buckfest is.  :(

Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Janet Jaguar on March 11, 2011, 01:22:15 am

I'm picturing the boat deck overflowing with sailors doing the duckwalk and quacking.  It's really disturbing.  And I don't wanna know what Buckfest is.  :(

A festival of bucking broncos? ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Kathy on March 11, 2011, 01:59:35 am
 ;D ;D

now see, those entries were very easy to me to read: hands scrubbing decks with sand and then breakfast - I guess I don't miss-read them BECAUSE EVERY LOG PAGE has those two (or that wonderful variation hands clearing decks ;D ) - frankly, I don't even see them anymore  ;D but the bag one threw me for a loop, at first.

yours -

Kathy W.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: mutabilitie on March 11, 2011, 08:13:16 am

I'm picturing the boat deck overflowing with sailors doing the duckwalk and quacking.  It's really disturbing.  And I don't wanna know what Buckfest is.  :(

A festival of bucking broncos? ;D
Or, as some people would call it, a force 10 storm.;)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: shippeb on March 14, 2011, 04:10:46 pm
HMS Yarmouth, in Bermuda, 3 Dec 1919.  http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM53-69210/ADM53-69210-138_1.jpg

11.5 HMS Constance flying flag of V.A. Imogen Singer arrived and secured alongside.

All I can say is, thank goodness for Google!
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Kathy on March 16, 2011, 12:43:40 pm
a new one (what would we do for entertainment if we didn't have this?  ;D):

what I saw:  Reauthorised concussion payment (note:  for those following other threads, my spell checker does not like the way Reauthorised is spelled  :D )

what it is:  Reauthorised concession payment

(A person could really bang her head against this one  ;) )

yours -

Kathy W.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: cyzaki on March 20, 2011, 05:59:27 pm
Houseparty boatsick:

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM%2053-58282/ADM%2053-58282-037_1.jpg

I'm reliably informed (by thursdaynext) that it actually says 'Hands painting boats etc'.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: farrelly on March 20, 2011, 10:48:48 pm
Hey Wonganella logkeeper -- keep your thoughts about the night watchman to yourself!

(see 3 am)
http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM%2053-68924/ADM%2053-68924-008_1.jpg
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: cyzaki on March 21, 2011, 07:01:48 am
Not just 3am!
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: mutabilitie on March 21, 2011, 09:10:42 am
And it's not just night watchman P.G. Morgan, but the watchmen D.R. McCutchan and J.C.V. Morgan as well that the log-keeper is commenting on.;)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: ElisabethB on March 21, 2011, 08:22:10 pm
I made the mistake of checking the OW forum while at work. Imagine my co-workers weird looks while I sniggered my way through this thread !  ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Thursday Next on March 22, 2011, 09:16:22 pm
http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM_53-48297/ADM%2053-48297-009_0.jpg

12.45 "1 Fireman and 1 book discharged to hospital"

Now that cyzaki tells me that it is actually "Cook" I can see it.

(I've already made the joke about it being "The English Patient" - but I'm sure there are lots of other possibilities!)

Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: mutabilitie on March 22, 2011, 11:54:10 pm
That's exactly how I write my b's, so I'd have read it as 'book' as well.:)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: mutabilitie on March 25, 2011, 03:16:51 pm
Not strictly a mondegreen, as it's clearly legible this time, but my ship has just had a visit from Imogen as well: http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM_53-54573/ADM%2053-54573-004_1.jpg
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Kathy on March 25, 2011, 03:29:18 pm
what seems to me to be a very rude thing to do to the crew first thing in the morning!

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM%2053-77624/ADM%2053-77624-0014_0.jpg

it is really called the hands

 ;D

yours -

Kathy W.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Helen J on March 25, 2011, 07:10:43 pm
The 6am entry looks unfortunate to me too!  ;D  Hope at least they're scrubbing their own ....
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: cyzaki on March 25, 2011, 07:35:41 pm
Not so much a mondegreen, but I've been seeing a lot of sailors scrubbing poop, and marines painting on poop.

I guess they've got to keep themselves amused somehow...
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Kathy on March 25, 2011, 07:38:01 pm
lol - I didn't see that for the 6:00am entry -

you know is bad when you have to scrub all these items!
 ;D

yours -

Kathy W.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: mutabilitie on March 27, 2011, 10:37:29 pm
"Ship in position moved firecraft" (Ship in position moored fore & aft).
Also "hands fall in trash down decks" (hands fall in & wash down decks).
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: CHommel on March 29, 2011, 09:47:00 pm
Merlin's log, 27 November 1918:

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM_53-49089/ADM%2053-49089-004_0.jpg

10.00 Carried out basin trial.  Tried steering gear telegraphs & [onions?] All correct. 

Any better ideas what they tried out besides the steering gear and the telegraph equipment?
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Helen J on March 29, 2011, 09:54:51 pm
Looks like it begins 'soi' to me but then it tails off into something entirely indecipherable.  And I can't think of anything sensible beginning 'soi'.

Helen J
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: mutabilitie on March 29, 2011, 11:00:25 pm
http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM_53-54575/ADM%2053-54575-011_1.jpg
'7am: Received fifteen bags of Dictators'.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: CHommel on March 29, 2011, 11:03:09 pm
http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM_53-54575/ADM%2053-54575-011_1.jpg
'7am: Received fifteen bags of Dictators'.

Isn't that "Potatoes"?   :D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: mutabilitie on March 29, 2011, 11:05:11 pm
It probably is, but you'll have to admit that it does look like 'Dictators' at first sight. ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: CHommel on March 29, 2011, 11:06:55 pm
 :D  Yes, I can see the resemblance...
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: CHommel on March 29, 2011, 11:23:19 pm
http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM_53-49090/ADM%2053-49090-005_0.jpg

Lost overboard by accident hods Cailey   ???  1 in No.

Are they talking about losing a coal scuttle? 
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: mutabilitie on March 29, 2011, 11:27:43 pm
I think the first word is 'Ports', and the second one seems to begin with a B - 'Bailing' maybe?
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Janet Jaguar on March 29, 2011, 11:44:31 pm
First letter matches that of "Received" - so "Rods".

Rods Bailry?
Rods hailry?
 ???
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Bunting Tosser on March 30, 2011, 02:53:26 am
Tried steering gear telegraphs & [onions?] All correct.   

"boilers"?

Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: mutabilitie on March 30, 2011, 02:38:25 pm
http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM_53-54576/ADM%2053-54576-004_1.jpg
11 am: Sent "Mango Finder" ashore for overhaul.;)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Kathy on March 30, 2011, 02:40:18 pm
I think I have found out what a Bailey Rod is - a web search found a company in England that makes rods used in chimney and flue work that are called Bailey Rods.  Perhaps the crew was cleaning the smoke stacks?

yours -

Kathy W.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: CHommel on March 30, 2011, 03:12:44 pm
Good guess, Kathy. 

As always, I am amazed by the imaginative hunches and by how persistent and thorough you all are. 
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Kathy on March 30, 2011, 03:37:42 pm
 ;D

I emailed the company that makes Bailey Rods and they seem to think that what was lost overboard was a tool used in cleaning the smoke stacks -  my curiosity bump loves to get scratched!
 ;D

yours -

Kathy W.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: mutabilitie on March 30, 2011, 03:41:05 pm
;D

I emailed the company that makes Bailey Rods and they seem to think that what was lost overboard was a tool used in cleaning the smoke stacks -  my curiosity bump loves to get scratched!
 ;D

yours -

Kathy W.
So are they still manufacturing them, then?
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Caro on March 30, 2011, 08:18:52 pm
This is Kathy's post obviously. I split the topic and inadvertently moved this one as well. Sorry Kathy.


There is a company still making Bailey Rods in the UK - this company makes them for chimney sweeps - it seems that various cleaning heads can be attached to the rods - Bailey Rod (according to the company  ;D) is a generic name for these types of poles -

yours -

Kathy W.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Kathy on March 30, 2011, 08:29:07 pm
you will have to be flogged at 50 paces with a wet mondegreen for that flagrant mistake!  ;D  :D

yours -

Kathy W.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Caro on March 30, 2011, 08:47:04 pm
Harsh but fair.  ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: mutabilitie on March 30, 2011, 10:29:55 pm
http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM_53-54576/ADM%2053-54576-010_0.jpg
7am: 'Zaras fall in. Clean up duke'.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Bunting Tosser on March 31, 2011, 07:21:49 pm
Sadly not a "Marketing Course" for later employment, as I first thought.

Could, however, count towards an assassination qualification.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: mutabilitie on March 31, 2011, 08:24:26 pm
Yes, those s's are really hard to get used to.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Tegwen on April 01, 2011, 05:27:38 pm
http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM%2053-67153/ADM%2053-67153-028_1.jpg

Just before 10.40

Hadocked Ship??



Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: CHommel on April 01, 2011, 06:41:16 pm
http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM%2053-67153/ADM%2053-67153-028_1.jpg

Just before 10.40

Hadocked Ship??

Maybe undocked?  [Otherwise, I picture a giant school of haddock flooding over the ship...]
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Randi on April 01, 2011, 06:58:11 pm
It probably is undocked, but
I picture a line of sailors, each holding a hadock by the tail, advancing along the deck and whacking it with the hadock as they go - a bizarre variant of holystoning the deck  ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: CHommel on April 01, 2011, 07:00:10 pm
 ;D I was not familiar with the term "holystoning" before!  (googled it).
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: mutabilitie on April 02, 2011, 10:27:21 am
"Bunnies class" (Gunner's class).
http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM_53-54577/ADM%2053-54577-010_0.jpg
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: CHommel on April 02, 2011, 01:59:25 pm
"Bunnies class" (Gunner's class).
http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM_53-54577/ADM%2053-54577-010_0.jpg

And he otherwise has a very good handwriting.  I can see why you like this ship.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Randi on April 02, 2011, 08:33:16 pm
That will teach him.

Brat hoisted


It is of course, No 7 Boat hoisted
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: h.kohler on April 02, 2011, 09:16:45 pm
That log keeper must have a writing sinusitis:

10 ratings joined ship from hosbital

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM53-37525/ADM53-37525-0014_0.jpg
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: mutabilitie on April 05, 2011, 02:46:31 pm
http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM_53-54580/ADM%2053-54580-015_1.jpg
1pm: 'Hands fall in treasure work'.
Pieces of eight! Pieces of eight! ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Bunting Tosser on April 05, 2011, 04:17:31 pm
http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM_53-54580/ADM%2053-54580-015_1.jpg
1pm: 'Hands fall in treasure work'.
Pieces of eight! Pieces of eight! ;D


Ahoy, Cap'n Flint! Ahaar. Do ye want a cracker?
Looking forward to Sept. 19th - http://www.talklikeapirate.com/piratehome.html
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: mutabilitie on April 05, 2011, 09:50:35 pm
http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM_53-54581/ADM%2053-54581-006_0.jpg
4pm: 'Guevara relieved'
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Tegwen on April 06, 2011, 06:59:46 pm
http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM53-38069/ADM53-38069-092_0.jpg

Bass player for the barbeque?

I read
7.15 Fire observed ashore. Landed party bassist.


In fact it is "Fire observed ashore Landed party to assist"

Shame

K
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: mutabilitie on April 06, 2011, 08:28:01 pm
http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM53-38069/ADM53-38069-092_0.jpg

Bass player for the barbeque?

I read
7.15 Fire observed ashore. Landed party bassist.


In fact it is "Fire observed ashore Landed party to assist"

Shame

K
He must have been part of the band drafted for the benefit of the bugler.;)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Bunting Tosser on April 06, 2011, 11:41:01 pm
Hehe,

I like the writing ... except from a reading point of view.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Bunting Tosser on April 08, 2011, 03:17:39 pm
1.0 Hands fall in paint shop

Turns out to be: 1.0 Hands fall in paint ship

Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: mutabilitie on April 08, 2011, 09:18:40 pm
I just misread the 8.30pm entry of this page as 'Discharged PO Gandy to Hell'. Oops.
http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM%2053-61868/ADM%2053-61868-017_1.jpg
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: szukacz on April 08, 2011, 10:10:17 pm
Land observed by heavy rain
eeee.....
Land obscured by heavy rain
 ;D
rgds
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Lancsgreybeard on April 16, 2011, 10:23:46 am
4 April 1916, Philomel is just leaving Muscat.

I post without comment

"Landing party preparing leather gear"

LGB
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: mutabilitie on April 18, 2011, 10:25:45 pm
http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM%2053-61876/ADM%2053-61876-014_0.jpg
'8.30 am: Observed camel bear. ENE'.;)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: farrelly on April 19, 2011, 07:34:50 pm
"came to with P. anchor in 6 1/2 fathoms"

A real tribute to the Royal Navy. Imagine waking up with an anchor at 6 1/2 fathoms -- most men would never have come to at all.  Must have been quite a night.

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM53-34354/ADM53-34354-020_1.jpg

Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Kathy on April 19, 2011, 07:38:07 pm
"came to with P. anchor in 6 1/2 fathoms"

A real tribute to the Royal Navy. Imagine waking up with an anchor at 6 1/2 fathoms -- most men would never have come to at all.  Must have been quite a night.

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM53-34354/ADM53-34354-020_1.jpg



 ;D ;D ;D

Kathy
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: cyzaki on April 25, 2011, 09:24:59 pm
Happy weather! See throughout, but especially midnight.

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM%2053-62720/021_0.jpg

(I know it says hazy, but happy is more fun!)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: mutabilitie on April 27, 2011, 07:29:16 am
'Post Paid' (Port Said).
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: ElisabethB on April 27, 2011, 06:10:20 pm
I keep reading 'Banked Fires' as Baked Fries.
It only happens when I'm hungry though !  ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Thursday Next on April 28, 2011, 09:08:31 pm
Well, I feel really dim now!  I have transcribed lots of entries for the Wonganella which have read "Captain nightwatchman".  The Q ships seem to have been a law unto themselves and I thought this was very egalitarian ... I should have realized this wouldn't have been the case in 1916/17!  All is now explained:

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM%2053-68926/ADM%2053-68926-011_0.jpg

See final entry.  Rather confusingly, we appear to have a on the crew Able Seaman Captain!  ::)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Kathy on April 28, 2011, 09:18:58 pm
Oh dear, the problem addressed below seems to be back:

There once was a man on the briny
Whose jpeg was terribly tiny
It is the best I can do -
so don't cry boo hoo...
Else I'll give you a whack on the hiney.
 ;D
Do you think you can repost the image - I can't make it big enough to read -

Kathy W.

(This was a joint venture between myself and Bunts - don't want ya'll to think this was all me  ;D )
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Thursday Next on April 28, 2011, 09:39:16 pm
Hi Kathy

Try it again - I've edited the post with the correct link now (at least I think I have!)  Sorry about that - I'm getting to the end of a long tiring day here.  I hope your truly frightening weather is beginning to improve.

Su
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Kathy on April 28, 2011, 09:46:58 pm
thanks - now I can read it and thanks - we are good, as it turned out, right where I live was mainly heavy rain and some wind.  We had a severe storm last night - the lightening was spectacular  ;D - the people to the south though, what a nightmare -

Kathy W.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: mutabilitie on April 29, 2011, 10:00:37 am
See final entry.  Rather confusingly, we appear to have a on the crew Able Seaman Captain!  ::)
There's a full stop after 'Captain', though... Are you sure they're not just referring to the two different signatures above, i.e. Meade is the captain and 'ABW' is the night watchman, and they both signed the log page?
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Thursday Next on April 29, 2011, 04:22:46 pm
No, Mr Meade is just a lieutenant - and it's "OOW" (Officer of the Watch), not ABW.  Lt Filmer is presently in command as the actual captain (Captain Guy) was taken off to hospital in Rome a couple of weeks ago.  Then for a little while we had Lt Barr (he of the beautiful handwriting) but he left to rejoin the Harrier - no doubt he wanted to get back to a ship where they write the logs properly.

The Wonganella always has a night watchman when she's in port.  This will generally be written as either "Crowell night watchman" or "Crowell AB night watchman".  Farrelly posted a page earlier in the thread where we had "Gay night watchman" (that's Gay AB, not to be confused with Captain Guy).  Able Seaman Captain's been night watchman a few more times since the page above.

But I'm beginning to think I'm transcribing a script from "The Navy Lark" rather than a logbook! 
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: mutabilitie on April 29, 2011, 10:22:36 pm
No, Mr Meade is just a lieutenant - and it's "OOW" (Officer of the Watch), not ABW.  Lt Filmer is presently in command as the actual captain (Captain Guy) was taken off to hospital in Rome a couple of weeks ago.  Then for a little while we had Lt Barr (he of the beautiful handwriting) but he left to rejoin the Harrier - no doubt he wanted to get back to a ship where they write the logs properly.

The Wonganella always has a night watchman when she's in port.  This will generally be written as either "Crowell night watchman" or "Crowell AB night watchman".  Farrelly posted a page earlier in the thread where we had "Gay night watchman" (that's Gay AB, not to be confused with Captain Guy).  Able Seaman Captain's been night watchman a few more times since the page above.

But I'm beginning to think I'm transcribing a script from "The Navy Lark" rather than a logbook!
My head hurts after reading that... :-\

Just how much of a masochist do you have to be, though, to sign up to join the navy when your last name is 'Captain'? :o
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Bunting Tosser on April 30, 2011, 03:12:45 pm
A dwarf finishes his knitting:

"3.40 Grumpy cast off"

Or, more boringly - Greenfly cast off. 
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: LupusUK on May 02, 2011, 02:14:14 pm
Shifted telegraphs to the fridge ???

On second reading turned out to be forebridge
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Kathy on May 04, 2011, 02:38:54 pm
From the Foxglove:

2200 Fake Sentry posted

ah -

2200 Fxle Sentry posted  ;D

Kathy W.

Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Kathy on May 04, 2011, 09:15:18 pm
Not a mondegreen, but certainly NOT how I would have put it -

Please see the 1330 entry -
http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM%2053-77629/ADM%2053-77629-0020_0.jpg

And after they just got her all cleaned up!  ;D

Kathy W.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: cyzaki on May 07, 2011, 09:42:05 am
Light breeze and pain  :(

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM%2053-62720/068_1.jpg
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: mutabilitie on May 07, 2011, 01:30:07 pm
Light breeze and pain  :(

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM%2053-62720/068_1.jpg
Looks more like 'Heath breeze and pain' to me.;)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: h.kohler on May 07, 2011, 06:48:09 pm
Light breeze and pain  :(

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM%2053-62720/068_1.jpg
Looks more like 'Heath breeze and pain' to me.;)

I read "Gentle breeze and pain"   ;)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: h.kohler on May 07, 2011, 07:18:57 pm
Raid monthly money.

I can see the ship's company jumping at the poor paymaster  ;D

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM53-36152/ADM%2053-36152-006_0.jpg
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: mutabilitie on May 07, 2011, 11:20:44 pm
Raid monthly money.

I can see the ship's company jumping at the poor paymaster  ;D

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM53-36152/ADM%2053-36152-006_0.jpg
I'd say the 'Badgermen' getting special leave at noon are even more remarkable, though.;)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Bunting Tosser on May 07, 2011, 11:37:56 pm
I'd say the 'Badgermen' getting special leave at noon are even more remarkable, though.;)


I don't see why. They're nocturnal, aren't they?
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: h.kohler on May 08, 2011, 08:24:01 am
WOW two mondegreens on one page.

Thanks Mutabilitie for picking it out.

I missed the second as I did not know the word "Badger" (I am French speaking). Had to look in a dictionary to know what it is.  :P
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: mutabilitie on May 08, 2011, 08:37:39 am
I'd say the 'Badgermen' getting special leave at noon are even more remarkable, though.;)


I don't see why. They're nocturnal, aren't they?
Yes, but that doesn't change anything about the fact that it wasn't their turn to get special leave yet. There's blatant favouritism on this ship, and I bet the crew won't like it (although the badgers will).
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: tastiger on May 08, 2011, 05:15:14 pm
Not as funny, but I once read "Docky and" when it turned out to be "Dockyard". ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: tastiger on May 08, 2011, 06:45:50 pm
From worst handwriting contest:
http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM%2053-61603/ADM%2053-61603-011_1.jpg

I think I know why Suffolk is so low in the rankings...
'Commander in Chief washed ship'? :P
;D It actually says Commander in Chief visited ship. Marines returned.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Kathy on May 12, 2011, 02:36:06 pm
From the Foxglove, May 8, 1923:

What I saw: Fired 21 gun salute to B.N. Borneo Hag

What it must be:  Fired 21 gun salute to B.N. Borneo flag

I say must be, because I actually spent about 10 minutes trying to find any reference to the Borneo Hag and found nothing.   ;D
I went back to look at the page again, and realized it had to be flag not Hag. (But if anyone knows anything about a B.N. Borneo Hag, please let me know!)

Kathy W.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: tastiger on May 12, 2011, 05:19:49 pm
Light breeze and pain  :(

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM%2053-62720/068_1.jpg
Looks more like 'Heath breeze and pain' to me.;)
;D I think it says "Light breese and rain", considering the R to the left.
I read "Gentle breeze and pain"   ;)
;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Kathy on May 25, 2011, 04:09:29 pm
From the Venus:

What I thought it said: Armed bedding
What it really said:  Aired bedding

I must say, based on my son's room, the bedding of what is basically a dorm full of young guys might just be something you want on your side in a fire fight -
 ;D

Kathy W.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: szukacz on May 28, 2011, 10:47:02 am
 ;D
Cool!
So my bed is a fortress
rgds
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Bunting Tosser on May 28, 2011, 11:01:08 am
;D
Cool!
So my bed is a fortress
rgds


Or perhaps, in the circumstances, not a fortress but a (fore)castle :

"My Bed is a Boat, Robert Louis Stevenson
From Child's Garden of Verses

My bed is like a little boat;
Nurse helps me in when I embark;
She girds me in my sailor's coat
And starts me in the dark.

At night I go on board and say
Good-night to all my friends on shore;
I shut my eyes and sail away
And see and hear no more.

And sometimes things to bed I take,
As prudent sailors have to do;
Perhaps a slice of wedding-cake,
Perhaps a toy or two.

All night across the dark we steer;
But when the day returns at last,
Safe in my room beside the pier,
I find my vessel fast. "

http://www.poetryloverspage.com/poets/stevenson/my_bed_is_boat.html

Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: szukacz on May 28, 2011, 11:34:40 am
Of course! My mistake.
There is even a legal term in the U.S. My Home is my castle!  ;D
Thx
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Bunting Tosser on June 01, 2011, 01:07:16 pm
Who'd have thought it? Wiki Bay
 

Sadly, I have to accept that may not be the case. Unless anyone disagrees, my second thought is:
"7.40 Proceeded to Aliki Bay with Chelmer"
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Randi on June 01, 2011, 03:44:19 pm
 :o :o :o
ME? I'm not the one who said it!
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Randi on June 01, 2011, 03:45:23 pm
In context...
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Bunting Tosser on June 01, 2011, 04:41:39 pm
That's a dismissal that you can use, with private satisfaction, but without appearing offensive:

"Go to HMS Shearwater!"

Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Bunting Tosser on June 03, 2011, 12:42:27 pm
Who is Uncle War, and what is a Pandelion?  ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Randi on June 03, 2011, 12:53:04 pm
Under War Conditions?
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Bunting Tosser on June 03, 2011, 02:03:27 pm
Under War Conditions?

Perfect.
But not so funny.  ;)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Bunting Tosser on June 10, 2011, 06:19:54 pm
Ok, so who's chewing gum on the bridge?
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Tegwen on June 10, 2011, 06:56:44 pm
And why is it necessary to adjust it?

I reckon they used it to stick the correction magnets for the compass, and it failed so they fell off.

K
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Bunting Tosser on June 10, 2011, 10:39:16 pm
And why is it necessary to adjust it?

I reckon they used it to stick the correction magnets for the compass, and it failed so they fell off.

K


 8)
Alimentary, really.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: szukacz on June 13, 2011, 06:52:40 am
BT:
 ;) chewing gum but what kind?   ;)
rgds
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Kathy on June 24, 2011, 03:33:29 pm
From the Arlanza -

what I saw:  Bilges pounded regularly
what it really saws:  Bilges sounded regularly

 ;D

Kathy W.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Hanibal94 on June 24, 2011, 05:01:36 pm
From the Calgarian:

What I saw: Retarded clocks
What it really is: Restarted clocks

 ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Kathy on June 24, 2011, 05:11:33 pm
 ;D ;D

Welcome Hanibal94 -

Kathy W.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Randi on June 24, 2011, 06:45:30 pm
From the Calgarian:

What I saw: Retarded clocks
What it really is: Restarted clocks

 ;D

Without the context it is hard to say, but it may have been retarded clocks. As the ships go east or west you will frequently see that clocks are advanced or set back by a just a few minutes or longer times. As a 'Post-WW2 American' speaker, some of the phrasing in the logs sounds very strange to me! - "Put clocks on 6 mins." (I didn't know they wore clocks ;D)

Just came across an example ;)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Kathy on June 24, 2011, 07:02:10 pm
ooh - that's right - I didn't think about that - the phrasing of things can be, to our way of speaking, very odd. 

Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Bunting Tosser on June 24, 2011, 07:25:27 pm
ooh - that's right - I didn't think about that - the phrasing of things can be, to our way of speaking, very odd. 


"Captain, should we alter course very slightly to starboard?"
"Just a minute, helmsman."
"Are you telling me to wait, or specifying the alteration, Sir?"


Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Kathy on June 24, 2011, 08:49:02 pm
 ;D ;D ;D
exactly...
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Randi on June 24, 2011, 08:55:24 pm
At ticket window
Customer: I'd like a first class ticket to London please.
Clerk: Just a second please.
Customer: No, a first.
Clerk: Yes Sir, just a second please.
Customer: NO, A FIRST
...

 ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Kathy on June 24, 2011, 09:05:29 pm
Enjoy everyone -

http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=J_gSWTQKE-0&vq=medium

1st, 2nd,3rd, and home plate are the bases in baseball
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Randi on June 24, 2011, 09:34:12 pm
Enjoy everyone -

http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=J_gSWTQKE-0&vq=medium

1st, 2nd,3rd, and home plate are the bases in baseball

What's frightening is that that reminds me of when Dad wants me to help him on his computer. Some very intelligent people are just not meant to be computer users.... (And some are not very patient when explaining the same, simple, obvious thing for the 10'th time....)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Hanibal94 on July 09, 2011, 02:50:53 pm
HMS City of London, 1st May 1917, 1.45 pm:
http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM53-37890/C2-ADM53-37890-0005_0.jpg

What I saw:       Hands employed haunting ships
What it really is: Hands employed painting ships

Who you gonna call?
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Bunting Tosser on July 09, 2011, 03:18:34 pm
 ;D
Paintbusters!
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Randi on July 09, 2011, 04:18:39 pm
 ;D ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Thursday Next on July 09, 2011, 08:08:27 pm
http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM%2053-67607/ADM%2053-67607-057_1.jpg

1pm - I read "Hands employed bending Starbd Beedle"

What it really said: "Hands employed bending Starbd Bridle" - thanks, Tegwen!

To be honest, I wasn't even confident that "bending" was right when I transcribed the page.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Bunting Tosser on July 26, 2011, 01:25:24 pm
HMS Donegal 10 Apr 1916

I am kicking myself.
Anyone care to join in?

Last night I spent ages seeking further details of the sinking of HMS Duke of Albany as the report seemed rather dismissive:

"9.23 Obs'd HMS Duke of Albany firing. co as reqt to close
9.53 resumed co N15E Duke of Albany sank
2 mins Lat 60 58N Long 2 44E"

All the references to her sinking indicated the date as 25th Aug 1916. So I then tried to find out which ship sank, and found nothing in that area. Eventually I read the note again. This time it read:

"9.23 Obs'd HMS Duke of Albany firing. co as reqt to close
9.53 resumed co N15E Duke of Albany sank 2 mines Lat 60 58N Long 2 44E

 :-[
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Lancsgreybeard on July 26, 2011, 01:31:15 pm
HMS Donegal 10 Apr 1916

I am kicking myself.
Anyone care to join in?

Last night I spent ages seeking further details of the sinking of HMS Duke of Albany as the report seemed rather dismissive:

"9.23 Obs'd HMS Duke of Albany firing. co as reqt to close
9.53 resumed co N15E Duke of Albany sank
2 mins Lat 60 58N Long 2 44E"

All the references to her sinking indicated the date as 25th Aug 1916. So I then tried to find out which ship sank, and found nothing in that area. Eventually I read the note again. This time it read:

"9.23 Obs'd HMS Duke of Albany firing. co as reqt to close
9.53 resumed co N15E Duke of Albany sank 2 mines Lat 60 58N Long 2 44E

 :-[
The eyepiece of the telescope is generally the smaller end, reminds me of a sign which my optician displayed "If you can't see what you are looking for you have come to the right place", further, Henry Crun says "hands off Min"   lgb
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Bunting Tosser on July 26, 2011, 02:20:55 pm
The eyepiece of the telescope is generally the smaller end,

Why didn't they put that in "Newbies check in here" ?

reminds me of a sign which my optician displayed "If you can't see what you are looking for you have come to the right place",

Can I have his phone number?

further, Henry Crun says "hands off Min"

Not in the Mess, I hope.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Hanibal94 on July 27, 2011, 05:20:27 pm
HMS Cicala, place name:
http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM%2053-69589/ADM%2053-69589-006_1.jpg

What it looks like: Shithead
What I hope it is:  Shiphead

Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Helen J on July 27, 2011, 05:21:47 pm
I think it's probably Spithead, as I've seen that as a location before, whereas I haven't seen Shiphead.  Hope this is helpful.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Hanibal94 on July 27, 2011, 05:47:21 pm
That's it. Thanks helenj.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Hanibal94 on July 29, 2011, 12:39:06 am
From the HMS Una:

What it is:               "SS Siam entered harbor"
What it looked like: "SS Liar entered harbor"
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Thursday Next on July 31, 2011, 06:51:34 pm
HMS Changuinola 19.03.1918

"Two RNVR ratings joined ship AB Shirley Pascoe and Ernest Rope"

Presumably Shirley's a friend of Imogen Singer and Catherine Wasson?

(Turned out to be Stanley Pascoe)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Tegwen on August 04, 2011, 09:03:30 pm
http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM53-38067/C2-ADM53-38067-0167_1.jpg

What I saw. 0.5 Observed Lemon Rainbow to Northward
What it said. 0.5 Observed Lunar Rainbow to Northward.

Thanks Els for sorting that out.

K

Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: ElisabethB on August 04, 2011, 09:16:11 pm
Just so you know, I did read it as Lemon Rainbow, but then I remembered something about a lunar rainbow posted somewhere and with the time it somehow made sense.  ;)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Tegwen on August 08, 2011, 01:46:49 pm
http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM53-69604/ADM53-69604-015_1.jpg

See the 1.20 Entry. I first wrote "Hands landed in big Crocodile".

I had visions of the whole crew holding hands in pairs walking down the gangplank following the captain.

Sadly I think it is "Hands landed in tug Crocodile."
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: szukacz on August 08, 2011, 02:32:12 pm
 ;) :D ;D funny
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: CHommel on August 09, 2011, 03:45:35 pm
Bluebell's log, 12 October 1921: http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM%2053-71521/ADM%2053-71521-009_0.jpg

See:  7.0  (pm) Hands to suffer.

It's actually "Hands to supper"--the log keeper has suddenly become obsessed with food, entering notes about breakfast, dinner and supper, whereas he never did so before.  Wonder why? 

The next day, http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM%2053-71521/ADM%2053-71521-009_1.jpg ,   
the logkeeper entered the following

4.0 pm:  Hands to tea. 

(I have never before seen this entered into a log.)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Thursday Next on August 09, 2011, 09:30:53 pm
It seems to me that, on the ships I've worked on, they seem to put "Hands to breakfast/dinner/tea" when the ship is in port but rarely mention it when they are at sea.  I don't know whether this might be because there is generally so little happening in port that the log-keepers are desperate for something to write, or whether it is only in port that the crew eats together?  Maybe when at sea and the crew are working in shifts over the whole 24 hours they may be eating as and when they are allowed a break?
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Thursday Next on August 10, 2011, 08:36:46 pm
http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM53-37554/C2-ADM53-37554-028_1.jpg

2 pm - Initially I read it as "Working party employed stopping clocks"  I thought it seemed a bit unlikely, so I increased the magnification and then it looked like "Working party employed shopping clocks" which seemed even less likely as we are in the North Atlantic and in 1916 online shopping has yet to be invented.  I have finally concluded that it actually says "Working party employed stropping blocks"  (Unless you know different, of course ... )  :D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: tastiger on August 10, 2011, 11:53:44 pm
http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM%2053-57311/ADM%2053-57311-027_1.jpg

What I though it said: H.E. Rennison Ldg. SEA sick
What it really said: H.E. Rennison Ldg. Sea. sick

It would be really weird if a sailor got sea sick!
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Thursday Next on August 11, 2011, 01:56:55 pm
It would be really weird if a sailor got sea sick!

It would be weird to get seasick in conditions described as "Gentle wind, fine & clear" certainly.  However, according to the author of "The Big Blockade" some of the Atlantic Patrol crews did suffer from seasickness when the ship was pitching and/or rolling heavily in Force 9/10 winds!
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Bunting Tosser on August 11, 2011, 02:38:17 pm
The 1st Viscount Nelson, known to his friends as Horatio, was an expert on seasickness:

http://www.historic-uk.com/HistoryUK/England-History/Nelson.htm
"Sent to sea aged 12, he soon found that although he loved the ships and the sea, he would always suffer from terrible seasickness all his life."

His advice to fellow sufferers:
"You will feel better if you sit under a tree."
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Bunting Tosser on August 11, 2011, 03:51:41 pm
"Somewhere" there is a photo of a destroyer/frigate/corvette corkscrewing down a wave that is longer and higher than she is. I can't find it now, but here are some reasons for seasickness:

http://images-00.delcampe-static.net/img_large/auction/000/123/156/257_001.jpg
http://www.hydrolance.net/Common/Destroyer-RoughSea.jpg
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/0b/USS_Fiske_(DDR-842)_in_heavy_seas_c1960.jpg
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: h.kohler on August 16, 2011, 09:02:07 pm
Sorry I took that long to answer. I remembered that in a thread there was a video about heavy sea.

http://forum.oldweather.org/index.php?topic=420.msg7080#msg7080


To change subject:

I read : Hands empl working oaths & as Reqte

But it is: Hands empl working cables & as Reqte

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM%2053-70442/ADM%2053-70442-066_0.jpg
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Helen J on August 17, 2011, 09:46:38 pm
I thought this was a particularly terrifying shark - I read that the port bow anchor was broken off in the shark - and then on second reading realised it was the shank - much less exciting ...

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM53-36255/ADM%2053-36255-016_0.jpg
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Hanibal94 on August 21, 2011, 07:02:49 pm
From HMS City of London, 6 am:

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM53-37895/ADM53-37895-0005_0.jpg

What it is:             Hands employed washing decks
What it looks like: Hands employed washing dicks
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: cyzaki on August 27, 2011, 02:35:05 pm
Yes - 'e's often look like 'i's. You'll see a lot of those! They wash them, and scrub them, and paint them, and holystone them...
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Hanibal94 on September 03, 2011, 11:24:24 pm
HMS Almanzora:
http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM53-33357/0117_1.jpg

At 11 am, a "Donkeyman" left the ship.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Janet Jaguar on September 04, 2011, 01:11:58 am
HMS Almanzora:
http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM53-33357/0117_1.jpg

At 11 am, a "Donkeyman" left the ship.

That's not a mondegreen, it is for real.  Dorbel gave us a definition:
http://forum.oldweather.org/index.php?topic=1678.msg20326#msg20326

 ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Kathy on September 12, 2011, 03:57:44 pm
From the Thistle:

What it looked like:  Fart alongside us 3 jetty
What it said: Fast alongside us 3 jetty

 ;D

Kathy W.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Bunting Tosser on September 12, 2011, 04:09:30 pm
Did you read it initially as an instruction or a description of a by-stander? 
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Kathy on September 12, 2011, 06:24:31 pm
My first thought was that it was the ship herself - then I realized that was not the case  ;D

where I grew up, the phrase fart around meant to hang around someplace rather aimlessly.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Bunting Tosser on September 12, 2011, 07:17:31 pm
My first thought was that it was the ship herself - then I realized that was not the case  ;D

where I grew up, the phrase fart around meant to hang around someplace rather aimlessly.


Ah.
Hadn't considered that.
Perhaps I'm too literal minded, or perhaps a psychologist would come to a different conclusion.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Tegwen on September 12, 2011, 09:38:31 pm
Surely, fart alongside us is an invitation!!!
K
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: ElisabethB on September 12, 2011, 10:11:07 pm
As from now I have two favourite mondegreens. One is the lost overboard by an idiot and this one. (i really laughed till I cried)
I can well imagine a psychologist having a field day with this !
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: ElisabethB on September 12, 2011, 10:11:51 pm
Surely, fart alongside us is an invitation!!!
K
I'm trying very hard NOT to picture this !  ;D ;D ;D
(failing miserably though ! )
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Kathy on September 12, 2011, 10:44:22 pm
Thank you all so much for the laughs - I really needed it today -

Kathy

I think the us 3 in the phrase is the designation (name?) of the jetty in question. 

Now I have a mental picture of this ship just kinda steaming around the jetty, not really doing anything, waving at the other ships.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: ElisabethB on September 12, 2011, 10:51:32 pm
Oh please Kathy, don't make it any worse  ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Kathy on September 13, 2011, 05:39:22 am
yeah, smoke coming out of the funnel, in small bursts, perhaps one long cloud...
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: cyzaki on September 13, 2011, 06:57:34 am
yeah, smoke coming out of the funnel, in small bursts, perhaps one long cloud...

Silent but deadly?

 ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Thursday Next on September 17, 2011, 09:19:07 pm
HMS Changuinola, 17 April 1915

What I read:  "Sighted Corset. Red spd & destroyed same"

What it really said:  "Sighted barrel. Red spd & destroyed same"
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Bunting Tosser on September 18, 2011, 01:52:24 am
Some would say that it is not a Freudian slip, but there may be some foundation to the suggestion.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: jennfurr on September 18, 2011, 04:19:11 am
Some would say that it is not a Freudian slip, but there may be some foundation to the suggestion.

:Insert moan spoken by Lerch from the Addams Family here:

...You won't get much support from me on that one!
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Bunting Tosser on September 18, 2011, 01:54:57 pm
 ;D
Harrumph!

Do I detect an element of "pot calling Spandex black"?
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: CousinJenny on September 22, 2011, 12:49:45 pm

On HMS Almanzora on 4 September 1918

For just a second at 4pm I saw "Tested Warm Bulls. Best Wishes."   ???   before it came into focus properly and became the more prosaic, but less fun "Tested Alarm Bells. Both Watches"   ::)

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM53-33357/0185_1.jpg (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM53-33357/0185_1.jpg)

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Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Hanibal94 on September 28, 2011, 08:00:31 pm
I'm sure this is wrong, but at 12.30 pm, there's something about "Nut Police":
http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM_53-53379/ADM%2053-53379-013_0.jpg
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Randi on September 28, 2011, 08:09:57 pm
I'm sure this is wrong, but at 12.30 pm, there's something about "Nut Police":
http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM_53-53379/ADM%2053-53379-013_0.jpg
Also at 10:00am
Could it be Met. Police? (looking at M's on previous page)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Bunting Tosser on September 28, 2011, 10:18:05 pm
I believe you've got it. The full stop suggests "Met." short for Metropolitan Police Force (former title [London]).
It looks like three coppers returned AWOL hands, presumably having overstayed their leave in London 200+ miles away. Dinner served at 12 noon then the cops left.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Thursday Next on September 30, 2011, 09:28:42 am
I was slightly perturbed by the 10.45 entry: "Water tank left"!

Then I read a bit more of the page and realized that it was not a tank which had just got up on its own and toddled off the ship. but was a ship/lighter supplying water!  ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Randi on October 01, 2011, 07:40:42 pm
HMS Cicala, place name:
http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM%2053-69589/ADM%2053-69589-006_1.jpg

What it looks like: Shithead
What I hope it is:  Shiphead

I think it's probably Spithead, as I've seen that as a location before, whereas I haven't seen Shiphead.  Hope this is helpful.

The name stuck in my mind.... I thought I'd share this - much earlier - reference to it (Will + Ariel Durant, The Age of Voltaire):
Quote
"As part of a war with Spain (1740) England dispatched a fleet under George Anson ...captured a Spanish galleon near the Philippines, took its treasure of gold and silver ($1,500, 000), ... and reached England June 15, 1744, after a voyage of three years and nine months. The prize bullion was transported from Spithead to London in thirty-two wagons to the accompaniment of martial music."
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Hanibal94 on October 07, 2011, 03:15:45 pm
HMS Mersey, 2.20 pm:
http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM_53-49185/ADM%2053-49185-010_1.jpg

Looks like: Collier "Fried Monarch" arrived
Real text:   Collier "Irish Monarch" arrived

Note to self: Do not transcribe on an empty stomach.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Randi on October 07, 2011, 03:21:43 pm
 ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Hanibal94 on October 07, 2011, 07:00:20 pm
HMS Mersey again, 1 pm:
http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM_53-49185/ADM%2053-49185-015_1.jpg

Real text:  Made fast alongside "Oceania"
Looks like: Made fart alongside "Oceania"

 ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Randi on October 07, 2011, 07:26:16 pm
All that fried food!
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Kathy on October 07, 2011, 08:37:49 pm
oh, that hurt!  ;D

There is nothing so sharp as a groan inducing joke  William Shakespeare,  King Joe, Act 1, Scene 2
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: tastiger on October 09, 2011, 11:03:59 pm
http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM_53-46573/ADM%2053-46573-125_1.jpg

What I thought it said: Fried night clothing
What it really said: Dried night clothing
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Bunting Tosser on October 09, 2011, 11:13:30 pm
http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM_53-46573/ADM%2053-46573-125_1.jpg

What I thought it said: Fried night clothing
What it really said: Dried night clothing


Or, perhaps, "Aired".
For D see 3 & 4pm Drew and Discharged.  ;)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Randi on October 09, 2011, 11:20:20 pm
I'll go with Aired.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: tastiger on October 09, 2011, 11:22:07 pm
It looked like a lowercase d to me before, but I'm thinking you're right...

Make that two mondegreens. :-[
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: shippeb on October 14, 2011, 03:58:04 pm
http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM%2053-69166/ADM%2053-69166-014_0.jpg

What I thought it said:  Hands at Night Defenestration.

What it said should be obvious  ;D.  Time to quit...
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Bunting Tosser on October 14, 2011, 04:46:59 pm
http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM%2053-69166/ADM%2053-69166-014_0.jpg

What I thought it said:  Hands at Night Defenestration.

What it said should be obvious  ;D.  Time to quit...


"Have you put the cat out, Henry?"
"I didn't know it was on fire, Min."
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Thursday Next on October 14, 2011, 05:58:04 pm
HMS Carnarvon, 14 September 1915

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM53-37095/ADM-53-37095-149_0.jpg

11.30am: HMS Sydney took over patrol antics

The final word resolved itself into "duties" eventually!  ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: heffkit on October 15, 2011, 04:21:01 pm
From HMS Perth, 16 Jul 18 (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM%2053-55096/ADM%2053-55096-010_1.jpg) - I initially read it as 'Enemy Drs Physical Drill' and had a brief weird mental picture of doctors and dentists at war with each other with their professional tools...  :o


in fact it turned out to be '6 Evening Qrs Physical Drill'



It all goes to show that the mind tends to see what it is expecting to, and formal Buntian analysis can sometimes be invaluable!!  :)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: jennfurr on October 15, 2011, 04:26:00 pm
From HMS Perth, 16 Jul 18 (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM%2053-55096/ADM%2053-55096-010_1.jpg) - I initially read it as 'Enemy Drs Physical Drill' and had a brief weird mental picture of doctors and dentists at war with each other with their professional tools...  :o


in fact it turned out to be '6 Evening Qrs Physical Drill'



It all goes to show that the mind tends to see what it is expecting to, and formal Buntian analysis can sometimes be invaluable!!  :)

I'd bet on the doctors - Orthopedic Surgeons use drills and saws and things.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: heffkit on October 15, 2011, 04:39:46 pm
Dentists aren't all angels - haven't you seen Marathon Man?  :o




Just sayin - thank goodness for oil of cloves....
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Kathy on October 15, 2011, 04:42:25 pm
or Little Shop of Horrors  ;D

Kathy
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: jennfurr on October 15, 2011, 07:33:05 pm
or Little Shop of Horrors  ;D

Kathy

Feed me, Seymour!
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Kathy on October 15, 2011, 08:12:47 pm
 ;D ;D :P
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Thursday Next on October 29, 2011, 06:11:32 pm
I think the Carnarvon's present log-keeper may provide a fair number of mondegreens:

Kevin Peak = River Plate

(On 6.30am line if you want to see for yourself:
http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM53-37094/ADM53-37094-028_0.jpg )
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Bunting Tosser on October 29, 2011, 11:37:16 pm
Annoying, but rewarding.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Randi on November 09, 2011, 08:31:05 am
HMS Bristol

Hit pier is actually Lit fires

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM53-69477/ADM53-69477-016_1.jpg
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: heffkit on November 09, 2011, 09:14:53 am
HMS Bristol

Hit pier is actually Lit fires

Maybe it's a double bluff - perhaps they lit some fires just after the impact so that an entry could be put in the log which could be interpreted either way (innocent if no-one made anything of it, but explicit if officially challenged).  CYA!!  :D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Gixernutter on November 19, 2011, 07:48:09 pm
HMS Juno; 20 February 1919, 2pm.

'1 boy missing' is actually "1 bag mails to GPO". What a donkey!

Y'er tis: http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM_53-45499/ADM%2053-45499-013_0.jpg
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Randi on November 24, 2011, 12:11:46 pm
Cafe San Lazaro
Cafe San Lucas Lt

I'm a tea drinker myself!

Transcribe as written  ???
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: tastiger on November 24, 2011, 08:35:18 pm
Cafe San Lazaro
Cafe San Lucas Lt

I'm a tea drinker myself!

Transcribe as written  ???

Maybe those are just weird p's?
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Randi on November 24, 2011, 09:09:06 pm
I think so ;)
I did transcribe as Cape...
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Hanibal94 on November 25, 2011, 06:11:16 pm
HMS Trent:
http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM%2053-63494/ADM%2053-63494-059_1.jpg

I first read the 3.45 pm entry as "Rear Admiral Charleton hoisted his Hog in Hyacinth"
It's actually "hoisted his flag".
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Helen J on November 25, 2011, 08:19:08 pm
HMS Trent:
http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM%2053-63494/ADM%2053-63494-059_1.jpg

I first read the 3.45 pm entry as "Rear Admiral Charleton hoisted his Hog in Hyacinth"
It's actually "hoisted his flag".

A Hog being hoisted in a Hyacinth is a wonderful mental picture (though possibly not so great for the hog ...)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Hanibal94 on November 25, 2011, 09:32:49 pm
HMS Trent:
http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM%2053-63494/ADM%2053-63494-059_1.jpg

I first read the 3.45 pm entry as "Rear Admiral Charleton hoisted his Hog in Hyacinth"
It's actually "hoisted his flag".

A Hog being hoisted in a Hyacinth is a wonderful mental picture (though possibly not so great for the hog ...)

They meant HMS Hyacinth, a cruiser that might be part of the upcoming reinforcements.......
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Gixernutter on November 26, 2011, 07:23:01 pm
HMS Trent:
http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM%2053-63494/ADM%2053-63494-059_1.jpg

I first read the 3.45 pm entry as "Rear Admiral Charleton hoisted his Hog in Hyacinth"
It's actually "hoisted his flag".
I nearly spat my tea all over the screen when I read that one! I know Admiral's have greater benefits than mere captains or commanders, but to record his conjugals in the log is a bit too much information!
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Bunting Tosser on December 04, 2011, 11:08:45 pm
Nothing to add.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: ElisabethB on December 04, 2011, 11:17:58 pm
 ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Hanibal94 on December 05, 2011, 07:57:18 am
Nothing to add.

I first read that one as "Hunds cleaning ship" - which would mean "Dogs cleaning ship"
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Helen J on December 05, 2011, 11:39:00 am
Nothing to add.

Do you think they would come and do my kitchen?

Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Bunting Tosser on December 05, 2011, 02:34:06 pm
 ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Kathy on December 05, 2011, 03:02:27 pm
It must be a British English thing - but what does hog have to do with conjugal visits?  Is it a slang term for a portion of the male anatomy? 
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Thursday Next on December 05, 2011, 06:41:16 pm
Oh, I had assumed it must be a US thing!  Because I made the same guess that you did - maybe I've just led a sheltered life!
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Bunting Tosser on December 05, 2011, 11:05:51 pm
Please read the attachment first.






When is a Leap lane not a leap lane?

When it's a Sea plane.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Gixernutter on December 05, 2011, 11:07:13 pm
It must be a British English thing - but what does hog have to do with conjugal visits?  Is it a slang term for a portion of the male anatomy?
In a nutshell 'Yes'. I could explain why, but I am conscious that younger people may be reading these posts.... And if you take "Hyacinth" to be the Admiral's lady, not his ship, you can now understand my reaction!  ;)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: heffkit on December 05, 2011, 11:08:33 pm
OK, we're on HMS Astraea, Simonstown, 25 Aug 13 (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM53-34351/ADM53-34351-072_1.jpg).

'Received 60 tons toilet water.'
(http://i1000.photobucket.com/albums/af129/heffkit/Astraea130826-toiletwater.png)

I thought - I didn't realize they kept separate water for flushing their 'heads'*

then, blow me down, 27 Aug 13 (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM53-34351/ADM53-34351-073_1.jpg)

'Received from shore 30 tons of toilet water.'
(http://i1000.photobucket.com/albums/af129/heffkit/Astraea130827-toiletwater.png)

I thought, Wow, someone's using a lot of flushing stuff (or smuggling smellies on an industrial scale!!)  :D

Then it hit me - it's talking about boiler water.  Doh !  ::)



* 'heads' = marine speak for 'toilets'

On reflection, any flushing toilets aboard sea-going vessels tend to use sea water for flushing purposes...
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Randi on December 05, 2011, 11:18:50 pm
 ;D
Well, as I understand it, toilet water used to be a substitute for bathing and washing clothes...
I can just imagine a sub surfacing, someone sticking their head out, sniff, sniff, sniff, "Yep, British Naval vessel upwind!" ::)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: heffkit on December 06, 2011, 06:39:39 am
 ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Hanibal94 on December 06, 2011, 04:00:36 pm
Flush 'em out!
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Bunting Tosser on December 06, 2011, 06:33:00 pm
HMS Raven II 16 Jan 1917

Sailor's Farewell.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Hanibal94 on December 07, 2011, 04:34:16 pm
HMS Ark Royal:
https://s3.amazonaws.com/oldweather/ADM53-34098/0009_0.jpg

10.30 am:   "Hoisted in one sharp scalpel"
Correction: "Hoisted in one short seaplane"
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Thursday Next on December 07, 2011, 05:22:00 pm
Erm, that's a Short Seaplane, not a short seaplane - ie it's a seaplane manufactured by Short rather than one that is not very long.  (Just in case there was any confusion on this point.)  :)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: jennfurr on December 08, 2011, 01:50:21 pm
http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM%2053-63497/ADM%2053-63497-020_0.jpg

The 1am posting:

I read it as "Night shroud reported lonely" instead of "Night shift reported hourly".

I'm lonely, so lonely!  Poor little me!
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Helen J on December 08, 2011, 02:20:42 pm
But at least you have standard logs now - that should speed things up a lot!  I'd come and help but I'm already committed to three ships and I don't think I can cope with any more ...
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Bunting Tosser on December 08, 2011, 06:28:44 pm
But at least you have standard logs now - that should speed things up a lot!  I'd come and help but I'm already committed to three ships and I don't think I can cope with any more ...
You and the trinity.
You're not Julie Driscoll, are you?
(Aaaaah.)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: CousinJenny on December 08, 2011, 06:52:52 pm
Astraea on Wednesday 15 July
http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM53-34352/ADM53-34352-057_0.jpg
5.45 Discharged one pensioner and escort

Oops!

Make that discharged one prisoner! :D



Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Hanibal94 on December 09, 2011, 04:22:07 pm
Ben-my-Chree, 8.10 am:
https://s3.amazonaws.com/oldweather/ADM53-35179/0021_1.jpg

Misreading: 2 stokers discharged in disguise
Correction:  2 stokers discharged in disgrace
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: heffkit on December 10, 2011, 09:29:46 pm
OK, when I first saw this:

(http://i1000.photobucket.com/albums/af129/heffkit/Astraea150103-statins.png)

I read it as 'Night defence statins'

...I guess it's the physician in me coming out!
  ;)


from HMS Astraea, 3 Jan 15 (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM53-34352/ADM53-34352-143_0.jpg)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Randi on December 10, 2011, 10:35:07 pm
 ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Hanibal94 on December 13, 2011, 06:28:43 pm
The ship's name at 3 pm on this page looks like "HMS Grumpus".
Can anybody figure out the real name?
https://s3.amazonaws.com/oldweather/ADM53-34099/0052_0.jpg
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Kathy on December 13, 2011, 06:33:28 pm
From the Thistle on 14/9/1920:

What I saw:  5.30  Hands fall in lower skiff prepare for mooning
What it really says:  5.30  Hands fall in lower skiff prepare for mooring

 ;D :P

Kathy
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Thursday Next on December 13, 2011, 06:59:04 pm
The ship's name at 3 pm on this page looks like "HMS Grumpus".
Can anybody figure out the real name?
https://s3.amazonaws.com/oldweather/ADM53-34099/0052_0.jpg

It's "Grampus"!  I think it's turned up on the mondegreens thread before, when written to look like Grumpy!
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Gixernutter on December 13, 2011, 07:39:42 pm
The ship's name at 3 pm on this page looks like "HMS Grumpus".
Can anybody figure out the real name?
https://s3.amazonaws.com/oldweather/ADM53-34099/0052_0.jpg

It's "Grampus"!  I think it's turned up on the mondegreens thread before, when written to look like Grumpy!
HMS Grampus, a Beagle class destroyer, originally named HMS "Nautilus" at her commissioning in 1910, but renamed Grampus in Dec 1913. See Wiki page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Grampus_%281910%29
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: heffkit on December 14, 2011, 06:50:55 pm
HMS Barmouth, Portsmouth 20 Jun 21 (https://s3.amazonaws.com/oldweather/ADM53-70949/0136_0.jpg)

(http://i1000.photobucket.com/albums/af129/heffkit/Barmouth210620-underweigh.png)

It's a Mondegreen by the log-writer  :D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Hanibal94 on December 14, 2011, 06:57:50 pm
HMS Barmouth, Portsmouth 20 Jun 21 (https://s3.amazonaws.com/oldweather/ADM53-70949/0136_0.jpg)

(http://i1000.photobucket.com/albums/af129/heffkit/Barmouth210620-underweigh.png)

It's a Mondegreen by the log-writer  :D

Not a mondegreen....but it's HMS Barham, not Barmouth.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Bunting Tosser on December 14, 2011, 07:04:35 pm
HMS Barmouth, Portsmouth 20 Jun 21 (https://s3.amazonaws.com/oldweather/ADM53-70949/0136_0.jpg)

(http://i1000.photobucket.com/albums/af129/heffkit/Barmouth210620-underweigh.png)

It's a Mondegreen by the log-writer  :D

Not a mondegreen....but it's HMS Barham, not Barmouth.
It's a bit cramped.
Should it be HMS Barmouth at Portsham?
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: heffkit on December 14, 2011, 07:21:41 pm
HMS Barmouth, Portsmouth 20 Jun 21 (https://s3.amazonaws.com/oldweather/ADM53-70949/0136_0.jpg)

(http://i1000.photobucket.com/albums/af129/heffkit/Barmouth210620-underweigh.png)

It's a Mondegreen by the log-writer  :D

Not a mondegreen....but it's HMS Barham, not Barmouth.

Point taken re Barham - sorry, my mistake! 

Given that it should be '...under way' rather than 'under weigh' it is certainly an incorrect homonym, and I suppose if used repeatedly would becoma a malapropism (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malapropism).  Technically, a mondegreen (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mondegreen) is a misheard word or words, so in that sense none of the contributions to this thread are true mondegreens, but I'm assuming it's the spirit, not the letter, that counts here...  :-\

...unless I am missing something  ???
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Randi on December 14, 2011, 07:27:40 pm
I have seen 'weigh' more often than 'way' in this context.
Perhaps it comes from weigh anchor?
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Thursday Next on December 14, 2011, 07:32:30 pm
I'm going to way in here - I think "under weigh" is a nautical term.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Helen J on December 14, 2011, 07:34:46 pm
Minerva was forever entering 'weighed and proceeded' - which I'm guessing was shorthand for 'weighed anchor and proceeded'.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: heffkit on December 14, 2011, 07:36:23 pm
I have seen 'weigh' more often than 'way' in this context.
Perhaps it comes from weigh anchor?

I had assumed the same, randi_2.  When I checked in the OED (2nd ed , 1989), it confirmed our hypothesis:

      "under weigh, a common var. of under way, from erroneous association with the phr. ?to weigh anchor?."

So, it was originally erroneous, but so commonly used that it has now become accepted - which means we're all right (- or wrong)!!  :D

Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Janet Jaguar on December 15, 2011, 02:35:56 am
All of this "under weigh" speculation had me googling, and I found this wordy and interesting explanation - which also explains the use of "under" when the vast majority of ships sail on the surface of the sea:

Quote
http://www.worldwidewords.org/qa/qa-und2.htm
...
What happened was that the Dutch, who were European masters of the sea in the seventeenth century, gave us - among many other nautical expressions - the term onderweg, meaning 'on the way'. This became naturalised as under way and is first recorded in English around 1740, specifically as a maritime term (its broader meanings didn't appear until the following century). Some over-clever individuals connected with the sea almost immediately linked it erroneously with the phrase to weigh anchor. Weigh here is the same word as the one for finding out how heavy an object is. Both it and the anchor sense go back to the Old English verb, which could mean 'raise up'. The link between the senses is the act of raising an object on scales.
...
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Hanibal94 on December 15, 2011, 06:14:42 am
HMS Ark Royal, 6 pm:
https://s3.amazonaws.com/oldweather/ADM53-34099/0088_0.jpg

Wrong: "2 seaman ratings returned from murders"
Right:   " 2 seaman ratings returned from Mudros"
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Helen J on December 15, 2011, 09:28:48 pm
HMS Grafton, 11th December 1916, at 1.10pm

What I read:
Baked pies in ~
What Bunts worked out:
Banked fires in 1 and 3 Blrs (boilers)

https://s3.amazonaws.com/oldweather/ADM53-43386/0060_1.jpg
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Tegwen on December 19, 2011, 05:16:51 pm
https://s3.amazonaws.com/oldweather/ADM53-42346/0125_0.jpg

What I read.

10.10. Arrived HMS Milkman

on reflection it is more likely to be 10.10 Arrived HMS Melbourne
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Danny252 on December 19, 2011, 06:05:01 pm
https://s3.amazonaws.com/oldweather/ADM53-34099/0244_1.jpg

Not actually a mondegreen, but along the same lines...

8pm: V.A. Sir C Thursby hoisted assumed command of EMS

Admirals are getting pretty heavy these days, it seems!
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Hanibal94 on December 20, 2011, 09:16:32 pm
HMS Ben-my-Chree:
https://s3.amazonaws.com/oldweather/ADM53-35191/0003_1.jpg

I first read the 11 am entry as "1 Gnome engine recieved".
It looks more like "1 crane engine recieved".
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Bunting Tosser on December 21, 2011, 10:03:26 pm
HMS Ben-my-Chree:
https://s3.amazonaws.com/oldweather/ADM53-35191/0003_1.jpg

I first read the 11 am entry as "1 Gnome engine recieved".
It looks more like "1 crane engine recieved".
Right first time; Gnome (rotary aero) it is:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gnome_Monosoupape
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Hanibal94 on December 22, 2011, 12:17:09 pm
That's a relief - I was thinking of tiny seaplanes with garden gnome pilots!
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Randi on December 22, 2011, 01:21:13 pm
Sighted Sultan
on closer examination became
Sight Setters

https://s3.amazonaws.com/oldweather/ADM53-35573/0100_1.jpg
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: tastiger on December 23, 2011, 06:18:41 pm
HMS Theseus, April 8th, 1918

https://s3.amazonaws.com/oldweather/ADM53-62836/0006_0.jpg

Really: Firing numbers at deflection teached

Read: Firing numbers at deflection teacher

 ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Thursday Next on December 23, 2011, 06:36:23 pm
Now, you see, I think that is Deflection Teacher.  I believe it was a gadget where they could enter their own ship's course and speed and then estimate those of the enemy; it would then give an estimate of where they needed to aim in order to hit their moving target.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Bunting Tosser on December 30, 2011, 01:47:07 am
HMS Liverpool 9 Feb 1916 Brindisi

"Landed Marines & Buoys for route march"

Now, is that a reverse mondegreen or does it indicate extra kit as a punishment?
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Thursday Next on December 30, 2011, 01:31:02 pm
HMS Hildebrand, 6 July 1915 - this log-keeper struggles to spell "Norwegian", but ...

8.30pm "Shifted birth"

https://s3.amazonaws.com/oldweather/ADM53-44344/ADM%2053-44344-079_0.jpg
if you want to see for yourself!
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Bunting Tosser on December 30, 2011, 01:57:37 pm
HMS Hildebrand, 6 July 1915 - this log-keeper struggles to spell "Norwegian", but ...

8.30pm "Shifted birth"

https://s3.amazonaws.com/oldweather/ADM53-44344/ADM%2053-44344-079_0.jpg
if you want to see for yourself!
Are they returning to the mother ship?
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Randi on January 01, 2012, 11:13:14 pm
R. Marine detachment at fun drill. --- it seemed like a nice change ???
really
R. Marine detachment at gun drill.

https://s3.amazonaws.com/oldweather/ADM53-36118/0030_1.jpg
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Hanibal94 on January 09, 2012, 04:43:01 pm
HMS Ark Royal:
https://s3.amazonaws.com/oldweather/ADM53-34101/0007_1.jpg

3 am: "AA lookout fallen out on account of weather"
At first, I misunderstood what type of lookout they meant.......
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Hanibal94 on January 19, 2012, 06:35:12 pm
How about this one:

http://forum.oldweather.org/index.php?topic=2454.0
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Bunting Tosser on January 20, 2012, 12:38:29 pm
We've had mention of marriage before; but divorce?
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Thursday Next on January 20, 2012, 01:22:38 pm
We've had mention of marriage before; but divorce?

 ;D  ::)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Thursday Next on January 20, 2012, 02:00:20 pm
Hildebrand, 08.08.1916, 7.30am

"Hoisted brat"

https://s3.amazonaws.com/oldweather/ADM53-44345/ADM%2053-44345-046_0.jpg
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Bunting Tosser on January 20, 2012, 02:13:41 pm
Hildebrand, 08.08.1916, 7.30am

"Hoisted brat"

https://s3.amazonaws.com/oldweather/ADM53-44345/ADM%2053-44345-046_0.jpg

A couple of years ago, I suppose you'd have taken that at face value and pondered whose brat it was.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: CHommel on January 20, 2012, 03:11:34 pm
Hildebrand, 08.08.1916, 7.30am

"Hoisted brat"

https://s3.amazonaws.com/oldweather/ADM53-44345/ADM%2053-44345-046_0.jpg

Had a friend who used to refer to bratwursts as "brats".  Perhaps this was a really big sausage, hence requiring use of the hoist?
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Hanibal94 on January 20, 2012, 03:58:01 pm
Hildebrand, 08.08.1916, 7.30am

"Hoisted brat"

https://s3.amazonaws.com/oldweather/ADM53-44345/ADM%2053-44345-046_0.jpg

Had a friend who used to refer to bratwursts as "brats".  Perhaps this was a really big sausage, hence requiring use of the hoist?

Would you like fries with that?
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Randi on February 02, 2012, 09:30:23 pm
Not quite a mondegreen...

5:30am: "Watch fell in rigged bath"

My first thought was 'what a dirty trick'

Then I realized that our log keeper didn't believe in punctuation.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Bunting Tosser on February 03, 2012, 12:32:40 am
Enough to bring tears to your eyes.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Tegwen on February 03, 2012, 09:20:41 am
Enough to bring tears to your eyes.

The phrase " a little harsh" comes to mind.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Randi on February 13, 2012, 11:38:29 pm
I briefly read this as

Hands unpluged.

(spelling is not my strong point ;))
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Thursday Next on February 14, 2012, 06:40:35 pm
"Ordered Trawlers to rescue Parrot" turned out to be "Ordered Trawlers to resume Patrol", with the cross of the "t" much too far to the right!
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Helen J on February 17, 2012, 05:54:47 pm
At 4.15pm I briefly read 'French onion proceeded to sea' instead of 'French cruiser proceeded to sea' ...

https://s3.amazonaws.com/oldweather/ADM53-43712/216_1.jpg
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Dean on February 18, 2012, 12:23:14 am
I'll have to look at some of these and see what I can do. After 38 years of reading 6th graders' Science reports I think can decipher almost anything!!

Blessings,  Dean
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: sean0118 on February 18, 2012, 07:03:12 am
Ran into some English weather... or maybe ENE  ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Janet Jaguar on February 19, 2012, 04:15:58 am
 ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Helen J on March 03, 2012, 03:47:16 pm
HMS Sandpiper, 25th June 1913:

What I read at 6.15am - Unshipped meat
What it actually says - Unshipped mast.

https://s3.amazonaws.com/oldweather/ADM53-59114/0041_1.jpg
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Hanibal94 on March 10, 2012, 11:02:02 pm
HMS Repulse seems to have been at a place in Gibraltar called "Detached Mole" for a while:
https://s3.amazonaws.com/oldweather/ADM53-82491/0047_0.jpg
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Randi on March 10, 2012, 11:33:12 pm
mole 3 Pronunciation (ml)
n.
1. A massive, usually stone wall constructed in the sea, used as a breakwater and built to enclose or protect an anchorage or a harbor.
2. The anchorage or harbor enclosed by a mole.

http://www.davidrumsey.com/luna/servlet/detail/RUMSEY~8~1~3121~440023:Spain-&-Portugal---western-section-?sort=Pub_List_No_InitialSort%2CPub_Date%2CPub_List_No%2CSeries_No&qvq=w4s:/when/1922;q:gibraltar;sort:Pub_List_No_InitialSort%2CPub_Date%2CPub_List_No%2CSeries_No;lc:RUMSEY~8~1&mi=0&trs=2
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Hanibal94 on March 14, 2012, 04:06:48 pm
Repulse again.
I think this is wrong, but now she seems to be moored at Spithead:
https://s3.amazonaws.com/oldweather/ADM53-82491/0164_1.jpg
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Randi on March 14, 2012, 04:27:04 pm
http://www.geographic.org/geographic_names/name.php?uni=-3586187&fid=6465&c=united_kingdom

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spithead
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Bunting Tosser on March 14, 2012, 05:17:05 pm
http://www.geographic.org/geographic_names/name.php?uni=-3586187&fid=6465&c=united_kingdom

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spithead

And, in case anyone wonders, it is pronounced "spit hed".  :)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Hanibal94 on March 30, 2012, 08:54:57 pm
Here's a mondegreen from the forums:

What it is: May your lum reek.
What I thought it was: May your rum leak.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Dean on March 31, 2012, 12:42:53 am
Here might be your explanation!! Found this reading another post:  From STUDENTFOREVER in Dockside Cafe: Pipe Down

"Well lum is Scots (well used in Scotland anyway) for 'chimney'. The New Year wish was 'May your lum reek'.  Which translates roughly as 'May your chimney smoke' i.e. may you have enough money to keep your fire  burning."

Amazing what we all know!! :o
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Hanibal94 on April 25, 2012, 06:36:13 pm
One from HMS Foxglove:
http://s3.amazonaws.com/oldweather/ADM53-42136/ADM%2053-42136-003_1.jpg

Looks like: Pembroke Dork
Actually is: Pembroke Dock
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: szukacz on May 17, 2012, 12:12:06 pm
Seamen launched with arms.  ;D
...
Seamen landed with arms.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Hanibal94 on May 17, 2012, 04:39:27 pm
Tossing the sailor?
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Dean on May 17, 2012, 10:17:18 pm
Tossing the sailor?

Better than tossing your cookies!!!!!! ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: DJ_59 on May 18, 2012, 04:09:58 am

To think of the sacrifice those seamen made when their ship ran out of shells.  Quite moving, really.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Randi on May 18, 2012, 08:01:32 am
 ;D
Boarding party to gun deck!
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: h.kohler on May 20, 2012, 05:44:26 pm
 First reading: Passed S.S. Penhole

http://s3.amazonaws.com/oldweather/ADM53-42830/ADM%2053-42830-008_1.jpg

Correct: Passed S.S. Penhale
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Hanibal94 on May 23, 2012, 07:29:31 pm
HMS Columbella, 1 am: "Butt of Lewis sighted"

http://s3.amazonaws.com/oldweather/ADM53-38278/ADM%2053-38278-186a_1.jpg
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Hanibal94 on May 23, 2012, 07:40:41 pm
Columbella again:
http://s3.amazonaws.com/oldweather/ADM53-38278/ADM%2053-38278-189_0.jpg

7 pm: "Sunk a bladder buoy by rifle fire"
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Bunting Tosser on May 23, 2012, 07:48:05 pm
HMS Columbella, 1 am: "Butt of Lewis sighted"

http://s3.amazonaws.com/oldweather/ADM53-38278/ADM%2053-38278-186a_1.jpg

Full Moon?  ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Kathy on May 23, 2012, 07:54:20 pm
Bad moon rising?
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Dean on May 24, 2012, 12:04:39 am
Bad moon rising?

In the US we have a restaurant chain called Denny's.  They have a ham and cheese sandwich called 'Moon Over My Hammy!!' ;D

It's the 'butt' of many jokes. :P
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Kathy on May 24, 2012, 04:09:02 am
I have had many a meal at Denny's - road trips with young children
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Tegwen on May 24, 2012, 12:24:48 pm
Just so that those not from these shores can appreciate Lewis' Butt further there is a photo here. http://www.dwrobertson-photography.com/gal_hebrides_Butt_of_Lewis_.asp.

I promise this does not breach the guidelines of decency on this forum.  ;)

It is a very wild place.

Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Dean on May 24, 2012, 12:58:51 pm
Just so that those not from these shores can appreciate Lewis' Butt further there is a photo here. http://www.dwrobertson-photography.com/gal_hebrides_Butt_of_Lewis_.asp.

I promise this does not breach the guidelines of decency on this forum.

It is a very wild place.



Thanks for the picture. The area is beautiful and rugged! :D  I had in mind something more related to a 'Lewis Gun' and didn't realise it was a PLACE! :P
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Tegwen on May 24, 2012, 02:33:32 pm
Just so that those not from these shores can appreciate Lewis' Butt further there is a photo here. http://www.dwrobertson-photography.com/gal_hebrides_Butt_of_Lewis_.asp.

I promise this does not breach the guidelines of decency on this forum.

It is a very wild place.



Thanks for the picture. The area is beautiful and rugged! :D  I had in mind something more related to a 'Lewis Gun' and didn't realise it was a PLACE! :P

 ;) I guessed that may have been the case and that others not familiar with the outer Hebrides would share the misconception. I suspect that is not the first or last time that Lewis' Butt will be the subject of misunderstanding.  ;)

PS, while you are on that website I recommend viewing some of the photos of the stones at Callanish. One of the most remarkable places I have ever been.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: AvastMH on May 25, 2012, 06:52:52 pm
'Dock gardener on board working about WCs'  10am    :-[ :o

http://s3.amazonaws.com/oldweather/ADM53-41500/ADM%2053-41500-073_0.jpg

Did they need the gardener to deal with the flowers *in the* heads?
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: h.kohler on May 25, 2012, 10:45:00 pm
Unfortunately they were only "Dockyardmen", but I prefer the gardeners.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: AvastMH on May 25, 2012, 11:08:24 pm
well that's a relief! I recall the flower power age, and I'm not averse to flowers at all...but all the navy's WCs going floral is quite a picture. ;)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Bunting Tosser on May 26, 2012, 12:35:54 am
well that's a relief! I recall the flower power age, and I'm not averse to flowers at all...but all the navy's WCs going floral is quite a picture. ;)
Mrs B used to work in an old (sort of preserved) building. It had a "Progress Washdown Closet" with a somewhat similar decor to this (http://starcraftcustombuilders.com/images/Architecture/DecoratedVictorianToilet.jpg) except the photo is reversed. Perhaps it's not up to Royal Navy standard, but this (http://www.jldr.com/victoriantoilet_4.jpg) surely is.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Helen J on May 26, 2012, 11:01:29 am
well that's a relief! I recall the flower power age, and I'm not averse to flowers at all...but all the navy's WCs going floral is quite a picture. ;)
Mrs B used to work in an old (sort of preserved) building. It had a "Progress Washdown Closet" with a somewhat similar decor to this (http://starcraftcustombuilders.com/images/Architecture/DecoratedVictorianToilet.jpg) except the photo is reversed. Perhaps it's not up to Royal Navy standard, but this (http://www.jldr.com/victoriantoilet_4.jpg) surely is.

Ah, they knew about both naming things, and decorating them, in those days.  Wonderful pics ...
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Dean on May 27, 2012, 12:23:09 pm
What an idea!!!  :o   Decorated like that no one would dare USE them! Great way to keep the head clean ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: AvastMH on May 28, 2012, 10:22:34 am
Breathtaking!!!! Not only floral 'progress', but then surely the 'superba' of toilets with roccoco dolphins too. That really is a wonderful specimen....Captain's quarters I think!  I don't remember seeing one that fine in the Stoke-on-Trent toilet museum....and a lot of toilets came out of Stoke. 8)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: szukacz on May 28, 2012, 09:57:32 pm
bacon - yum
 ???
beacon - :D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Thursday Next on June 06, 2012, 08:50:17 pm
http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM_53-48276/ADM%2053-48276-006_0.jpg
See 10.00pm

I've picked this up from doing the Mantua's history.  I wouldn't have been so unkind as to post it to the Forum if I didn't think it was likely my own transcription from my early days on OW.  What is actually "Danish barquentine" was transcribed as "Person: Daniel Lugucatoni"  ::)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: AvastMH on June 06, 2012, 08:53:54 pm
 ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: cyzaki on June 07, 2012, 03:23:52 pm
From the Fame, May 1914.

I thought it said 'Hands lock up and stow Hammond'. Poor Hammond  :(

Of course, it actually says 'Hands lash up and stow Hammocks', which makes more sense.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Randi on June 07, 2012, 06:25:56 pm
 ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: propriome on June 08, 2012, 04:47:27 pm
HMS Jed, 20 September 1915:

8.0 am: Hands to Breakfast :)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: cyzaki on June 08, 2012, 04:50:12 pm
HMS Jed, 20 September 1915:

8.0 am: Hands to Breakfast :)

That's not a mondegreen... the crew had their breakfast at 8am  :)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: propriome on June 08, 2012, 04:52:56 pm
Whoops... wrong place... sry
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Hanibal94 on June 08, 2012, 06:04:28 pm
I can't quite make out the 4 pm entry, but it looks like "5 ratings left ship for diets":
http://s3.amazonaws.com/oldweather/ADM53-44940/ADM%2053-44940-005_1.jpg
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Randi on June 08, 2012, 06:20:00 pm
5 ratings left ship for ditto
referring to the R.N. Barracks just mentioned.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: AvastMH on June 08, 2012, 08:17:40 pm
HMS Jed, 20 September 1915:

8.0 am: Hands to Breakfast :)
Hi propriome!  I was doing the Jed til a couple of weeks back!  :D I'll get back soon. She''s a fun ship.  But logging breakfast is as exciting as it gets at times.  :-\
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: AvastMH on June 10, 2012, 01:21:58 pm
I thought, for a moment, that the Pudding Club of Great Britain had invaded the Columbella - Midday dinner...2 deserts?
No - 2 deserters
http://s3.amazonaws.com/oldweather/ADM53-38278/ADM%2053-38278-102_0.jpg
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Helen J on June 10, 2012, 09:02:43 pm
I thought, for a moment, that the Pudding Club of Great Britain had invaded the Columbella - Midday dinner...2 deserts?
No - 2 deserters
http://s3.amazonaws.com/oldweather/ADM53-38278/ADM%2053-38278-102_0.jpg

 :D :D :D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Pommy Stuart on June 11, 2012, 02:08:36 am
HMS Jed, 20 September 1915:

8.0 am: Hands to Breakfast :)

That's not a mondegreen... the crew had their breakfast at 8am  :)

I guess it's better than Hands FOR breakfast.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Thursday Next on September 10, 2012, 06:10:33 pm
This is not from the logs, but I felt it belonged here.  Just listening to the news while working on my ship history.

What I thought I heard: "In a shorter dress, the Prime Minister stated ..."

Of course, it was actually "a short address".

Can't lose the mental image of David Cameron in a mini-skirt now!
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Kathy on September 10, 2012, 06:30:27 pm
Great; thanks; hope to return the favor some day  :P
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Helen J on September 10, 2012, 06:31:16 pm
This is not from the logs, but I felt it belonged here.  Just listening to the news while working on my ship history.

What I thought I heard: "In a shorter dress, the Prime Minister stated ..."

Of course, it was actually "a short address".

Can't lose the mental image of David Cameron in a mini-skirt now!

That's an image I really don't want to have - but like you, I've now got it .... :o
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Helen J on September 10, 2012, 08:29:06 pm
This is a real mondegreen, from the original transcriber.  It's Christmas Day on Britomart, and at 2pm the ships company are 'landed for sports and picnic' - but the transcriber had it down as 'spirits'.  As they'd received 80 pints of rum the day before, I can see why they made this guess ...

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM53-36254/ADM%2053-36254-015_1.jpg

Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: AvastMH on September 10, 2012, 08:35:45 pm
well -at my school he'd have been sent straight home - nothing above the knee...oh the youth of today - they have no idea.... ::)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: AvastMH on September 21, 2012, 06:21:35 pm
I feel slightly mean doing this as no-one could help struggling with the entry, but I was taken completely with the romantic idea of the 'moon of beaths'  [which actually was 'Noon Off Bear Island' ::)].


Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: jil on November 11, 2012, 06:50:01 pm
Shore party employed building pies.

Eventually I worked out it must actually be pier - still looks like pies though  ;D

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM53-33207/ADM53-33207-011_0.jpg  at 11am
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Janet Jaguar on November 11, 2012, 09:14:52 pm
Sure does.  I had this mental picture of them all playing in puddles to make mud pies. ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Dean on November 12, 2012, 12:11:25 am
Shore party employed building pies.

Eventually I worked out it must actually be pier - still looks like pies though  ;D

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM53-33207/ADM53-33207-011_0.jpg  at 11am

It must have been a pier which had no peer! ;)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Maikel on November 28, 2012, 03:46:55 pm
Whilst editing H.M.S. Astraea I noticed the following:

Log book: Received 20 tons of boiler water
Transcriber: Received 20 tons of toilet water  :D

I have been one of the transcribers of H.M.S. Astraea.
Certainly I didn't make that mistake, did I?  ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Randi on November 28, 2012, 03:52:17 pm
Sir! Reporting RN ship to windward! ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Dean on November 28, 2012, 05:56:27 pm
Sir! Reporting RN ship to windward! ;D

The area on shore near where we race has several large dairy farms. On our 'C' course it's a 'known fact' that on the fourth mark you hold the line until you smell the cows and THEN tack for the mark whether you can see it or not!!! We rarely are wrong on the layline. :P
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: AvastMH on November 28, 2012, 11:08:04 pm
But how do you know it's not toilet water as in lavender water, or Eau de Cologne?  They might be the sweetest smelling crew this side of the equator! All flowers and loveliness.  ;)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Randi on November 28, 2012, 11:28:06 pm
That is the kind of toilet water I was talking about - It would still make them rather noticeable ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Helen J on December 23, 2012, 07:05:30 pm
The mind boggles here - HMS Andes, 28th January 1916, which I'm editing, and the transcriber has made the 11.40am entry:
Passed SS Trawler Cadet preciously boarded.  I have images of the boarding crew mincing their way onboard ....

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM53-33654/ADM53-33654-172_0.jpg
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Hanibal94 on January 10, 2013, 10:50:12 am
Not actually misread but still a good one from USCS Yukon:
http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/USCS%20Yukon/Book%201/IMG_4080_0.jpg

At the bottom of the page, it says "Received 1 can of mineral sperm oil"
I sure hope that means oil from sperm whales......
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: AvastMH on January 10, 2013, 07:25:59 pm
 ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: jil on January 11, 2013, 04:49:16 pm
At 6.30pm - Search for sea.

Surely one of the simpler tasks undertaken by the crew!

After a few minutes staring I decided it was more likely to be Secured  ::) My excuse is that I was confused by 'Searchlight' in the line above.

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM53-39541/0155_1.jpg
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Helen J on January 12, 2013, 04:58:04 pm
Got all excited looking at the log for this day - 'round comet' - then I looked at the page - just the usual 'rounds correct'!   :(

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM53-33655/ADM53-33655-138_0.jpg
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Helen J on January 12, 2013, 05:25:18 pm
This sounded like an interesting new member of crew - Lt Ron Li, joining from headquarters; however it was only a Pte RMLI ....

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM53-33655/ADM53-33655-144_0.jpg
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Hanibal94 on January 25, 2013, 08:33:07 am
Place name on USCS Pioneer:
http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/USCS%20Pioneer/Book%203%20-%20October-December,%201922/IMG_8027_0.jpg

What it looks like: At Sea, off Scripp's Prostitute
What it really is:   At Sea, off Scripp's Institute

Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Randi on January 25, 2013, 11:06:40 am
 :o ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Kathy on January 25, 2013, 12:41:26 pm
Is that some sort of Freudian slip?  ;D ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Dean on January 25, 2013, 01:01:32 pm
Nah! It's a blue ship's slip! However the ship might prefer pink! ::)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Kathy on January 25, 2013, 05:58:56 pm
 ;D ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Pommy Stuart on January 25, 2013, 08:23:19 pm
Is that some sort of Freudian slip?  ;D ;D

No, just a Freudian ship.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: AvastMH on January 25, 2013, 11:50:03 pm
 ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: studentforever on January 26, 2013, 09:30:36 am
Rather nice transcription
Place: Visited: hands employed getting in stories

'Well you see Captain, it was like this ....'
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Randi on January 26, 2013, 10:47:29 am
 ;D
(although why they used Place: Visited: is beyond me - there was Other)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Thursday Next on January 26, 2013, 06:52:12 pm
;D
(although why they used Place: Visited: is beyond me - there was Other)

I get this a lot - the log entry is transcribed OK but the category seems to be completely random.  ???
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Randi on January 26, 2013, 06:58:17 pm
Wasn't Place | Visited the default?
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Helen J on January 26, 2013, 07:10:19 pm
;D
(although why they used Place: Visited: is beyond me - there was Other)

I get this a lot - the log entry is transcribed OK but the category seems to be completely random.  ???

Me too - some very odd combinations at times!
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Maikel on January 29, 2013, 01:06:56 pm
H.M.S. Astraea, 12 August 1915 (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM53-34353/ADM53-34353-095_0.jpg)

At 5.55am the log states: Surprise sailed ["Surprise" is a French gunboat]

The Transcriber read: Surprise failed

What kind of surprise would they have had that early in the morning.
And who would be disappointed that it failed?
:D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Randi on January 29, 2013, 02:49:58 pm
Perhaps the Surprise was surprised, and disappointed, that it failed to surprise the Astraea at that hour of the morning. ::) ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Dean on January 29, 2013, 05:42:50 pm


Doesn't expecting the unexpected make the unexpected the expected? ;)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Pommy Stuart on January 29, 2013, 07:37:06 pm


Doesn't expecting the unexpected make the unexpected the expected? ;)

I kind of expected some kind of reply like the from Dean.  :D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Dean on January 30, 2013, 01:09:05 pm


Doesn't expecting the unexpected make the unexpected the expected? ;)

I kind of expected some kind of reply like the from Dean.  :D

I guess that comes from 38 years of teaching Science to 10 - 11 year olds in Middle School. They further warped my already shaky sense of humour! ;)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Maikel on March 04, 2013, 12:47:13 pm
H.M.S. Astraea, 16 November 1916
http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM53-34354/ADM53-34354-119_0.jpg (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM53-34354/ADM53-34354-119_0.jpg)

Log book: 6.00pm: H.M.S. "Highflyer" Buea party came on board [Buea is a city in Cameroon]

Transcribed as: 6.00pm: H.M.S. "Highflyer" Brain party came on board

Must have been some very smart people on H.M.S. "Highflyer". :D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Dean on March 04, 2013, 01:05:28 pm
Maybe they were 'Flying High' on something while on 'Highflyer?!' :P
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Dean on March 04, 2013, 10:10:37 pm
HMS Devonshire  14 February 1917
http://s3.amazonaws.com/oldweather/ADM53-39751/ADM%2053-39751-010_0.jpg

 Transcribed as: 'Person: Mentioned: Collies'

Log Book: 'Divers employed in collier.' ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: AvastMH on March 07, 2013, 11:55:38 pm
http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM53-32581/0109_0.jpg
Here's some of that day's transcription - not strictly mondegreen.
From despair: "Other: !maybe important but i cant read this"
to hope: "Other: wine received"  (it was 'sweep wire received')

but the next day's transcription came up looking like this:

"Other: Football party landed
Ship: Met: Ajax"
the juxtaposition of these two comments had me chortling. The outcome of the football game is not recorded.

Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Craig on March 08, 2013, 01:24:29 am
At least he had a draft before and after coaling to compensate for the lack of wine ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Randi on March 08, 2013, 07:37:58 am
 ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: AvastMH on March 08, 2013, 07:59:22 am
 ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Helen J on March 09, 2013, 05:16:26 pm
I'm editing Rinaldo, and on 6th August 1916 one transcriber has carefully entered 'Sighted: Rinaldo'  ???  I'm not sure they'd quite got the hang of this transcribing lark ....
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: AvastMH on March 09, 2013, 08:28:13 pm
 ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Dean on March 09, 2013, 10:13:21 pm
Maybe the sea was 'mirror smooth??!!'  :D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: AvastMH on March 09, 2013, 10:56:00 pm
 :P ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Helen J on March 10, 2013, 11:45:55 am
Maybe the sea was 'mirror smooth??!!'  :D

 :D :D :D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: AvastMH on March 11, 2013, 08:17:55 am
Summer 1916 bobbing around in the Med:
'unclear, looks like "watch telly 8 AM" five o'clock '


http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM53-32581/0260_1.jpg   4.15pm
I've got to say it really does look like 'telly' - it's really 'watch till 7.0AM'
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Janet Jaguar on March 11, 2013, 08:42:49 am
 ;D ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Randi on March 11, 2013, 09:13:03 am
You can see that people ignore all the instructions not to add their own comments :'(
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: AvastMH on March 11, 2013, 06:40:02 pm
I think that the point had not quite sunk in when the Acacia was done - she's fairly topped up with oddities and was apparently one of the first transcribed.
But thinking that they'd seen a 'telly' on a 1916 boat should have sent them off to find out more. ;D ;D
I once visited the Victory - on a Saturday afternoon when the football cup final was on. Some of the staff had winkled a portable television (quite new in those days) into one of the tiny offices in the middle of the ship. Our tour was going well...'this is Nelson's deck, this is Nelson's bed, this is Nelson's spoon' etc. Then we came to a small area where a door had been left ajar and as we went past it the 4 year old next to me said 'Daddy is that Nelson's TV set?'  We all smiled wryly. 'I don't think so son, they've had to modernize the ship since he was here.'  8) ::)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Janet Jaguar on March 11, 2013, 06:47:52 pm
Quote
I think that the point had not quite sunk in when the Acacia was done - she's fairly topped up with oddities and was apparently one of the first transcribed.
The first few months, Acacia was THE starter ship.  When they began to see 10-plus transcriptions of a page, they changed that to random starters.  But that means many of these transcriptions were made when absolutely no one knew for sure what we were walking into.  The interface was seriously in need of rewrite, there were zero reference posts to read, and the mods knew they were ignorant but striving mightily to come up with answers.

I love the idea of them watching the "telly". ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: studentforever on March 13, 2013, 09:28:15 am
At 8am HMS Challenger came alongside HMS Manica for photos and I had this image of the Captain signalling 'but starboard is my best side' until I remembered that a few days before Manica had finally managed to fly off her seaplane and it seems that pilot or observer had taken photos of German East Africa.

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM_53-48166/ADM%2053-48166-016_0.jpg
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Dean on March 19, 2013, 05:02:26 pm
Devonshire on Sunday 24 June 1917

http://s3.amazonaws.com/oldweather/ADM53-39755/ADM%2053-39755-015_0.jpg

Transcriber wrote .....'Performed Dionie Sewiee' :o

Actually was 'Performed Divine Service' ;D

Maybe the start of a new religion or is that a new hymn to sing??!! ::)

Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Helen J on March 19, 2013, 05:17:52 pm
I wonder whether it's available on YouTube somewhere?   :D :D :D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Randi on March 19, 2013, 06:43:49 pm
That is what it looks like.

How would we have transcribed it when we first started ;)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: AvastMH on March 19, 2013, 11:46:30 pm
I'm still wondering why the watch closed up at fnus....

but the truly weird and wonderful event is that, after a long day at sea, they closed the water tight doors at 11pm...Hmmmmmm... :-\ :-\ :-[ :-[ ::)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Dean on March 20, 2013, 12:24:48 pm
I'm still wondering why the watch closed up at fnus....

but the truly weird and wonderful event is that, after a long day at sea, they closed the water tight doors at 11pm...Hmmmmmm... :-\ :-\ :-[ :-[ ::)

Devonshire tended to do this almost EVERY night while at sea. She also often closed up a Watch at guns. I tend to believe it was for 'protection' should she take a hit during the night. The ship would be 'divided' and not take on water as quickly giving the crew time to defend or abandon. She also regularly 'darkened ship' so she didn't show lights during the night. ;)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Hanibal94 on March 20, 2013, 12:45:54 pm
Whilst editing H.M.S. Astraea I noticed the following:

Log book: Received 20 tons of boiler water
Transcriber: Received 20 tons of toilet water  :D

I have been one of the transcribers of H.M.S. Astraea.
Certainly I didn't make that mistake, did I?  ;D

That may not actually have been a mondegreen. I just saw the following on USCS Pioneer:

Recieving steam, electricity and flushing water from USS Discoverer.

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/USCS%20Pioneer/Book%208%20-%20January-March,%201924/IMG_8506_0.jpg
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Maikel on March 20, 2013, 07:06:28 pm
I read mine as the result after flushing. :D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Dean on March 29, 2013, 03:44:42 am
HMS Devonshire:

Transcriber, in several places: 'Ship at Poinkenhead' ::)

Editor: 'Birkenhead'  ;D

Actually 'Birkenhead' but if you look at the logkeeper's writing you can see how it got there!!! :o

http://s3.amazonaws.com/oldweather/ADM53-39758/ADM%2053-39758-013_0.jpg
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Helen J on April 07, 2013, 06:41:29 pm
HMS Rinaldo:

A couple of times in November one hapless (and I suspect new) transcriber has recorded 'Hounds' or 'Just the word hounds' .....  It conjures up a wonderful picture of our brave sailors, stuck in Durban for a long time, amusing themselves with a bit of hunting!
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Janet Jaguar on April 07, 2013, 08:11:59 pm
And all that was happening after all were more boring rounds. :D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Helen J on April 07, 2013, 08:22:29 pm
Indeed - extremely boring ..... 
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Dean on April 08, 2013, 11:10:53 pm
HMS Rinaldo:

A couple of times in November one hapless (and I suspect new) transcriber has recorded 'Hounds' or 'Just the word hounds' .....  It conjures up a wonderful picture of our brave sailors, stuck in Durban for a long time, amusing themselves with a bit of hunting!

If I'm not mistaken - RINALDO is a sailing ship??!!

HOUNDS is the term for where the stays are attached to the mast at the mast head.  :)Stays are the 'wires' or 'ropes' that hold the mast standing straight up. They used to make the midshipman climb to the hounds sometimes as punishment. Sometimes it was a great place to 'escape' and watch the World go by.

I'll chase for a picture when I get back from my meeting that I'm now late to while OWing!!
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: AvastMH on April 09, 2013, 08:05:10 am
Oh deary dear. 'HOUNDS is the term for where the stays are attached to the mast at the mast head.  ' I feel sick just thinking about that...oh dear... :P :P :P
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Randi on April 09, 2013, 10:51:22 am
I suspect that in this case though, since it was used by itself, the word was Rounds ;)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Helen J on April 09, 2013, 10:54:10 am
Rinaldo is technically a sailing ship but doesn't ever use them - I've intrigued to discover that 'hounds' has a nautical meaning, but I'm afraid in this case it is just a boring misreading of 'rounds' - I know this logkeeper's handwriting very well by now!
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Dean on April 10, 2013, 12:26:11 am
Oh deary dear. 'HOUNDS is the term for where the stays are attached to the mast at the mast head.  ' I feel sick just thinking about that...oh dear... :P :P :P

Part of the 'allure' of the 'Hounds' is that you have to be 'barking mad' to LIKE it up there!! ::)  Check out my Avatar - I'm at the hounds!! (Must admit though - it's an old picture!)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: AvastMH on April 10, 2013, 12:47:48 am
Years ago, when I was thin and fit, I used to go caving. I've dangled over deep potholes, but that's easy - with your caving light you can't see more than 30 feet. I suspect you get a very airy view from the hounds. I am still in awe Dean! ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Thursday Next on April 10, 2013, 08:09:16 pm
I would like to say that the one transcriber who has so far attempted the events on the Changuinola has done a pretty good job on the whole and  has been a great help to me in editing the logs.  But I hope s/he will not mind my sharing this mondegreen:

23 February 1915 - "Stopped and boarded SS Limited Status"

I expect most of us who have worked on the Atlantic Patrol ships have become familiar by now with the Danish ship SS United States!
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Dean on April 11, 2013, 12:16:56 am
 ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

For some of us here in the USA the 'LIMITED STATUS' may NOT be that much of a mondegreen!!!!!!!! ::)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Craig on April 11, 2013, 12:21:05 am
Perhaps it's a political comment  ;D :P
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Janet Jaguar on April 11, 2013, 12:22:57 am
;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

For some of us here in the USA the 'LIMITED STATUS' may NOT be that much of a mondegreen!!!!!!!! ::)

That was why I laughed so hard when I saw it.  Most definitely a political comment.  :)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Craig on April 11, 2013, 07:55:34 pm
I thought they saw Schr Thomas Corwin and a Whaler lazing at anchor.  The log keeper makes y like z. I have probably made this mistake before and didn't see it.

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/USCS%20Yukon/Book%207/IMG_4620_1.jpg

Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Dean on April 11, 2013, 09:23:27 pm
;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

For some of us here in the USA the 'LIMITED STATUS' may NOT be that much of a mondegreen!!!!!!!! ::)

That was why I laughed so hard when I saw it.  Most definitely a political comment.  :)

Well you know of course that the opposite of PROgress is CONgress!!!! ::) :P :'(
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: AvastMH on April 13, 2013, 02:22:41 pm
Not sure if I reported this one before:
3.50 and 4 pm got mis-transcribed as 'Cooks lost overboard'

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM53-32581/0135_0.jpg

I guess the cooks had done the tea already. Takes a while to cut the crusts off the cucumber sandwiches.  ;) ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Craig on April 13, 2013, 03:19:05 pm
They must have been out looking for sea cucumbers when they got lost  ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: AvastMH on April 14, 2013, 12:32:43 am
 ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D Excellent Craig!
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: studentforever on April 15, 2013, 08:45:49 am
I've just noticed 'Routes correct' in the transcription - I'm sure the Navigating Officer was relieved.

I suspect the same transcriber also managed
Person: Other: Quartermaster: Supplement

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM_53-48169/ADM%2053-48169-011_0.jpg

Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Steeleye on April 15, 2013, 12:09:40 pm
It seems that Royal Navy also marches (or sails) on its stomach.  At 8.00am (or thereabouts) on Princess Royal we had:
'Courses and spuds as requisite for entering harbour'.

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM53-55960/ADM53-55960-034_0.jpg (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM53-55960/ADM53-55960-034_0.jpg)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Randi on April 15, 2013, 12:33:10 pm
Well, you have to give people credit for trying to transcribe the remarks.
It can be pretty tricky until you learn the terminology ;)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Maikel on April 15, 2013, 01:47:00 pm
Well, spuds can be used to create ethanol, which in turn can be used to create steam.
So, a very valid transcription I would say. ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: studentforever on April 15, 2013, 04:36:42 pm
Oh, ues.  I have looked at words and scratched my head and the instructions are TWYS but some of the mis-readings do give rise to such interesting mental images.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Randi on April 15, 2013, 06:17:19 pm
Sorry, no mashed potatoes allowed in THIS harbor.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: AvastMH on April 15, 2013, 10:31:25 pm
Noooooooooooooooooooooooo!  But that would mean no mash with mushy peas and gravy with mint sauce...and then the world would have to end, culinarily speaking of course.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Dean on April 16, 2013, 12:38:31 am
No Bangers and Mash??!!! :o

Oh the horror of it all! ;)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Pommy Stuart on April 16, 2013, 09:02:45 am
Guess what I am having tonight. (no mushies though, sad)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: AvastMH on April 16, 2013, 06:45:52 pm
Dinner at yours then tonight Stuart - I'll bring the peas.  :D Oh no - I don't eat meat sausages... ggrrr..silly me  :(
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: AvastMH on April 20, 2013, 10:03:23 pm
The Acacia and Mediterranean cuisine, 10.20am:

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM53-32581/0181_1.jpg

Transcribed as: The Marebella Pies (cud): abeam

Any ideas about what a Marabella Pie might be filled with? I doubt it's cud ;)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Steeleye on April 21, 2013, 01:41:22 pm
Good one, Joan!  How about "Marabella Pier (end) abeam"?
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Steeleye on April 21, 2013, 01:44:09 pm
... and here's another from HMS Princess Royal. At 7.25am, the mundane activity of 'Hands cleaning ship' morphed into:
'Hands championship'

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM53-55960/ADM53-55960-055_0.jpg (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM53-55960/ADM53-55960-055_0.jpg)

I do wonder what they might have been doing!
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: AvastMH on April 21, 2013, 02:44:36 pm
Pier eating contest of course...oops I meant 'pie'  ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Janet Jaguar on April 21, 2013, 03:04:47 pm
Holystoning race? ;)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: studentforever on April 21, 2013, 03:48:42 pm
Masthead race or is that only in sailing ships.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Dean on April 21, 2013, 10:02:45 pm
Masthead race or is that only in sailing ships.

Only in sailing ships - 'To the HOUNDS!' ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: studentforever on April 22, 2013, 08:26:23 am
Groan!!
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Maikel on April 22, 2013, 08:44:34 pm
It must be horrible for a log-keeper to have to sent his sister back to hospital in England from Lagos, Nigeria.

Transcriber: Discharged sister to RN Hospital Plymouth
http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM53-34354/ADM53-34354-173_0.jpg (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM53-34354/ADM53-34354-173_0.jpg)

See at 11.30am, it was a stoker, not a sister. ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: AvastMH on April 22, 2013, 10:36:28 pm
Who says the stoker had to be a boy? ;) ;) ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: h.kohler on April 24, 2013, 10:13:11 pm
I must confess that the log keeper of H.M.S. Kent has a very bad writing.

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM_53-45614/ADM%2053-45614-006_1.jpg

Here some exemples for Vladivostok:

Hadworth, Hadwostok, Hadwinston and my favored: Blusumlix.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: AvastMH on April 24, 2013, 10:30:32 pm
 ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: studentforever on April 25, 2013, 08:47:39 am
Who says creativity is dying!
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: szukacz on May 02, 2013, 07:00:22 pm
 :-\  ;D but the challenge!
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: jil on May 03, 2013, 05:38:50 pm
I'm fairly certain the entry at 3.30pm is actually 'Officers "at home"' but at first glance I thought it said 'Officers at booze'  ;D

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM%2053-57639/ADM%2053-57639-015_1.jpg
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Janet Jaguar on May 03, 2013, 05:56:04 pm
If they are all entertaining visitors, it might be both. ;)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: AvastMH on May 03, 2013, 09:06:17 pm
I'm fairly certain the entry at 3.30pm is actually 'Officers "at home"' but at first glance I thought it said 'Officers at booze'  ;D

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM%2053-57639/ADM%2053-57639-015_1.jpg
Hey jil - I like the way they got the Boys out of the way on leave before breaking open the drinks...naughty ;) ;D  (it really does look like 'booze')
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Maikel on May 04, 2013, 03:33:29 pm
This time one by the log-keeper, whilst off the coast of Ghana.

12.25pm: Observed land, Tobacco Mountain bearing N71E

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM53-34354/ADM53-34354-212_1.jpg (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM53-34354/ADM53-34354-212_1.jpg)

I guess he was dying for a smoke as there is no Tobacco Mountain, it's called Tobokani. :)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Craig on May 09, 2013, 02:36:17 pm
Last line: were the officers struggling with the word "triangulation"?

or perhaps it was "record"  ;D

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/USCS%20Yukon/Book%2024/IMG_4673_1.jpg

Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: AvastMH on May 09, 2013, 07:43:32 pm
 ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Craig on May 10, 2013, 12:01:13 am
Thanks, Joan. It's hard to squeeze anything remotely humorous out of the Yukon logs. You are generous giving me three smilely faces for this :-*  ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: AvastMH on May 10, 2013, 07:50:01 am
You're welcome Craig. Yukon sounds a bit dire. Actually I got a brilliant mental picture of some officers sitting round a scrabble board with all the letters from 'triangulation' attempting to get words out of it...tricky without an 'e'. ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Thursday Next on May 10, 2013, 08:19:41 pm
http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM53-37553/ADM%2053-37553-048_0.jpg

Just for a moment I read the 4.30pm entry as "Boarded SS Sommerstad, Norway, Newport News to Copenhagen, with magic"

Just boring old maize, unfortunately!
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Craig on May 10, 2013, 09:26:01 pm
Yes, the dot on the i wandered too much to the right. It does look like "magic".
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: h.kohler on May 15, 2013, 05:32:08 pm
Not really a mondegreen but a funny abbreviation:

Discharged 1 POT to Vernon

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM%2053-67573/ADM%2053-67573-042_1.jpg
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: AvastMH on May 16, 2013, 08:17:41 am
Did it have something nice in it I wonder  ;D ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Randi on May 16, 2013, 09:07:53 am
 ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Craig on May 28, 2013, 01:20:11 pm
http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/USS%20Jamestown/vol001of067/vol001of067_088_1.jpg

What was the coal used for (Commences ...)? My best guess is "for Amorous Use"  ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: jil on May 28, 2013, 04:40:13 pm
 :o It does look like that and I can't think of anything else that fits!
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: asterix135 on May 28, 2013, 04:50:51 pm
Well, this is a ship full of lonely sailors, it might make sense  ::)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Randi on May 28, 2013, 05:30:40 pm
armorer's ?
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: studentforever on May 28, 2013, 06:45:32 pm
I agree with Randi - but you can't have your amour getting into a cold bunk can you.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Dean on May 28, 2013, 07:34:15 pm
I agree with Randi - but you can't have your amour getting into a cold bunk can you.

Son of a Gun (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Son_of_a_gun) ::)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Randi on June 23, 2013, 10:38:19 am
My current log keeper sometimes crossed his 'l's and sometimes writes an 'a' like a 'u'.

As a result, I first read "At 3.30 furled sails" as something quite different :o

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/USS%20Jamestown/vol001of067/vol001of067_061_0.jpg (end of first 'paragraph')

Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: studentforever on June 23, 2013, 10:46:56 am
 ::) ;D ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Craig on June 23, 2013, 11:01:45 am
He did report light airs  :D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Hanibal94 on June 23, 2013, 11:36:33 am
 :o :D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Kathy on June 23, 2013, 01:44:26 pm
Did they have to BREAK out the sails later?
Were they in the Trade WINDS?  ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: AvastMH on June 23, 2013, 03:24:32 pm
might be quite useful if caught be calmed in the doldrums.... ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Dean on June 23, 2013, 10:21:27 pm
We used to tell the crew On race night to make sure to eat beans for dinner! ::)

I always made sure to have the UPWIND side of the boat. ;)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: h.kohler on July 06, 2013, 05:16:38 pm
http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM%2053-67584/ADM%2053-67584-008_0.jpg

I did not know that there was an underwater church.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Janet Jaguar on July 06, 2013, 05:21:50 pm
;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Helen J on July 06, 2013, 06:14:58 pm
Without much effort one could also read it as 'held dire service ....'
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: studentforever on July 06, 2013, 06:22:06 pm
Once you are priested you might want to be a Naval Chaplain - just think of all the background info you have.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Helen J on July 06, 2013, 07:56:45 pm
Once you are priested you might want to be a Naval Chaplain - just think of all the background info you have.

Some of it might be just a little out of date ....  But probably the basics don't change much!
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: studentforever on July 06, 2013, 08:20:58 pm
Well, women can go to sea now which is fairly new and they have GPS but just think how useful some of your 'old fashioned' knowledge will be when a solar flare takes out the satellites!  The Navy are a bit like the CofE, conservative with a very small 'c'.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Tegwen on July 12, 2013, 02:22:06 pm
Found in the transcription of Mantis' logs

Person: Boarded: Cap. Cuggags

I decided not to look up "Captain Cuggags" when I checked the log page.

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM_53-48257/ADM 53-48257-180_1.jpg

See 10.45am

Capt's Luggage came aboard.

(PS. As ever, no offence to the transcriber. I thank you all)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Helen J on July 12, 2013, 02:40:26 pm
I hope he was greeted with due deference and the necessary ceremony!   :D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Hanibal94 on July 12, 2013, 08:44:44 pm
Tegwen, there's something wrong with that link. The URL is messed up and if I click it, I just get this message:

This XML file does not appear to have any style information associated with it. The document tree is shown below.
<Error>
<script/>
<Code>AccessDenied</Code>
<Message>Access Denied</Message>
<RequestId>5EF6FA1FBBD15FA3</RequestId>
<HostId>
4Vu669eh364p2WrlTznDVkEdTjRdWq+M89s/rV+qCbXE3ZQsaCNnZIL38lkztt02
</HostId>
</Error>
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Janet Jaguar on July 12, 2013, 09:03:51 pm
Hanibal, the problem with the link is that was copied from Word.  Word makes some of the codes in the link invisible, and forum texting doesn't translate them back into print.

The easy way to fix it is to enclose the copied Word link in the "url" icon above the posting entry box.

[url]http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM_53-48257/ADM 53-48257-180_1.jpg[/url]

That gives the 'normal' link.
http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM_53-48257/ADM 53-48257-180_1.jpg (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM_53-48257/ADM 53-48257-180_1.jpg)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Tegwen on July 15, 2013, 12:11:43 pm
Hanibal, the problem with the link is that was copied from Word.  Word makes some of the codes in the link invisible, and forum texting doesn't translate them back into print.

The easy way to fix it is to enclose the copied Word link in the "url" icon above the posting entry box.

[url]http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM_53-48257/ADM 53-48257-180_1.jpg[/url]

That gives the 'normal' link.
http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM_53-48257/ADM 53-48257-180_1.jpg (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM_53-48257/ADM 53-48257-180_1.jpg)

Thanks for sorting that out Janet. Sorry for not checking it to all those who tried and got the error.

K
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Maikel on July 16, 2013, 08:19:50 pm
From the transcriptions of H.M.S. Astraea:

10.0 Hels Divine Service

Is there an l missing or should that s be a d? :)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Randi on July 16, 2013, 08:25:02 pm
 :o
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Dean on July 16, 2013, 10:22:15 pm
Maybe an 'a' for 'Heals'??!! ;)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Janet Jaguar on July 16, 2013, 11:11:06 pm
Held Divine Service

Standard antique English on both sides of the Pond.  But churches tend to hang on to the 'antique.'
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Dean on July 17, 2013, 12:16:14 am
Sorry! I thought it was a 'joke' not an appeal for help! :'(
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: studentforever on July 17, 2013, 08:34:12 am
So did I, I just enjoyed the answers.
 :-[
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Danny252 on July 29, 2013, 12:11:33 am
From 6 to 8pm. Clear and pleasant, gentle to mod. breeze from E+ENE. Bacon rising. (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/USS%20Jamestown/vol056of067/vol056of067_038_1.jpg)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Janet Jaguar on July 29, 2013, 12:17:59 am
Someone's hungry?  ;)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Danny252 on July 29, 2013, 12:20:42 am
I think my hunger would leave if my bacon rose up against me!
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Craig on July 30, 2013, 11:48:42 pm
Might have been Francis  ::)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Dean on July 31, 2013, 12:14:42 am
Is that SIR Francis?! ::)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Randi on July 31, 2013, 07:32:25 am
Roger ;D

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_Bacon
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Craig on July 31, 2013, 02:19:56 pm
or Albion Fellows  ;D

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bacon_(surname)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Craig on July 31, 2013, 02:38:48 pm
The heroine shifted her birth!  :o

Plastic surgery might be easier  ;D

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/USS%20Jamestown/vol004of067/vol004of067_038_0.jpg  (Midnight to 4 PM) 
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Hanibal94 on December 16, 2013, 07:50:22 am
On this page, (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/USCS%20Pioneer/Book%2038%20-%20July-September,%201931/IMG_1468_0.jpg) there's a little word to the left of the 1 am weather reading.

What it is :            pwhc (I think)
What it looks like: puke
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Randi on December 16, 2013, 08:14:11 am
I think that may mean per wheelhouse compass.

I have seen: "Sighted Nunivak I'd. and c/c to E.S.E. (P.H.).  Vessel rolling so as to
render it unsafe to stand on bridge so all courses in future are by the
Pilot House compass.
"
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Hanibal94 on December 16, 2013, 09:07:04 am
Here's another at 12.41 am: http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/USCS%20Pioneer/Book%2038%20-%20July-September,%201931/IMG_1472_1.jpg

Misreading: Took comparison of wine sounding
Correction:  Took comparison of wire sounding

Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Randi on December 16, 2013, 10:13:46 am
Not really a mondegreen, but

Employed in watering Ship

makes me think of an O.S. standing on the dock next to the bow and holding out a bucket of water ::)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: studentforever on December 16, 2013, 10:25:09 am
I had an image of either a hosepipe with sprinkler nozzle or a watering can just sprinkling gently over the salt crystals.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Randi on December 16, 2013, 12:26:38 pm
Even better ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Dean on December 16, 2013, 09:24:43 pm
If you water them, do they grow?!  ;D


Maybe THAT'S how you get a Battleship - you water a dinghy! ::)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Randi on December 16, 2013, 09:32:38 pm
 ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: studentforever on December 16, 2013, 10:43:26 pm
Ah, but you have to add fertilizer to get a battleship.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Thursday Next on December 24, 2013, 07:43:00 pm
Mondegreens can have serious consequences!  I looked up HMS Whitley to see if there was anything interesting about her.  Apparently the Admiralty ordered a destroyer named HMS Whitby, but somewhere along the way it got written down wrongly as Whitley!  They decided to leave the name as it was.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Whitley
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Randi on December 24, 2013, 08:27:49 pm
Oops :o :o :o
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Dean on December 25, 2013, 02:13:08 am
My dad always used to say 'You can call me anything you want as long as it's not late to dinner!'  8)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Helen J on January 04, 2014, 05:03:11 pm
This one from an original transcriber made me smile!  I imagined some crew member having just had too much of it all:

'Hurled in fog buoy' (the reality was the more boring 'Hauled in fog buoy')

https://s3.amazonaws.com/oldweather/ADM53-37055/019_1.jpg
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: jil on January 05, 2014, 11:31:10 am
 ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Hanibal94 on January 10, 2014, 04:20:00 pm
Here's one that happened to me while updating the Pioneer's crew list.
Bottom of page, below the two stamps:

Misreading: F**k Water total aboard
Correction: Fresh Water total aboard

I don't know how this happened - honest!

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/USCS%20Pioneer/Book%206%20-%20July-September,%201923/IMG_8355_0.jpg
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Craig on January 10, 2014, 11:23:58 pm
That's got to be a mondeblue  :P
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Dean on January 11, 2014, 09:11:26 pm
or maybe a mondeblueblue  ::)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Hanibal94 on January 30, 2014, 08:35:14 pm
While editing the Pioneer's crew list some more, I read the following on this page (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/USCS%20Pioneer/Book%208%20-%20January-March,%201924/IMG_8528_0.jpg), at the bottom:

Misread:     AWOL the day: Benjamin, Simon K, computer
Correction: AWOL the day: Benjamin, Simon K, carpenter.


Note to self: Do not remove contact lenses before doing citizen science in the evening.

Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Janet Jaguar on January 30, 2014, 10:17:51 pm
 ;D  Something for all of us.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: jil on February 07, 2014, 02:57:17 pm
https://s3.amazonaws.com/oldweather/ADM53-35178/0015_1.jpg - 1.45pm entry

I spent several minutes feeling sorry for the poor Midshipman saddled with the name Nicolle Smith Umpleby and imagining him getting teased until I checked the national archives where the only Umpleby had the rather more prosaic names William John and then realised it said Midshipmen and there were dots between the names.  ::)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Randi on February 07, 2014, 03:11:47 pm
 ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Craig on February 07, 2014, 04:10:03 pm
That's annoying. It now requires 3 Mentions. Pretend you didn't notice  ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Randi on February 07, 2014, 04:12:34 pm
 :P

Pretend you didn't notice Craig ;)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Craig on February 07, 2014, 04:58:59 pm
 ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Hanibal94 on February 08, 2014, 05:56:38 pm
Scuse me, but I don't get it. Is this Umpleby stuff based on a joke from between 1950 - 1990 or something?
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Janet Jaguar on February 08, 2014, 06:12:42 pm
Nope, they misread a log entry so it came out funny.  British call that kind of mistake "mondegreens", Americans don't have a name for it that I know of, but still find them funny. 

In this case, "Midshipmen Nicolle, Smith, Umpleby" was misread as a poor midshipman with the awkward name of "Nicolle Smith Umpleby".

https://s3.amazonaws.com/oldweather/ADM53-35178/0015_1.jpg - 1.45pm entry

I spent several minutes feeling sorry for the poor Midshipman saddled with the name Nicolle Smith Umpleby and imagining him getting teased until I checked the national archives where the only Umpleby had the rather more prosaic names William John and then realised it said Midshipmen and there were dots between the names.  ::)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Thursday Next on February 08, 2014, 06:48:40 pm
And the reason why we call them "mondegreens" comes from a mis-hearing of an old English folksong, where the correct lyric was "They laid him on the green" but misheard as "The Lady Mondegreen".  This has probably been mentioned previously about 37 pages ago, but thought I'd bring it up again to save anyone checking back!
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: studentforever on February 08, 2014, 06:50:52 pm
The title 'mondegreen' comes from a mishearing of a Scottish ballad about 'The bonnie Earl of Murray' who was killed and they 'laid him on the green'.

There are collections of them including my favourite - the journalist who was awarded a Pullet Surprise.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Thursday Next on February 08, 2014, 06:52:28 pm
I do apologize!  I had not realized it was from a Scottish folksong!
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Hanibal94 on February 08, 2014, 07:06:24 pm
Oh OK, thanks. I thought there may have been more to it than just the long and silly name.


P.S. Here's a good one from my real life. I was watching the 2008 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony with my family when this was said:

My grandma: Those guys are really good! (She meant a bunch of soldiers in dress uniform doing an incredibly precise and synchronised show) I sure hope none of them get a coughing fit!
Me: What's a coffee fit?
-- WHOLE ROOM BURSTS INTO LAUGHTER --
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Janet Jaguar on February 08, 2014, 07:07:39 pm
 ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Randi on February 08, 2014, 07:08:16 pm
 ;D ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Helen J on February 08, 2014, 07:16:37 pm
 :D :D :D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: studentforever on February 08, 2014, 08:26:11 pm
Don't worry, although I am living in Scotland I am a proud lass from Cheshire (now dismembered by a succession of governments).  I forget the background to the Earl, I have a sneaky suspicion he was executed after one of the skirmishes for the throne but I wouldn't like to go into print and upset a true Scot.

For the non-UK readers, Cheshire was a pretty county bordering Wales in the North West of England.  It is famous for its cheese, the cat in Alice in Wonderland, and still produces a lot of the rock salt scattered over the roads in winter.  It is also the birthplace of polythene - I still remember the occasional explosions when  the old-fashioned high-pressure reaction vessels blew their safety valves and literally raised the roof (designed that way).
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Janet Jaguar on February 08, 2014, 09:10:16 pm
There is this about our states - unlike counties, they can't have borders rearranged without both states on either side of said border giving full permission.  Thanks for telling which part of England Alice's favorite cat came from.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: studentforever on February 08, 2014, 10:07:25 pm
Your states are just a bit bigger!! Cheshire suffered because it is predominantly rural but between Liverpool and Manchester so they grabbed some desirable bits and then the last government seemed bent on destroying historic counties all over England - especially rural ones - so they did a real carve up of the remainder.

Mind you, we are still suffering the downside of the salt.  They've just spent years stabilising Northwich, the market town of my youth.  There are undocumented salt mines everywhere  dating from the Romans onwards.  We haven't had a major subsidence since my grandfather's time but he could remember a couple of 'flashes' [shallow lakes] forming and most of the buildings are constructed on rafts which allow them to be raised and stabilised  if required.  They've now found a lot of the caverns and pumped them full of 'grout' which will allow a greater range of building techniques and stop scaring the insurance companies.  I shouldn't complain too much because quite a few of my 19th century ancestors were described as rock miners on the census returns!! [Quite a few of the others were salt boilers, and other salt workers as well.]
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Janet Jaguar on February 08, 2014, 11:15:20 pm
If they sustained the families that made you, I'm glad they happened.  And I'm glad they are stabilizing the earth around there.  :)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Dean on February 09, 2014, 12:35:59 am
This one is about 100km from me. An earthquake in 1994 caused a collapse and a mild panic.

http://ny.water.usgs.gov/pubs/fs/fs01798/FS017-98.pdf
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Maikel on February 09, 2014, 07:50:51 am
H.M.S. Castor.

8.45am: Divisions, with night clothing

https://s3.amazonaws.com:443/oldweather/ADM53-37292/0113_1.jpg (https://s3.amazonaws.com:443/oldweather/ADM53-37292/0113_1.jpg)

Not a mondegreen as such, but still, I picture all hands in their pyjama's on deck. :D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Janet Jaguar on February 09, 2014, 07:59:25 am
I know, it's the wording.  I always see the pajamas first in my mind.  ;)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Randi on February 09, 2014, 08:11:15 am
... busily working out math problems ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Hanibal94 on February 14, 2014, 02:39:13 pm
One from another part of the forum:

Me, I just hated being stereotyped.  OK, I am female and I enjoy handicrafts.  I also spent my career in engineering.  I'm sure some of my students would have felt happier if my hobby had been model railways or something but lacemaking, embroidery, knitting just didn't fit their pigeon-hole.  Me, if it wasn't illegal or immoral but merely upset their preconceptions then it was their problem not mine.

I had to read that first line 3x because it kept looking to me like "OK I am female and I enjoy handcuffs"

Not sure what that says about me....
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Dean on February 16, 2014, 09:30:03 pm


A bit more on salt mines. The local paper here had an article about one 60 miles (100km) East of here and the fact that since towns have been using so much of the stuff they are running 24/7 and 3 shifts to try to keep up!

http://www.buffalonews.com/feed/brutal-winter-creates-a-crushing-need-for-road-salt-20140215?
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: camiller on February 17, 2014, 01:58:40 pm
 8)  What an interesting view of work in a salt mine.  I guess some of some of that salt is over here in the east!
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Dean on February 22, 2014, 03:14:13 am
Ark Royal

https://s3.amazonaws.com/oldweather/ADM53-34104/0004_1.jpg


LOGKEEPER wrote...........12:15pm: Hands Make and Mend clothes

Transcriber wrote.....Hands shake and friend clothes :o  ;)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Janet Jaguar on February 22, 2014, 03:18:22 am
 ;D

what a mental picture that makes.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Randi on February 22, 2014, 07:41:30 am
For just a second I read "Weird hands" rather than "Wind hauled" ::)

Merid. to 4 P.M. - http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/USS%20Thetis/vol004of024/vol004_181_1.jpg
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: jil on February 22, 2014, 08:47:48 am
 ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Craig on February 22, 2014, 12:02:14 pm
but you knew that couldn't be right because it wouldn't have been necessary to record  ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Hanibal94 on February 25, 2014, 01:08:24 pm
While translating Plankton Portal into German, I spotted a hilarious typo just in time.

I was doing this sentence:

Quote
We've marked where the axes [as in x-axis, y-axis] of the creatures are.

which, in proper German, would be:

Quote
Wir haben markiert, wo die Achsen der Kreaturen sind.

But instead, I had typed:

Quote
Wir haben markiert, wo die Achseln der Kreaturen sind.

which actually means:

Quote
We've marked where the armpits of the creatures are.

Good thing I checked!
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Craig on February 25, 2014, 01:29:42 pm
Plankton Portal doesn't support scent detection?  ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Randi on February 25, 2014, 01:31:38 pm
 ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: camiller on February 25, 2014, 02:30:15 pm
 ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Janet Jaguar on February 25, 2014, 02:34:37 pm
it would have been interesting   ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Hanibal94 on February 25, 2014, 03:43:36 pm
I don't think plankton use deodorant.... And I don't wanna find out either!
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Craig on February 25, 2014, 04:11:52 pm
Where's your scientific curiosity, Hanibal?  ;D  ;)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Hanibal94 on February 25, 2014, 04:57:59 pm
No thanks. I'd rather stay here in my comfy chair and work on figuring out how to translate "Rocket-ship triangle shaped plankton".
(I gave up and used the scientific name instead)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Randi on February 25, 2014, 05:33:27 pm
I think that it is very nice of you to do the translation!
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Dean on February 25, 2014, 05:38:59 pm
Support Bacteria. They're the only culture some people have.   8)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Hanibal94 on February 25, 2014, 09:24:58 pm
I think that it is very nice of you to do the translation!

Thanks! I felt like my German fluency was too valuable to be wasted, so I signed up to help.
It's been going pretty fast, because it appears a few other Zooites know German too.
Milky Way Project, Disk Detective and Radio Galaxy Zoo are all done, and Plankton Portal is 92% complete.

Perhaps Matteo and Silvia could help with the Italian?
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: AvastMH on February 25, 2014, 10:24:22 pm
Support Bacteria. They're the only culture some people have.   8)
;D ;D ;D nice one Dean
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Pommy Stuart on February 25, 2014, 11:57:29 pm
Support Bacteria. They're the only culture some people have.   8)

They may also be the only 'Friends' some people have.  %^(
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Randi on February 26, 2014, 08:45:23 pm
Quote from: http://encyclopedia.thefreedictionary.com/Biomass+%28ecology%29
Bacterial biomass

There are typically 40 million bacterial cells in a gram of soil and a million bacterial cells in a millilitre of fresh water. In all, it has been estimated that there are about five million trillion trillion, or 5 ? 1030 (5 nonillion) bacteria on Earth with a total biomass equaling that of plants. Some researchers believe that the total biomass of bacteria exceeds that of all plants and animals.

 ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Craig on February 26, 2014, 09:18:48 pm
There's no reason to feel lonely  ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Randi on March 02, 2014, 10:17:02 am
I first read bath deck - closer examination proved it to be berth deck ;D

8am to meridian http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/USS%20Jamestown/vol002of067/vol002of067_036_1.jpg
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Hanibal94 on March 02, 2014, 11:10:14 am
Why bother with a bathing deck when you can just jump off the side?
That's what I picture whenever I see "Hands fall in" written in the logs.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Randi on March 02, 2014, 12:26:20 pm
On one ship I had - with the usual lack of punctuation and random capitalization - it said:

"Hands fall in rigged bath"

 :o

Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Hanibal94 on March 02, 2014, 12:49:49 pm
Good one! I like the idea of a "rigged bath"  ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Craig on March 02, 2014, 03:52:26 pm
as long as the odds are in favour of getting clean ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Helen J on March 03, 2014, 05:23:14 pm
I wondered why they were sending a fox to Seattle, before realising it must be a box.

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/USCS%20Pioneer/Book%2011%20-%20October-December,%201924/IMG_8774_1.jpg
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Hanibal94 on March 03, 2014, 05:58:22 pm
Or was it a fox in socks in a box?   ;)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Randi on March 03, 2014, 06:59:55 pm
Good one! I like the idea of a "rigged bath"  ;D ;D ;D

Dirty trick ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Helen J on March 03, 2014, 07:46:19 pm
Or was it a fox in socks in a box?   ;)

 :D :D Sadly nothing so interesting .... Just a box of instruments.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: camiller on March 03, 2014, 07:52:52 pm

Quote
:D :D Sadly nothing so interesting .... Just a box of instruments.

I can't decide whether to picture a box of barometers or a box of trombones!
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Helen J on March 03, 2014, 08:32:41 pm
 :D :D :D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Dean on March 04, 2014, 01:01:43 pm
Could it be 'Surgical Instruments?' - or am I just being a 'cut up?!'   ::)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Randi on March 04, 2014, 01:04:27 pm
Perhaps somebody's ears boxed ::)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Dean on March 04, 2014, 06:56:14 pm
Oooooooooooooooo...

I'll behave!   :-X :-*
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: camiller on March 04, 2014, 07:11:06 pm
 I guess that word preceeding "box" is "one", but I see ow. ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Helen J on March 05, 2014, 01:51:45 pm
One for Signs of OW addiction?
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Hanibal94 on March 05, 2014, 03:16:54 pm
I noticed that too, but I thought it said "ow" as in "Ow! That hurts!".
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Helen J on March 05, 2014, 03:50:56 pm
I think I thought it might bear both meanings ....  ;)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: camiller on March 06, 2014, 01:34:23 am
 ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Hanibal94 on March 10, 2014, 05:23:05 pm
Saw a strange headline on BBC today (see below).
Turned out the guy was thought to have died back in 2010, but that was wrong, and this time he's definitely dead.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Janet Jaguar on March 10, 2014, 06:05:30 pm
Some editor has fun when they make up headlines.  :)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Randi on March 10, 2014, 06:26:25 pm
 ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Hanibal94 on March 28, 2014, 10:00:09 pm
Not a misreading, but too good not to post:

Unalga, 23rd August 1942:

Exterminating ship.
http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/USRC%20Unalga/b0140_cr2_to_jpg/b0140_070_0.jpg

I know this refers to the fumigating - but it made me stop and look twice there!
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Randi on March 28, 2014, 10:22:32 pm
 :o :o :o

Bye-bye Unalga :'(
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Hanibal94 on April 04, 2014, 06:44:32 am
Unalga II, May 11th 1947:

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/USRC%20Unalga/b0148_cr2_to_jpg/b0148_155_0.jpg

I know the location at the top says "Bering Sea", but it really looks like "Boring Sea"!
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Janet Jaguar on April 04, 2014, 07:35:44 am
Very boring, downright soporific.  :)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Hanibal94 on April 07, 2014, 12:07:41 pm
Another misreading from the Unalga II, 21st September 1947:

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/USRC%20Unalga/b0148_cr2_to_jpg/b0148_307_0.jpg

The Location at noon says "Underway in Bering Sea", but I somehow thought it read "Underwater in Bering Sea"!
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Randi on April 07, 2014, 01:03:59 pm
Hopefully not! ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Helen J on April 07, 2014, 02:21:48 pm
Another misreading from the Unalga II, 21st September 1947:

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/USRC%20Unalga/b0148_cr2_to_jpg/b0148_307_0.jpg

The Location at noon says "Underway in Bering Sea", but I somehow thought it read "Underwater in Bering Sea"!

Are you sure you haven't been transcribing too long?
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Hanibal94 on April 07, 2014, 06:19:50 pm
Too long? Whaddya mean, too long? There is no such thing!
There is only too short!
But there is no too long! NEVER!
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Randi on April 07, 2014, 06:24:27 pm
 ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Helen J on April 07, 2014, 06:55:41 pm
 ;D 8) ;D 8)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Hanibal94 on April 14, 2014, 02:09:14 pm
While nitpicking the 1922 log books of the Pioneer for crew mentions (due to said books having been transcribed by people who never passed any crew info on to me), I spotted this:

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/USCS%20Pioneer/Book%202%20-%20July-October,%201922/IMG_7902_0.jpg

Next to the 4 am WR, it says "Recieved 2 iron drums from McDonnel Cooperage Co.", but I first thought it said "Recieved XXX from McDonalds ....", until my brain reminded me McDonalds did not exist back then - and even if they did, they would most likely not be sending iron drums to sailors.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Helen J on April 14, 2014, 03:51:27 pm
 :D :D :D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Hanibal94 on April 28, 2014, 09:37:18 am
Another one from real life: While on vacation, my little brother was playing the strategy game Clash of Clans 2 on our mom's iPad.
In this game, each unit shouts one of several possible battle cries when you create it.
So while he was making bomber units, one of them said this:

Misheard:   Time to make poo - poo!
Correction: Time to make boom - boom!

Hmm... I wonder what was in the bombs?
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Janet Jaguar on April 28, 2014, 09:41:37 am
 ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Craig on April 30, 2014, 02:00:16 pm
Orville and Wilbur Wright were still fixing bicycles but the USRC Bear carpenters were renewing "air-port gaskets"  ;D

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/USRC%20Bear/vol084/vol084_080_0.jpg

They are putting an air port in the Captain's cabin  ;D :o

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/USRC%20Bear/vol084/vol084_083_0.jpg
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Randi on April 30, 2014, 03:17:11 pm
 ;D

VTOL ?
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Dean on April 30, 2014, 06:43:09 pm
A 'premonition??!!'  ::)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Craig on April 30, 2014, 08:18:38 pm
Yes, vertical take-off and landing.  Certainly a premonition.  ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Maikel on May 03, 2014, 08:48:12 am
Either Yorktown had found a novel way of controlling waterflow, or someone was looking forward to the end of his watch. :)

U.S.S. Yorktown
19-07-1894 - At anchor Lukannon Bay, St. Paul Island, Alaska

8 a.m. to meridian.
Tested all flood clocks and found them in working order.

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/USS%20Yorktown/vol012of040_cr2_to_jpg/vol012of040_030_1.jpg (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/USS%20Yorktown/vol012of040_cr2_to_jpg/vol012of040_030_1.jpg)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Randi on May 03, 2014, 11:11:54 am
 ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: camiller on May 03, 2014, 01:14:31 pm
 ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Pommy Stuart on May 03, 2014, 10:11:47 pm
Orville and Wilbur Wright were still fixing bicycles but the USRC Bear carpenters were renewing "air-port gaskets"  ;D

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/USRC%20Bear/vol084/vol084_080_0.jpg

They are putting an air port in the Captain's cabin  ;D :o

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/USRC%20Bear/vol084/vol084_083_0.jpg

After sailing in a full metal merchant vessel around the tropics I can understand why the Captain wanted an air port.
Us lower engineers had to make our own.
A 20ltr drum cut up and stuffed out of the porthole to catch the passing air.
In port it was worse, you could not leave the porthole open as the locals would climb in and nick your stuff (even when you were asleep).
That was on ships built around 1950.
 
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Hanibal94 on May 03, 2014, 11:23:57 pm
Thanks a bunch for explaining, Stuart - I was really wondering what was going on, especially since Google searching didn't help.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Pommy Stuart on May 04, 2014, 01:34:33 am
I am sure the Captain would have had a more sophisticated one than ours.

Have you seen this game. I have not played it.
http://banjokazooie.wikia.com/wiki/Rusty_Bucket_Bay (http://banjokazooie.wikia.com/wiki/Rusty_Bucket_Bay)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Hanibal94 on May 06, 2014, 02:23:11 pm
Bear, 16th August 1896, 4 to 6 pm watch:

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/USRC%20Bear/vol077/vol077_145_1.jpg (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/USRC%20Bear/vol077/vol077_145_1.jpg)

The last sentence totally looks like "Mermaid in sight during watch".
Methinks the captain needs to cut the rum rations...


Actually it was just a ship sighting. So sorry for getting it wrong like that.  :-[ :-[ :-[
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Randi on May 06, 2014, 02:32:56 pm
It is in quotes, so it is probably a ship.

Previous watch (Merid to 4) Comdg officer visited Bk (Bark?) "Mermaid"



https://archive.org/stream/logbookofmermaid00merm#page/64/mode/2up
"was boarded by Bear"



and here https://archive.org/stream/logbookofmermaid00merm#page/62/mode/2up it mentions Bear and Pt Belcher (http://mapcarta.com/24106530)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Hanibal94 on May 30, 2014, 09:01:58 pm
Bear, 29th Jan 1903:
http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/USRC%20Bear/vol087/vol087_031_1.jpg

Right:   Recieved... 1 box dismounting tools
Wrong: Recieved... boy dismounting tools (I didn't see the 1 at first)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Helen J on June 01, 2014, 08:34:49 pm
I'm editing Hibernia, and enjoyed this attempt at transcribing:

Person: Mentioned: P. Wateh

https://s3.amazonaws.com/oldweather/ADM53-44275/0060_0.jpg
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Randi on June 01, 2014, 08:38:21 pm
Wonder if he was inclined to be portly ;)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Helen J on June 01, 2014, 08:51:17 pm
 :D :D :D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Dean on June 07, 2014, 04:31:56 am
HMS Hood:

Not exactly a mondegreen, but I wonder if the next thing on the Log should be 'tuck her into bed.'  ;)

 (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM53-78914/ADM53-78914-025_0.jpg)

9:20pm: Sunset. Undressed ship
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Janet Jaguar on June 07, 2014, 04:46:29 am
That last action log is so good at creating evil mental pictures.  :)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Hanibal94 on June 07, 2014, 01:24:54 pm
Would the Hood like a bedtime story too?
Or maybe a lullaby?
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Janet Jaguar on June 07, 2014, 04:23:20 pm
 ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Hanibal94 on June 08, 2014, 08:12:35 am
Bear, 27th March 1906:

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/USRC%20Bear/vol095/vol095_093_1.jpg

8 am to 4 pm: Detached live men from the vessel to Thetis...

I'm pretty sure this is wrong, but I cannot figure out what else it could be.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Randi on June 08, 2014, 08:19:34 am
two ;)

I wonder if it is Detailed rather than Detached :-\
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Craig on June 08, 2014, 12:38:25 pm
Five men is more likely, although it does look like an "l".
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Randi on June 08, 2014, 01:08:53 pm
Hard to say. I think the "dot" is the cross-bar of the t. :-\
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Craig on June 08, 2014, 01:59:46 pm
Quite possible, Randi, in which case it would be "two".
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Hanibal94 on June 12, 2014, 07:52:19 am
Bear, 9th July 1908, at 9:30 am:
http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/USRC%20Bear/vol098/vol098A_014_1.jpg

Misread: USRC Perry steamed in, stopped and lowered a brat
Correct:  USRC Perry steamed in, stopped and lowered a boat
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: studentforever on June 12, 2014, 10:40:40 am
The RN ships had boys on board so it might have been a freudian slip on the part of the writer.  I don't know about the US ships though.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Randi on June 12, 2014, 12:07:46 pm
I have seen a few mentions of boys on US ships.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Hanibal94 on June 12, 2014, 12:22:37 pm
The Bear, a US Navy ship, does indeed have boys on board:

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/USRC%20Bear/vol097/vol097_004_0.jpg

According to this post, so does the Perry:

http://forum.oldweather.org/index.php?topic=3697.msg83540#msg83540

I happened to notice the Unalga has them too:

http://forum.oldweather.org/index.php?topic=3395.120
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Hanibal94 on June 19, 2014, 08:15:55 am
Bear, 21st July 1909:

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/USRC%20Bear/vol100/vol100_026_0.jpg

I know the position at noon says "West of Cross Hill", but it really looks like "West of Gross Hill"!
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Janet Jaguar on June 19, 2014, 08:34:58 am
There are places in the US with names like Gross or Grosse Point (http://www.grossepointlighthouse.net/).  Remember how important German immigrants were in the 18th and 19th centuries.  :)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Janet Jaguar on June 19, 2014, 08:40:49 am
The Bear, a US Navy ship, does indeed have boys on board:

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/USRC%20Bear/vol097/vol097_004_0.jpg

According to this post, so does the Perry:

http://forum.oldweather.org/index.php?topic=3697.msg83540#msg83540

I happened to notice the Unalga has them too:

http://forum.oldweather.org/index.php?topic=3395.120


Naval History & Heritage Command's Compilation of Enlisted Ratings and Apprenticeships, U.S. Navy, 1775 to 1969 (http://www.history.navy.mil/faqs/faq78-3.htm)
Quote
Boy - Established 1797; changed to Boy 1c, 2c, and 3c 1864. Re-established as Boy 1884; disestablished 1893.

History of Apprentice Boys (http://usmilitary.about.com/library/milinfo/blnavytrad-10.htm)
Quote
Apprentice boys were introduced during the period 1875-1880 and lasted only a short time until 1904. For a number of years, however, the apprentice system formed a major part of the Navy's training program for enlisted men. Its purpose was to attract high caliber youngsters into the Navy and give them instructions in seamanship, gunnery and the rudiments of a general education.

Apprentices entered the Navy between the ages of 14 and 18 and served until their 21st birthday. Unlike other applicants of that time they could not be enlisted at recruiting stations. Instead, they reported to one of the Navy's receiving ships at Boston, New York, Philadelphia or Mare Island. After 1883 they could also enlist at the training station at Newport. It was preferred that their parents or guardian accompany them when they applied. ...
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Hanibal94 on June 19, 2014, 08:59:44 am
That's strange - the rank was supposedly disestablished in 1893, but the Bear still has boys in 1909.
http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/USRC%20Bear/vol100/vol100_005_0.jpg

Maybe it's because she's with the Revenue Cutter Service at this time, not with the US Navy.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Janet Jaguar on June 19, 2014, 09:14:32 am
I think when they disestablished the rating (in 1904 - apparently have the big wigs in Washington decide to end a good system of education took a while to filter down :) ) they simply stopped taking new boys in.  That link for the history of boys in the Navy ends in a very interesting paragraph.

Quote
In view of the difficult entrance requirements, the low pay, and the varied duty they were subjected to, the question often was asked why would a youngster want to become an apprentice. One of the reasons was that they received a good education for the time, and at the same time received systematic instruction in seamanship.

The apprentice training system in the Navy ended in December 1904 when it became merged with the landsman training system of that time. The main emphasis shifted to basic training ashore, with a three months' course of instruction at one of the Navy's three training stations. These were Newport, Norfolk, and San Francisco. The last Apprentice Boy payed off was Harry Morris, TMC who served from 1903 to 1958. Chief Morris, like the other ex-apprentices, wore a figure eight knot insignia on his uniform.

Information Courtesy of Naval Historical Center (now the Navy History & Heritage Command)

If a 14 year old signed up for apprentice - the "boy" rating lasted until his 21st birthday - there would still have been boys around until 1911.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: propriome on June 19, 2014, 04:36:13 pm
1st and 2nd class boys are still part of Unalga crew in 1917, they're quite few (Unalga's May 1917 Roster Sheet (http://goo.gl/51ah0q) comprises 3 B/1c and 6 B/2c) in comparison with Seamen and Ordinary Seamen (13+9), but still joining and being detached from the ship.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Janet Jaguar on June 19, 2014, 04:42:54 pm
A proper apprenticeship in any complex craft is a very tried and true way to get a good education to kids whose family can't afford much.  That assumes enough good oversight to prevent abusers to turn an educational system into abuse - which if actually the difficult part of the system.  I'm not surprised the RN stayed with taking in boys much longer, it can be a good system.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Randi on June 19, 2014, 06:50:46 pm
Interesting!
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Hanibal94 on June 20, 2014, 01:34:51 pm
While checking some translations as part of the practical phase of my college course, I stumbled across this hilarious bit of badly done legalese.

Original German:
Quote
Anmeldung im Online-Shop durch Eingabe von Benutzerkennung und Passwort oder ? falls ein Kundenkonto noch nicht besteht ? Eingabe der Bestelldaten in das daf?r vorgesehene Formular

What it should have been in English:
Quote
Sign into the online shop by entering their user ID and password, or - if the customer does not yet have an account - entering the order details in the form provided for this purpose

What it really was:
Quote
Sign in the online shop by entering your user ID and password, or - if the customer does not yet exist - enter the order details in the form provided for this purpose

Good thing I was asked to check this!
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: AvastMH on June 20, 2014, 01:48:04 pm
 ;D ;D ;D ;D
That'll give the existentialists something to dwell upon!
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Craig on June 28, 2014, 08:33:56 pm
The Bear log keeper seems quite nonchalant about the disappearance of a mountain  :o ;D

Quote
Mount Makushin disappeared about 6:45, seventy miles distant.

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/USRC%20Bear/vol100/vol100_023_1.jpg
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Randi on June 28, 2014, 09:29:20 pm
 ;D
Jamestown 1844's log keeper tends to suddenly discover islands and ships ;)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Craig on June 28, 2014, 10:42:50 pm
Perhaps the mountains are merely moving around, then  ;D  We might want to alert the climate scientists to this phenomenon.  ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Dean on June 29, 2014, 12:58:26 am
Maybe the mountain turned into a molehill??!! ::)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: h.kohler on July 01, 2014, 08:48:34 am
Some devices aboard H.M.S. Ambrose might have feet:

5.15 pm: Clocks and sounding tubes arrived back, 2 compasses left for shore to be repaired.

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM53-33490/ADM53-33490-018_1.jpg

Also note that electricians took a long tea time (2 hours).
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Craig on July 01, 2014, 11:34:35 am
I don't suppose the "liberty" clocks have any excuse for not returning to the ship on time.  ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Thursday Next on August 08, 2014, 04:47:36 pm
I was halfway through posting this as a handwriting query when the penny dropped!
https://s3.amazonaws.com/oldweather/ADM53-48313/0060_1.jpg
At 8am we have "Cooks of Mess clean Mess Deck" followed at 10am by what I read as "Cooks of Maris fall in & employed getting out Shell Hoist Motors".  (Googling "Cooks of Maris" brings up lots of info about cooking Maris Piper potatoes  ::) )  It did seem to be an odd task for cooks to be engaged on and eventually it dawned that I wasn't just reading "Maris" wrong, I was reading "Cooks" wrong as well, the idea having been put into my head by the previous line.  I am now fairly confident that what it actually says is "Corps of Marines", with the letters merging into each other!
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Danny252 on August 08, 2014, 05:39:15 pm
Even with some editing of the image, it still looks like "Maris" to me - possibly just an abbreviation?
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Dean on August 09, 2014, 02:10:31 pm
I'd go with 'Corps' but there aren't enough 'letters' to get 'Marines.'  LOOKS like 'Maris or Mavis.'. I'll do some research and see if I can help.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Thursday Next on August 09, 2014, 04:41:47 pm
While the "n" and "e" have been left out, I'd put money on that being what they mean.  Marines come in Corps and getting out machinery is the kind of job they get given when there's no actual fighting to be done.  It will, however, have a [?] after it in the finished document.   :)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Helen J on August 11, 2014, 04:22:23 pm
I'm enjoying a transcriber's attempt at Rosyth - which comes out as 'Rosy Harbour'.  Which from what I remember from passing through Rosyth isn't a very accurate description of it.

And another one in the same log (don't know whether it's the same transcriber) 'drew fries in steam cutter'. 
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: jil on August 11, 2014, 10:04:27 pm
 ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Tegwen on August 27, 2014, 12:32:43 pm
HMS Proserpine, is patrolling the Straits of Gibraltar, mooring to a buoy in the harbour each night and leaving before 06.00 each morning
http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM%2053-56013/Z1-ADM53-56013-0104_1.jpg

On this particular morning the transcriber has written.

5.50 Sheep proceed out of harbour

I guess it is a way of getting more sleep, while counting the sheep leaving!!
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Dean on August 28, 2014, 04:46:58 am
HMS HOOD  Transcriber must have been at a wedding! ;)

And a question of my own.

Abbreviation M.O.H.  ??!! ???

(http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM53-78914/ADM53-78914-124_1.jpg)

6:00am: Cleaning ship - Captain of Port & M.O.H. visited ship

I'm thinking Medical Officer ~~~       (A transcriber thought ' Matron of Honour')  ::)

Medical Officer for Health

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medical_Officer_for_Health


Why, of COURSE!! How could I be so dumb as to miss THAT??!! ;)


Maybe I should put this in the 'Mondegreens' page! ::)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: studentforever on August 29, 2014, 08:24:51 pm
Not a transcribing mondegreen but my imagination boggled.

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM%2053-62040/ADM%2053-62040-014_1.jpg

At 4.30pm I am sure I can read - backward swimmers at instruction

Since Swiftsure's cruising through the ocean, most non-olympic swimmers would be going backwards!!
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Danny252 on September 19, 2014, 06:14:43 pm
For 10 days in early May, 1901, the Albatross was docked in Seattle, WA.

Having recorded the locations on my map, I was quite confused by the locations given before and after docking, as they didn't match up with where the ship should've been - it seemed to be travelling very quickly, and going in circles when it should've been going straight.

After some head-scratching, I have discovered where my error lay. The image below shows my placemark for the docking location in "Seattle" - the large label right next to it should've been an obvious hint that I had made a mistake!

(http://i.imgur.com/4JOI6Bu.jpg)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Randi on September 19, 2014, 06:54:46 pm
 ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Janet Jaguar on September 20, 2014, 12:13:58 am
Seattle and Tacoma are close enough to share a single airport!!  :D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Maikel on September 21, 2014, 07:24:02 am
H.M.S. Usk.

Transcriber: Boarded: General Learc.
Log: General leave to starboard watch.

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM%2053-66563/ADM%2053-66563-014_0.jpg (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM%2053-66563/ADM%2053-66563-014_0.jpg)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Randi on September 21, 2014, 07:44:07 am
 :-X ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Randi on September 24, 2014, 07:14:47 pm
I just, momentarily, read speeds as spuds :-X
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Danny252 on September 24, 2014, 08:09:20 pm
"Steaming on various courses and spuds", the tale of an overstocked mess hall and an understocked coal bunker.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Maikel on September 25, 2014, 07:40:10 am
H.M.S. Usk

Transcriber: Died: Let Jeima die out
Log: Let fires die out

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM%2053-66564/ADM%2053-66564-005_1.jpg (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM%2053-66564/ADM%2053-66564-005_1.jpg)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: studentforever on September 25, 2014, 08:56:50 am
Poor Jeima!

 :'( :'( :'(
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: AvastMH on September 25, 2014, 09:49:09 pm
"Steaming on various courses and spuds", the tale of an overstocked mess hall and an understocked coal bunker.

 ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Hanibal94 on September 26, 2014, 01:30:23 pm
I recently visited a relative whose young daughter was watching Sesame Street.
While chatting with the adults, I overheard a few bits of the TV - and totally misunderstood one of them:

Misheard:   Turd is a word that starts with T!
Correction: Turn is a word that starts with T!
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: AvastMH on September 26, 2014, 06:22:15 pm
well - um - both are true!  :-[ :)
PS - and another Old English word - from Norse I think this time.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Craig on September 26, 2014, 07:52:14 pm
Sesame Street is well known for its deceptively subtle potty humour.  ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Randi on September 26, 2014, 08:34:32 pm
Better move away from this dangerous turf.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Dean on September 27, 2014, 03:00:08 am
Turn...Turd...Turf...

Doesn't this line of thought belong over in the Another Word Game Forum??!! ::)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Randi on September 27, 2014, 07:15:47 am
 ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Hanibal94 on October 02, 2014, 12:12:17 pm
Unalga, 28th April 1923

After looking at the rest of the page, I worked out that the location at the top is Funter Bay, which I had initially misread as *ar*** Bay!

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/Unalga//Volumes/Seagate%20Backup%20Plus%20Drive/Arfon-JPEGS/RG26/UNALGA//b2575/b2575_089_0.jpg
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Janet Jaguar on October 02, 2014, 12:53:13 pm
 ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: AvastMH on October 02, 2014, 10:39:37 pm
 ;) :D :D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Hanibal94 on October 10, 2014, 07:41:35 am
Unalga's latest log keeper tends to write in hard-to-read fancy script way too often for my tastes.
For example:
http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/Unalga//Volumes/Seagate%20Backup%20Plus%20Drive/Arfon-JPEGS/RG26/UNALGA//b2580/b2580_150_0.jpg

I had to use the Remarks page to figure out the noon location - it's Gastineau Channel, not Goatman Channel, which is what I initially read!
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Randi on October 10, 2014, 07:47:08 am
Or Gastineau Channel ?
http://forum.oldweather.org/index.php?topic=3644.msg70991#msg70991
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Danny252 on October 16, 2014, 07:48:31 am
Not a misread per se, but just now I somehow managed to transcribe "Fraser Reach" as "Frasher Rich", despite having typed it correctly everywhere else on the page, and having three maps open with the spelling visible!
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Randi on October 16, 2014, 07:53:12 am
 ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Craig on October 16, 2014, 10:36:23 am
When I was transcribing a log page the other day I came across what looked like "one half of AA battery unused" and I wondered if they even had AA batteries in 1943. It finally occurred to me that it was "manned" rather than "unused" and they were talking about a different kind of battery.  ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: AvastMH on October 16, 2014, 10:40:26 am
 ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Dean on October 17, 2014, 06:20:34 pm
The power of positive thinking!!  ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Craig on October 18, 2014, 01:17:11 am
You could get discharged for a pun like that, Dean.  ;D :P ::)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Dean on October 19, 2014, 10:41:29 pm
A bit off added spice and I could be charged with assault and battery!   ::)

BTW - I saw a Hydrogen atom who was in an accident and had a proton knocked off and who told me she was an ion.

I said 'Are you sure?'  She said 'I'm positive!'   :P ;)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Janet Jaguar on October 19, 2014, 11:50:29 pm
A bit off added spice and I could be charged with assault and battery!   ::)

BTW - I saw a Hydrogen atom who was in an accident and had a proton :o electron :) knocked off and who told me she was an ion.

I said 'Are you sure?'  She said 'I'm positive!'   :P ;)

Sorry, all my ancient chemistry lessons started itching.  I closed the browser but couldn't concentrate on anything else.   ;D

(http://www.triumf.info/common/images/mids/vt4_hatom_450.jpg)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Randi on October 20, 2014, 08:35:55 am
Good work Janet!

I remember a whiteboard at work where someone had written "= ∞". After passing it a couple of times I finally erased the = and put in an arrow. His office-mate thanked me! ;D



What is it that you taught, Dean? ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Craig on October 20, 2014, 12:07:52 pm
I am convinced that Dean taught humour and I am surprised that his students didn't tie and gag him like they did the bard in Asterix comics  ;D ;D ;D

(Just kidding, Dean, I like your puns)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Dean on October 20, 2014, 12:25:00 pm
Thanks for the catch Janet! In my hurry to 'bust Craig's chops' I got my particles wrong. ESPECIALLY embarrassing since I taught Science/Math for 38 years!!  :o

Since most of my career was with Grades 5 & 6 I got most of my humour (or lack of it) from the kids.  I guess I just fit in with the 11 year old mind!! ::)

With that, I'll end my 'pun'ishment of you lovely people - I'm off to build with our Habitat for Humanity crew for the day.  ;)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Janet Jaguar on October 20, 2014, 06:28:48 pm
 8)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Hanibal94 on October 21, 2014, 10:48:26 am
Unalga, Jan 25 1930, noon location

I was wondering why there is a place called Pointless Rock - and then I realized it must be Pointers Rock.

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/Unalga//Volumes/Seagate%20Backup%20Plus%20Drive/Arfon-JPEGS/RG26/UNALGA//b2585/b2585_030_0.jpg
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Danny252 on October 22, 2014, 11:23:23 pm
Pointless Rock sounds like a good companion location for Point No Point!
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Danny252 on October 24, 2014, 12:19:12 am
I'm sure I'm not the only one who has transcribed a bunch of 30.xx barometer readings close to 30.00, only to realise that I've been typing "30.98" for the last three entries!

After transcribing almost a year of logs, I've finally caught my logkeeper making the same mistake :)

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/Albatross/vol038of055/vol038of055_172_0.jpg (6pm reading)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Janet Jaguar on October 24, 2014, 12:22:20 am
Well, in your example, the first of those .99ers was the logkeeper's error.  :D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Hanibal94 on November 10, 2014, 06:04:12 pm
Perry, June 26th 1909:

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/Commodore%20perry//Volumes/Seagate%20Backup%20Plus%20Drive/Arfon-JPEGS/RG26/COMMODORE%20PERRY//vol188/vol188_182_1.jpg

The sentence says "Skipped accidentally. Wm T Stromberg, 2nd Lieutenant", but I thought it said "Shipped accidentally: Wm T Stromberg, 2nd Lieutenant"!
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Hanibal94 on November 20, 2014, 07:18:27 am
I was trying to figure out what druid peaches and roast pup were, before realizing it must be dried peaches and roast beef (8 am to noon).

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/USS%20Concord/vol024of040/vol024of040_109_1.jpg
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Randi on November 20, 2014, 07:19:41 am
 ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Pommy Stuart on November 20, 2014, 07:33:59 am
Thanks for the help on the Concord Hanibal.

i's and e's can be hard to read with this scribe.
look for the ' (dot)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Hanibal94 on November 25, 2014, 07:23:39 am
Another one from the Concord, Noon- 4 pm:

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/USS%20Concord/vol024of040/vol024of040_163_1.jpg

"Recieved the following stores: .... 112 lbs brown juice, 224 lbs white juice ..."

This confused me for a bit - then I realized it was actually brown zinc and white zinc, thanks to there not being any e's!
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: AvastMH on November 25, 2014, 08:25:14 pm
 ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Hanibal94 on December 05, 2014, 10:40:44 am
Bit of a nasty one from the Concord:

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/USS%20Concord/vol025of040/vol025of040_052_1.jpg

I know the first paragraph says "At 1.00 flagship signalled .....", but it really looks like "At 1.00 flogship signalled ....."
Ouch!
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Pommy Stuart on December 05, 2014, 11:59:11 pm
Hi Hanibal
You are about 20 pages ahead of me, keep up the good work.  ;)

(That was not a challenge for a race.)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Hanibal94 on December 06, 2014, 09:44:32 am
Don't thank me, thank Craig - he's doing way more than just 5 dates per day.

But if you really want to show gratitude, try doing a little bit on the Pioneer each day - even as little as 50 WR will help.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Pommy Stuart on December 07, 2014, 12:16:23 am
Very tight schedule around this time but will try.
Thanks also Craig.

(I like my gratitude in the form of Scotch)  ::)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Janet Jaguar on December 07, 2014, 01:16:23 am
We'll email you a few drams.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: exim202 on January 04, 2015, 04:28:45 pm
Shore force fainting below.
And they are still in port, Calm, 0... Think it is 'painting' - ship is in for repair.
http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/Commodore%20perry//Volumes/Seagate%20Backup%20Plus%20Drive/Arfon-JPEGS/RG26/COMMODORE%20PERRY//vol186/vol186_105_1.jpg
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: jil on January 04, 2015, 04:41:29 pm
 :) It could be the fumes!
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: AvastMH on January 05, 2015, 01:05:30 am
Um - quick question - if everywhere was being painted - were the crew all balanced on the yard arms waiting 'til it dried?   ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Craig on January 05, 2015, 03:46:06 pm
or perhaps they were treading water?  ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Kookaburra on January 10, 2015, 08:23:03 pm
Thetis, 24 June 1889, steaming out of Ounalaska
8am to merid
http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/USS%20Thetis/vol008of024/vol008_147_1.jpg

I am not sure what this says, but I am relatively certain there is not a "Cafe Cheerful" in the arctic!

(http://kookabura.smugmug.com/photos/i-h3VxLFV/0/X3/i-h3VxLFV-X3.jpg)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Randi on January 10, 2015, 08:30:52 pm
Probably Cape Cheerful ;D
http://www.geonames.org/5859044/cape-cheerful.html
http://forum.oldweather.org/index.php?topic=3644.msg64213#msg64213
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Pommy Stuart on January 11, 2015, 10:27:09 pm
Wow, these do look like BIG cartridges 4000.6mm

(I guess they mean 4000 x  6mm cartridges for the rifles)

They threw them overboard the next day.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: jil on February 12, 2015, 01:29:59 pm
Mice in sight  :o  ;D

Last entry 8pm to Mid - http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/USS%20Thetis/vol009of024/vol009_039_1.jpg
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Post by: Craig on February 12, 2015, 01:38:31 pm
I hope you reported the mice in the animals tab, Jil?  ;D
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Post by: Hanibal94 on February 12, 2015, 08:50:58 pm
Quick! Get the ship's cat!
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Post by: AvastMH on February 12, 2015, 10:33:31 pm
So funny - at that time of night those mice must be luminous  - WHAT were they eating from the ship's store??!?  ;) ;D
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Post by: exim202 on February 13, 2015, 10:09:03 pm
Well it can't be light weight rations. They haven't been invented yet. ::) But I guess one pack would make a mouse light up. Or at least its eyes!  :D

On a similar gastronomic theme:

8am-4pm: Received from Department 100 cookies
http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/Commodore%20perry//Volumes/Seagate%20Backup%20Plus%20Drive/Arfon-JPEGS/RG26/COMMODORE%20PERRY//vol187/vol187_145_1.jpg
 :P :P :P
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Post by: Maxntopeka on February 14, 2015, 03:02:31 am
I kept looking and looking for those cookies. But finally realized I'd kept read it "100 copies Enlistment Records".     Old eyes are a pain!
Max
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Post by: Hanibal94 on February 14, 2015, 10:07:37 am
It is indeed 100 copies - as a man with young eyes, I can confirm this - but 100 cookies would be a lot better!
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Post by: exim202 on February 14, 2015, 01:07:26 pm
In my case, old eyes, and bedtime rumbling tum did the trick!  :D
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Post by: Kookaburra on February 14, 2015, 05:08:31 pm
The same logkeeper that shocked Jil with the mice regularly deceives me with reports of barometers disappearing.

I read this as "Barometer missing" 90% of the time.   ::)

(http://kookabura.smugmug.com/photos/i-HNTcZNz/0/O/i-HNTcZNz.jpg)

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/USS%20Thetis/vol009of024/vol009_092_1.jpg
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Post by: jil on February 14, 2015, 05:27:49 pm
Presumably the mice took it.
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Post by: Randi on February 14, 2015, 06:36:28 pm
... to trade for cookies ;)
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Post by: Kookaburra on February 14, 2015, 06:43:24 pm
:D   ;D
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Post by: exim202 on February 24, 2015, 05:52:59 pm
8 am - 4 pm
Officers rioted yesterday before U.S. Court

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/Commodore%20perry//Volumes/Seagate%20Backup%20Plus%20Drive/Arfon-JPEGS/RG26/COMMODORE%20PERRY//vol189/vol189_112_1.jpg
Should be "Officers noted yesterday..." They are giving evidence in a seal poaching case.
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Post by: AvastMH on February 26, 2015, 12:15:24 am
You need a big pot to poach a seal... ::) :D
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Post by: Randi on February 26, 2015, 07:55:10 am
 :P ;D
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Post by: Craig on February 26, 2015, 03:46:02 pm
 ;D

You don't want to poach seals or you'll have the entire Northern Fleet after you, Joan. That would be unbearable.  ;D
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Post by: h.kohler on February 28, 2015, 12:47:20 pm
While proof reading my editing I stumbled on a typing mistake I made:

Gin crews at loader   ;D ;D
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Post by: Randi on February 28, 2015, 01:25:30 pm
Getting loaded? ;D
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Post by: exim202 on February 28, 2015, 09:38:27 pm
That would be a blast...   ::)
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Post by: Hanibal94 on March 25, 2015, 08:11:03 pm
Patterson, 20th July 1889,  second sentence from the top:

At 2 am started pies under main boiler

Obvious correction: started fires under main boiler

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/USCS%20Patterson/Book%2042/IMG_9062_1.jpg

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Post by: Janet Jaguar on March 25, 2015, 08:42:41 pm
Your reading is really much tastier.  :D
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Post by: Randi on March 25, 2015, 08:50:11 pm
Energy efficient too ;)
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Post by: Hanibal94 on April 15, 2015, 01:56:01 pm
Patterson, 31st August 1890, last sentence:
Sent rebel party out to watch for the steamer.

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/USCS%20Patterson/Book%2046/IMG_9470_1.jpg

Correction: Sent relief party out to watch for the steamer.

And I thought the U.S. Civil War was over by 1890...
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Post by: Randi on April 15, 2015, 01:57:34 pm
 ;D
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Post by: Helen J on April 15, 2015, 05:35:02 pm
Nice one by a transcriber on Bacchus:

5.00pm: Clean hammocks shun   

Someone obviously prefers a nice well worn in hammock to one of these nasty clean ones!

https://s3.amazonaws.com/oldweather/ADM53-34686/0015_1.jpg
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Post by: jil on April 15, 2015, 06:05:06 pm
 ;D
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Post by: Randi on April 15, 2015, 06:21:04 pm
That page makes you appreciate the US scans!
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Post by: Hanibal94 on April 15, 2015, 06:52:36 pm
That page makes you appreciate the US scans!

Yeah really! (Didn't Chrome automatically correct this in the past? It doesn't seem to do so anymore)
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Post by: Randi on April 15, 2015, 07:22:24 pm
I thought it did.
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Post by: Helen J on April 15, 2015, 07:56:10 pm
I didn't think it was that bad - perhaps I've been around too long ....  ::)
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Post by: Randi on April 15, 2015, 08:11:50 pm
I took a second look, and I guess it really isn't that bad :-\
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Post by: Hanibal94 on April 15, 2015, 08:15:54 pm
The weather data is fine (if in a different order), but I am quite young and have very good eyesight, so I have no idea how the rest of you are.
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Post by: Thursday Next on April 15, 2015, 08:31:47 pm
I thought the scan was a bit pale, but the writing didn't seem to be too bad.  Chrome did used to correct this automatically but no longer does so - while it was very useful for us, I wonder if it used to "correct" pages that were intended to actually look the way they did?  Not to worry, because Chrome has the Sheen app which works very well to enhance bad scans and faded ink.  :)
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Post by: AvastMH on April 15, 2015, 08:55:23 pm
looked like 'clean hammocks slum' to me  :o :D
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Post by: Maikel on April 17, 2015, 03:11:31 pm
For the 8.45am entry, I had already typed a P.
Luckily I realised in time it had to be a T. :D

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM%2053-66581/ADM%2053-66581-009_1.jpg (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM%2053-66581/ADM%2053-66581-009_1.jpg)
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Post by: Helen J on April 17, 2015, 04:39:54 pm
 :D :D :D
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Post by: AvastMH on April 17, 2015, 05:13:11 pm
 ;D ;D ;D
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Post by: Thursday Next on April 17, 2015, 08:25:20 pm
Just at first glance I read the "T" without any problem - I just read the rest of the word as "-ulips"  ::)
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Post by: Randi on April 17, 2015, 10:18:42 pm
We all have our priorities ;)
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Post by: studentforever on April 19, 2015, 10:26:47 am
One of my transcribers came up with a good one -

'Held diving service'

and it was Easter Sunday. 

Helen, I thought of you!!
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Post by: studentforever on April 19, 2015, 10:38:00 am
I think it is the same transcriber who wrote

'Commenced coding' and
'Finished coding'

This time I thought of Hanibal (who didn't transcribe it as he admits to transcribing very few events!)
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Post by: Randi on April 19, 2015, 11:33:50 am
 ;D
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Post by: Helen J on April 19, 2015, 02:20:53 pm
One of my transcribers came up with a good one -

'Held diving service'

and it was Easter Sunday. 

Helen, I thought of you!!


 :D :D :D :D  Definitely not trained or qualified for that (though I did sprinkle a good bit of water around on Easter Sunday ....)
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Post by: Hanibal94 on April 19, 2015, 08:40:54 pm
I think it is the same transcriber who wrote

'Commenced coding' and
'Finished coding'

This time I thought of Hanibal (who didn't transcribe it as he admits to transcribing very few events!)

Nope, I did not transcribe that. But it is a pretty good minimalistic summary of what I do during the practical parts of my course (like the one I'm in now, which goes until end of June this year)
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Post by: Hanibal94 on April 27, 2015, 01:03:46 pm
Another one from real life: Yesterday, I was helping my mom clean out her basement and came across a can of beans with a mistranslated label (The can was VERY old, so it got thrown out):

German original: "Schwarze Bohnen in Chilisosse"
Proper English:   "Black beans in chili sauce"
Wrong English:   "Black beans in chilly sauce"

No thanks - I'd rather have warm sauce with my beans!
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Post by: Helen J on April 27, 2015, 01:08:26 pm
Food seems to be a very fertile source of mistranslation!
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Post by: Hanibal94 on May 11, 2015, 10:22:48 am
Jamestown, 6th Jan 1871, little note at the bottom:

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/USS%20Jamestown/vol037of067/vol037of067_013_1.jpg

Right:    All sea data extracted between...
Wrong: All pea data extracted between...

Gregor Mendel? Is that you?
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Post by: AvastMH on May 11, 2015, 01:59:12 pm
 ;D ;D ;D
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Post by: Craig on May 11, 2015, 03:19:29 pm
Caught in the act of fudging the data.  ;D
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Post by: AvastMH on May 11, 2015, 07:50:49 pm
 ::) ::) ;D (That was terrible Craig  ;) ;D )
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Post by: Hanibal94 on May 12, 2015, 01:31:04 pm
Jamestown, Apr 14th 1871, little paragraph on the right side around Noon:

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/USS%20Jamestown/vol037of067/vol037of067_111_0.jpg

When you zoom out, the top sentence kinda looks like "Slain Earl Lmq".
That made me think of this topic at once!
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Post by: studentforever on June 17, 2015, 07:11:45 am
One of my transcribers offered

Stormy wind. Fine + cloudy ship pitching to considerable smell (8pm)

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM_53-47696/ADM%2053-47696-017_1.jpg
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Post by: propriome on June 17, 2015, 08:06:56 am
;D ;D ;D

(The S'ly smell must have been quite terrible for the whole ship to pitch)
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Post by: Randi on June 17, 2015, 01:29:16 pm
 ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
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Post by: AvastMH on June 17, 2015, 06:43:08 pm
 ;D ;D ;D Looks like they've got a stores shortage - too few bars to go on the 't's!
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Post by: Hanibal94 on July 10, 2015, 02:43:25 pm
While typing out a post to the Shipopoly topic, I noticed I had written "Bilge Pimps" instead of "Bilge Pumps".
Oh... what a mental image that makes!  ;D
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Post by: AvastMH on July 10, 2015, 09:40:19 pm
oh wow Hanibal...sends my mind into a spin!  :o ::) :D
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Post by: Hanibal94 on July 21, 2015, 11:30:13 am
My dad just sent me something hilarious he saw in a German airport: A sign that meant to say:

Quote
Please do not leave your baggage unattended!

which, in correct German, would be:

Quote
Bitte lassen Sie Ihren Gepaeck nicht unbeaufsichtigt!

But it actually said:

Quote
Bitte lassen Sie Ihren Gebaeck nicht unbeaufsichtigt!

which actually means:

Quote
Please do not leave your baked goods unattended!


I love it when just one wrong letter completely changes the meaning.
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Post by: Randi on July 21, 2015, 11:57:52 am
Unattended baked goods attended to here! ;D
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Post by: jil on July 21, 2015, 04:33:24 pm
 ;D
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Post by: Hanibal94 on August 06, 2015, 09:15:31 pm
While watching S4E01 of Game of Thrones with subtitles, I spotted a hilarious mistake:
In the flashback sequence at the beginning, they show the scene where Tywin Lannister told his daughter "Tyrion will do as he's bid, and you will marry Ser Loras."
However, the subtitle is missing one word - a very important one, as it turns out (see below)!

This is even funnier when you know that Loras is secretly gay.

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Post by: jil on August 23, 2015, 09:47:03 pm
http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/USS%20Thetis/vol013of024/vol013_040_1.jpg

8am to Merid - At 9.30 the sea becoming very wavy ...

At second glance it turns out to be the rather more boring - sea becoming very heavy.  :(
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Post by: AvastMH on August 23, 2015, 11:15:50 pm
While watching S4E01 of Game of Thrones with subtitles, I spotted a hilarious mistake:
In the flashback sequence at the beginning, they show the scene where Tywin Lannister told his daughter "Tyrion will do as he's bid, and you will marry Ser Loras."
However, the subtitle is missing one word - a very important one, as it turns out (see below)!

This is even funnier when you know that Loras is secretly gay.

Always read it twice before pressing print etc etc  ;) :D
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Post by: AvastMH on August 23, 2015, 11:17:26 pm
http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/USS%20Thetis/vol013of024/vol013_040_1.jpg

8am to Merid - At 9.30 the sea becoming very wavy ...

At second glance it turns out to be the rather more boring - sea becoming very heavy.  :(

Tut tut! I don't know - wavy seas - what ever next??!?  :o ;) ;) ;D
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Post by: Hanibal94 on September 17, 2015, 10:55:59 pm
Jamestown 1844, 31 July 1852 (upper half of page), 8-12 am watch:
http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/USS%20Jamestown/vol006of067/vol006of067_173_1.jpg

"F H Baker sprinted for duty on board of this ship"

Turns out it's actually reported - but I like my version better. Got this image in my head of him oversleeping, getting dressed in a hurry, and racing off to the docks!
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Post by: jil on September 18, 2015, 08:50:43 am
 ;D
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Post by: Randi on September 18, 2015, 11:41:23 am
It does conjure up images ;D
Sprinting along the dock just as the ship is about to leave...
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Post by: studentforever on September 18, 2015, 01:18:16 pm
I once saw a passenger arrive back late for a Hebridean ferry. He was wearing a kilt. In response to his frantic waves the ferry scraped by the pier and a couple of brawny dockmen threw him over the rail. Anyone standing in the right place would have been in no doubt what that Scotsman wore under his kilt!
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Post by: Janet Jaguar on September 18, 2015, 03:32:46 pm
 ;D
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Post by: AvastMH on September 19, 2015, 12:08:38 am
 ;D ;D ;D
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Post by: Hanibal94 on October 06, 2015, 06:27:12 pm
Another good one from real life:

When I was about eight, Mom got me a new book called "The Indian in the Cupboard".
I hilariously mispronounced it as "The Idiot in the Cupboard" - we got such a good laugh out of that one!
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Post by: AvastMH on October 06, 2015, 06:37:21 pm
No home is complete without one surely?  (Indian OR idiot  ;D )  ;)
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Post by: Helen J on October 06, 2015, 08:08:04 pm
I had a book entitled 'Myths and Legends' but in my early reading attempt it came out as 'Myths and Leg Ends' ....
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Post by: AvastMH on October 06, 2015, 08:32:18 pm
 ;D ;D ;D
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Post by: Thursday Next on October 06, 2015, 08:54:56 pm
Don't know how many of you are familiar with singer-songwriter John Grant?  He has a new single called "Disappointing" which is a list-type song, in the same spirit as "My Favourite Things".  I kept hearing one line as "Owls and guitars when they do not match".  As someone who has yet to see a matching owl and guitar set, I was fairly sure I must be mis-hearing this.  I listened very attentively over and over but I couldn't hear the words as anything else.  When John did a session on Jo Whiley's Radio 2 Show last week, she asked for questions from listeners, so I emailed in asking please what does this line say really (all the other questions being serious stuff like where does he get his songwriting inspiration from, and so on).  And I have had my mondegreen corrected by the man himself - it actually goes "Owls, and good socks when they do not match" and is a testimony to the pleasure of clean socks!  I can just about hear that now, most of the time, but sometimes I still hear it as "owls and guitars"!
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Post by: Janet Jaguar on October 06, 2015, 08:59:09 pm
 :o ;D
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Post by: jil on October 06, 2015, 09:09:08 pm
 ;D ;D ;D
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Post by: Hanibal94 on October 12, 2015, 05:34:02 pm
I've misheard plenty of song lyrics.
The best (worst?) case was "We will rock you" by Queen, where I misunderstood four things:

1.
Right:   Kickin' your can all over the place
Wrong: Kickin' your cat all over the place

2.
Right:   You got blood on yo' face
Wrong: You got butter on yo' face

3.
Right:   Waving your banner all over the place
Wrong: Waving your bladder all over the place

4.... Okay, let's see if I can post this one without getting into trouble.
So, the correct line is "We will we will rock you", but if you replace "rock" with "firetruck" and remove all but the first and last three letters, you will get what I understood.

I have no idea how I got so much wrong.
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Post by: Janet Jaguar on October 12, 2015, 05:52:41 pm
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I have no idea how I got so much wrong.

It's a measure of the background of a young man's thinking that the listened to line needs to fit into.  ;) ::)
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Post by: leelaht on October 12, 2015, 11:10:39 pm

4.... Okay, let's see if I can post this one without getting into trouble.
So, the correct line is "We will we will rock you", but if you replace "rock" with "firetruck" and remove all but the first and last three letters, you will get what I understood.

I have no idea how I got so much wrong.

I was shopping this weekend, and the lyrics I heard of the song broadcasted throughout the store was something like "at the fork in the road... a firetruck in the road"
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Post by: Hanibal94 on October 20, 2015, 06:38:46 pm
Don't know how many of you are familiar with singer-songwriter John Grant?  He has a new single called "Disappointing" which is a list-type song, in the same spirit as "My Favourite Things".  I kept hearing one line as "Owls and guitars when they do not match".  As someone who has yet to see a matching owl and guitar set, I was fairly sure I must be mis-hearing this.  I listened very attentively over and over but I couldn't hear the words as anything else.  When John did a session on Jo Whiley's Radio 2 Show last week, she asked for questions from listeners, so I emailed in asking please what does this line say really (all the other questions being serious stuff like where does he get his songwriting inspiration from, and so on).  And I have had my mondegreen corrected by the man himself - it actually goes "Owls, and good socks when they do not match" and is a testimony to the pleasure of clean socks!  I can just about hear that now, most of the time, but sometimes I still hear it as "owls and guitars"!

I found that song and listened to it a few times - you're right! It totally sounds like that, even when you know what it really is!
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Post by: Hanibal94 on November 01, 2015, 08:10:21 pm
Another one from real life - happened earlier today.
My dad and I were discussing various foods while stopping at a restaurant for lunch.

Him: I like pancakes when they come with boysenberry syrup!
Me: What is boys-and-berry soup?


I still can't get that Roald-Dahlesque mental image out of my head!

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Post by: AvastMH on November 02, 2015, 06:00:13 pm
 :D :D :D I like it!  First time I head of that fruit I thought someone had said 'poisonberry'  :o ;D
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Post by: jil on January 18, 2016, 07:13:06 am
Flicking through a gardening magazine early this morning (and the earliness of the hour is my excuse!) there was a list of problems to look out for and I read the first one as Penguins. On slightly closer inspection it turned out to be Pigeons.  ::)
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Post by: Helen J on January 18, 2016, 05:56:55 pm
Now penguins would be an interesting problem to have in the garden ....
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Post by: AvastMH on January 18, 2016, 06:59:59 pm
Well jil, one good difference, given that they both have a great propensity for producing guano, is that you can find yourself under a pigeon (they say that pigeon poo in your hair is good luck  :o ), but penguins are certainly much safer since they are only likely to cause you a shoe-shine job.  ;D

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Post by: Hanibal94 on January 19, 2016, 01:01:57 pm
Earlier today, during lunch break at college, some of my fellow students were playing cards.
I overheard one of them say "No whisky, no trouble!"... which was actually "No risky, no trouble"!

(Risky refers to playing risky - some of them like to do that, some don't)
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Post by: AvastMH on January 19, 2016, 08:07:27 pm
Earlier today, during lunch break at college, some of my fellow students were playing cards.
I overheard one of them say "No whisky, no trouble!"... which was actually "No risky, no trouble"!

(Risky refers to playing risky - some of them like to do that, some don't)

Looks like both statements are true hanibal  ;D
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Post by: Thursday Next on January 20, 2016, 07:54:53 pm
I was listening to BBC 6Music this morning and could have sworn the newsreader said: "There will be a heavy frost to start with, with an Apache frog".  Turns out I was not alone in this, loads of other listeners texted in.  However, it turned out not to be a real mondegreen - they played the clip back (many times!) and that's actually what he said!  I don't think the poor chap will ever live it down.  ;D
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Post by: AvastMH on January 20, 2016, 08:07:59 pm
 ;D ;D ;D
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Post by: Randi on January 20, 2016, 08:38:04 pm
At least he knows that people were listening to him ;)
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Post by: leelaht on January 20, 2016, 10:46:30 pm
Thetis, April 15, 1892

Moon rose about 10:45 By order of the Comdg Officer

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Post by: Janet Jaguar on January 20, 2016, 11:07:02 pm
 ;D
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Post by: jil on January 21, 2016, 06:55:21 am
 ;D
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Post by: Randi on January 21, 2016, 07:46:06 am
 ;D ;D
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Post by: Hanibal94 on January 21, 2016, 09:11:45 am
And some people still think punctuation and whitespace aren't important...  ::)

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Panda: Large black and white bear native to China. Eats, Shoots and Leaves.

P.S. Here's the page link: http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/USS%20Thetis/vol014of024/vol014_055_1.jpg
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Post by: Randi on January 21, 2016, 06:11:44 pm
Briefly: Egg Island Bacon for Egg Island Beacon.

https://zooniverse-static.s3.amazonaws.com/old-weather-2015/Cold_Science/Coast_Guard/Eastwind_WAG-279_or_WAGB-279_/eastwind-wag-279-1947-split/eastwind-wag-279-1947_0040-1.JPG
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Post by: AvastMH on January 21, 2016, 07:51:50 pm
And some people still think punctuation and whitespace aren't important...  ::)

Quote
Panda: Large black and white bear native to China. Eats, Shoots and Leaves.

P.S. Here's the page link: http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/USS%20Thetis/vol014of024/vol014_055_1.jpg

For one awful moment I thought the end of the penultimate line read 'confined on head'. It's a bizarre relief to know it was 'bread'  :o :D
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Post by: AvastMH on January 21, 2016, 07:57:11 pm
Briefly: Egg Island Bacon for Egg Island Beacon.

https://zooniverse-static.s3.amazonaws.com/old-weather-2015/Cold_Science/Coast_Guard/Eastwind_WAG-279_or_WAGB-279_/eastwind-wag-279-1947-split/eastwind-wag-279-1947_0040-1.JPG

Egg Island Bacon - that's funny!  Was it spotted on a Fry-day? (Fri-day  ;) ;D )
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Post by: jil on January 21, 2016, 08:01:31 pm
 ;D
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Post by: Randi on January 21, 2016, 08:25:34 pm
Was it spotted on a Fry-day? (Fri-day  ;) ;D )
In fact, it was! ;D
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Post by: AvastMH on January 21, 2016, 09:58:56 pm
In never thought to check - that just the best laugh.  ;D ;D ;D
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Post by: Hurlock on January 23, 2016, 07:40:40 am
I thought this must be a mondegreen as I could not make sense of it.

Albatross 18th May 1905
http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/Albatross/vol040of055/vol040of055_218_1.jpg

At 7:20 am. sighted stbd. anchor and dropped port anchor. Cleared stbd. anchor and put it on the bill board.

The bill board in this case is a place to rest the anchor on the ship rather than any kind of advertising hoarding.  Not sure why they 'sighted'  the anchor though.  I would have thought that they knew where it was all along.

 
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Randi on January 23, 2016, 01:16:21 pm
Quote from: http://www.gutenberg.org/files/26000/26000-h/26000-h.htm#B
BILL-BOARDS. Doubling under the fore-channels to the water-line, to protect the planking from the bill of the anchor.

(http://media-3.web.britannica.com/eb-media/76/5576-004-0B666D37.jpg)



They seem to have been hauling up the starboard anchor, so maybe they mean that it became close enough to visible in the water?
You probably wouldn't want to foul it with the port anchor...
Just a wild guess from a landlubber ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Hanibal94 on February 05, 2016, 05:35:26 pm
One from earlier today in college:

The lecturer meant to say "Is everything clear now" but actually said "Is everything not clear now?"

Gotta admit, the latter was true for me after some of the theoretical computer science courses (which I somehow still passed) back in the early phases!
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: AvastMH on February 05, 2016, 06:46:20 pm
Actually both work I believe. It depends very much on the inflexion of the voice for the latter. Put the emphasis on the 'not' and you are making sure that it's all fouled up. But emphasise the 'clear' and you are being asked 'Don't you think it is clear?' as if it were impossible not to consider it clear.  I'm too distant to my English Language 'O' level (got that at 14 yrs old) so I can't think of what name this form of language would be. Or perhaps I'm imagining it?  I wish I knew my own language better :-\
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Hanibal94 on February 05, 2016, 09:21:01 pm
Well... in the original German, he said "Sind alle Klarheiten beseitigt?", which literally translates as something like "Have all clarities been gotten rid of?"

Guess my non-direct translation was not the best.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Pommy Stuart on February 05, 2016, 09:24:51 pm
Well... in the original German, he said "Sind alle Klarheiten beseitigt?", which literally translates as something like "Have all clarities been gotten rid of?"

Guess my non-direct translation was not the best.

All clarities have been gotten rid of, (I am now totally confused.)   ;D 

Your English is still better than my German.  :-[
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: AvastMH on February 05, 2016, 10:30:39 pm
Well... in the original German, he said "Sind alle Klarheiten beseitigt?", which literally translates as something like "Have all clarities been gotten rid of?"

Guess my non-direct translation was not the best.

All clarities have been gotten rid of, (I am now totally confused.)   ;D 

Your English is still better than my German.  :-[

 ;D ;D ;D  I agree with...ummm...I'm not quite sure who now  ::) :o
Like Stuart my clarities are definitely got rid of  ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Dean on February 06, 2016, 01:09:23 am
Mardon me padam, I see you are occupewing the wrong pie. May I so you to another sheet?

Spoonerism (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spoonerism)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Pommy Stuart on February 06, 2016, 02:33:39 am
Don't do that Dean you will totally confuse Hanibal.
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Post by: Hanibal94 on February 06, 2016, 09:10:27 am
Confound it Dean! Thanks to you I just hissed all my mystery lectures and tasted a whole worm!
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Post by: jil on February 06, 2016, 10:26:27 am
 ;D ;D ;D
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Post by: AvastMH on February 06, 2016, 11:56:37 am
 ;D ;D ;D
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Post by: Dean on February 06, 2016, 09:08:10 pm
And Cinderella just slopped her dripper!   ;)

Rindercella (http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=rindercella&&view=detail&mid=722A9CDCDCBEF428FBCD722A9CDCDCBEF428FBCD&FORM=VRDGAR) - check out the second video with the lady in Purple!   ;)
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Post by: AvastMH on February 06, 2016, 09:19:31 pm
 ;D ;D ;D  Very funny - and well thought out. Enjoyed those a lot!
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Post by: Bob on April 10, 2016, 04:19:29 pm
The next time you're transcribing the word 'Calms', do not type 'Clams'. Remember, not 'Clams'.
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Post by: jil on April 10, 2016, 04:55:43 pm
 ;D
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Post by: Randi on April 10, 2016, 06:07:13 pm
Now, now. Calm down and stop that clamor ;)
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Post by: Craig on April 10, 2016, 06:46:42 pm
You're not suggesting we should clam up, Randi? I chowder at the thought  ;D

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Post by: Hanibal94 on April 10, 2016, 07:58:56 pm
What's ith wall sis thilliness and owning claround? Thease ce nidiculous ronsense ot ance!
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Post by: Craig on April 10, 2016, 09:20:34 pm
ses yir. :-[
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Post by: AvastMH on April 10, 2016, 10:52:13 pm
 ;D ;D ;D
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Post by: Helen J on May 07, 2016, 04:48:47 pm
Delightful misreading in the Bacchus' log - we're at Archangel, but someone has guessed it as 'hah angel' ....   :D :D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Hanibal94 on May 07, 2016, 06:15:32 pm
I took a look and saw "HAM ANGEL" in there too!  :D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Helen J on May 07, 2016, 07:31:49 pm
Well, ham (and bacon etc etc) are pretty heavenly foods!
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Post by: Hanibal94 on May 09, 2016, 08:30:56 pm
The next time you're transcribing the word 'Calms', do not type 'Clams'. Remember, not 'Clams'.

But what do you do when the log keeper did that? (10 am, this page)
http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/USS%20Vicksburg/vol03of04_cr2_to_jpg/vol03of04_306_0.jpg
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Randi on May 09, 2016, 09:02:58 pm
If you're transcribing the word 'Calm', do not type 'Clam'.

If you're transcribing the word 'Clam', do type 'Clam'.


 ;)
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Post by: Bob on May 09, 2016, 10:02:38 pm
 ;D ;D ;D

TWYS
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Post by: AvastMH on May 11, 2016, 11:52:41 pm
TWYS

Tipe Wot Yu Sea  ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Dean on May 12, 2016, 02:11:36 pm
We call that PEBCAK -- Problem Exists Between Chair And Keyboard!   8)
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Post by: AvastMH on May 13, 2016, 10:31:17 pm
 ;D ;D ;D
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Post by: Helen J on May 28, 2016, 05:13:51 pm
Interesting interpretation by one of the transcribers on Bacchus - two greasers have returned drunk and unfit for duty, and have just been reduced to fireman and dismissed the ship.  I was then somewhat surprised to read 'Martin and Clocker?s kids sent onboard Cyclops'.  Sounds as though they may have been misbehaving in other ways than just drinking ....!

https://s3.amazonaws.com/oldweather/ADM53-34703/012_1.jpg
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Post by: Hanibal94 on May 28, 2016, 07:38:36 pm
I'm pretty sure that's kits, given that the men themselves were sent to the Cyclops as well.
But the misreading does make it a lot more... *ahem* interesting.  :-X
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Post by: Randi on May 28, 2016, 08:00:30 pm
 ;D
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Post by: Helen J on May 29, 2016, 03:04:03 pm
I'm pretty sure that's kits, given that the men themselves were sent to the Cyclops as well.
But the misreading does make it a lot more... *ahem* interesting.  :-X

Oh yes, I was expecting kits, but did enjoy the transcriber's guess. 
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Hanibal94 on July 06, 2016, 06:20:18 pm
During our recent vacation to France, my dad and me went to the Miniature & Cinema Museum (http://www.museeminiatureetcinema.fr/accueil_eng.html), Lyon.
In the museum, Dad spotted a hilariously mistranslated sign:

(http://i.imgur.com/b2OwwPa.jpg?1)

This is due to a false friend: The French word sensibles can mean "sensible" or "sensitive".
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Craig on July 06, 2016, 08:54:58 pm
Very funny, Hanibal. That must have discouraged many reasonable people from going in.
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Post by: jil on July 07, 2016, 08:46:51 am
 ;D
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Post by: AvastMH on July 07, 2016, 08:11:08 pm
Nice one hanibal  ;D ;D ;D
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Post by: Tegwen on July 22, 2016, 06:07:20 pm
One of the more unusual misreads in a transcription that I have met.

The unedited log for HMS LAMA for 22 June 1916 includes the following: Person: Died: Haudo Wrishing

I was all set to go into the processes I do when my ship loses a crew member, including checking the naval history casualty list, noting his grave from the Commonwealth war graves site, and remembering him on the British Legion Every man remembered site.

Then I checked the log page itself and spent some time looking up and down for the entry. (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM_53-45981/ADM%2053-45981-014_0.jpg)

Finally found it at 6.0am; and is the much more mundane, "Hands Washing decks".

RIP Haudo Wrishing !!!! ;)

PS: Just realised that this is exactly 100 years ago last month!!
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Post by: Craig on July 22, 2016, 06:41:56 pm
Good sleuthing, Tegwan!  8)

Slippery when wet.  ;D
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Post by: propriome on July 22, 2016, 07:34:59 pm
 ;D ;D
(i'm chuckling a lot but given my little transcribing experience at that time i could easily have been the author - fortunately i've never worked on HMS Lama... phew! ;D)

RIP Haudo Wrishing :'(
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Post by: Randi on July 22, 2016, 08:27:57 pm
 ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Tegwen on July 24, 2016, 06:53:43 pm
;D ;D
(i'm chuckling a lot but given my little transcribing experience at that time i could easily have been the author - fortunately i've never worked on HMS Lama... phew! ;D)

RIP Haudo Wrishing :'(

I should have added that I really didnt intend any offence to the transcriber. They have all done a wonderful job, & I couldnt do mine without them, I hope that they will share the joke as I have done without feeling any guilt or disrespect.

I bet I made several similar ones

Thanks to all of the transcribers.
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Post by: studentforever on July 25, 2016, 10:26:36 am
I've just been doing some family history and my new source had access to the 1939 registration records. Just for fun I decided to look up one of my old homes. The name was very strange on the preview (Salissan) but when I got to the scan it was 'Salmon'. I don't know who did the transcription but believe me it was TWYS with little regard for plausibility. So given that our transcribers all volunteers dealing with quite arcane language they did a great job and a chuckle now and then keeps the editors going.
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Post by: propriome on July 25, 2016, 10:45:53 am
I can remember having transcribed the name of the Greek town Dedeagatch as 'Dedeagateh' (without double checking until too late) in all the HMS Ark Royal logs i've worked on (and she cruised back and forth in the area quite a lot - i think i must have mispelled that name several dozens of times before realizing).
I still feel a little guilty about that (and it was one of the hidden reason for i started keeping track of placenames, which then contributed to the birth of our actual Geographical Help Board) ;D ;D

I hope too no one feel offended... these errors are fun to read, and every transcriber, even the most experienced one, has for sure made a lot of them in his fantastic work. No need to be ashamed... errare humanum est :D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Dean on July 30, 2016, 01:03:29 am
I can remember having transcribed the name of the Greek town Dedeagatch as 'Dedeagateh' (without double checking until too late) in all the HMS Ark Royal logs i've worked on (and she cruised back and forth in the area quite a lot - i think i must have mispelled that name several dozens of times before realizing).
I still feel a little guilty about that (and it was one of the hidden reason for i started keeping track of placenames, which then contributed to the birth of our actual Geographical Help Board) ;D ;D

I hope too no one feel offended... these errors are fun to read, and every transcriber, even the most experienced one, has for sure made a lot of them in his fantastic work. No need to be ashamed... errare humanum est :D

Worry not, dear Sir!! I did the Edits on Ark Royal and the couple you missed I fixed.   ;)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Danny252 on July 30, 2016, 10:25:13 am
So given that our transcribers all volunteers dealing with quite arcane language they did a great job and a chuckle now and then keeps the editors going.

I'm often surprised at how much the number of mondegreens varies between different topics - in the HMS Alert logs, HMS ships are almost always right, SS ships are usually fairly close (even for names like "Frienfels"), but the number of unique interpretations I see for "Abadan" (in modern day Iran) is astounding!
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: jil on July 31, 2016, 12:22:49 pm
A 101 year old mis-hearing on HMS Chatham? At 8pm kayaks has been changed to caiques

https://s3.amazonaws.com/oldweather/ADM53-37564/002_1.jpg
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Post by: Randi on July 31, 2016, 12:58:45 pm
Not sure...

Quote from: http://encyclopedia.thefreedictionary.com/caicque
Caicque

A caicque is a light Turkish rowboat.

Kayik (for spelling, use caicque) is a general term, covering numerous types of rowboats in Turkish naval history. There were different types used mainly in old capital city Istanbul's naval transport. Besides the term also describes the rowboat designs which are identical to the ones being used today.

Most famous types were piyade, pereme and pazar kayigi. There were also specially designed rowboats to fulfill certain missions like carrying coal, wood, gypsum etc.



Quote from: http://www.thefreedictionary.com/caiques
1. A long narrow rowboat traditionally used on the Bosporus.
2. A small sailing vessel used in the eastern Mediterranean.

Quote from: http://www.thefreedictionary.com/kayak
A very light, slender, usually covered boat that has pointed ends and is propelled by a double-bladed paddle. Traditional Yupik and Inuit kayaks are made of skins stretched over a frame of wood or whalebone.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: jil on July 31, 2016, 08:24:15 pm
Ahhh Kayik (how many different words are there for boat?  ;)) - I'll have to apologise to the log keeper for thinking he was very confused rather than just using a different spelling variation   :-[
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Post by: Hanibal94 on September 16, 2016, 06:17:29 pm
While playing Lord of the Rings Online, the following occurred:

Another player said they were looking for a hobbit hunter in the world chat.
I immediately pointed out that it was not clear if they were looking for a hunter who is a hobbit, or a hunter of hobbits.
Some good laughs followed.

(It was the first - Hunter is one of the classes in the game)
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Post by: AvastMH on September 16, 2016, 08:17:53 pm
While playing Lord of the Rings Online, the following occurred:

Another player said they were looking for a hobbit hunter in the world chat.
I immediately pointed out that it was not clear if they were looking for a hunter who is a hobbit, or a hunter of hobbits.
Some good laughs followed.

(It was the first - Hunter is one of the classes in the game)

I'm trying to picture a hobbit that is a hunter,  leveling his/her bow and arrow at...some animal's knees  :o ;) :D
Or - could be hunting tasty vegetables in the farmer's fields...that's likely. But doesn't sound like a good computer game  ;D
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Post by: Hanibal94 on September 17, 2016, 08:48:32 am
Actually, as I said before, Hunter is one of the classes in the game:

Quote
The Hunter is a master of field and forest, unmatched with the bow. Hunters use their survival skills to guide their companions and lay traps for their enemies. Hunters are at their strongest when attacking from a distance, but they are able to defend themselves in melee combat, when needed.

    Inspired by Legolas, Prince of Mirkwood, a mighty hunter and companion of Aragorn, the Hunter is the master of ranged damage with additional skills in crowd control and support.

No idea why the person wanted a Hunter who is a hobbit, though - there's very little difference between the races in the game.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: AvastMH on September 17, 2016, 10:07:54 am
    Inspired by Legolas, Prince of Mirkwood, a mighty hunter and companion of Aragorn, the Hunter is the master of ranged damage with additional skills in crowd control and support.

Sounds ideal for a rowdy English football game  ;)  I hope that the hobbits win the game!  :D
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Post by: Hanibal94 on September 17, 2016, 10:17:53 pm
Actually "crowd control" refers to this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crowd_control_(video_gaming)
Hunters are good at that, as they can get the attention of monsters with ranged attacks, thus luring them in so the others can chop and smash 'em up.



I just misread the news headline "Expansion of Yosemite Park Will Provide Crucial Habitat for Endangered Owls" as "... Crucial Habitat for Endangered Orcs".
Whoever knew orcs were in danger of extinction?
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Bob on September 18, 2016, 04:13:58 am
Who knew they were in Yosemite? Might explain some of the 'yeti' sightings.  :o

I just misread the news headline "Expansion of Yosemite Park Will Provide Crucial Habitat for Endangered Owls" as "... Crucial Habitat for Endangered Orcs".
Whoever knew orcs were in danger of extinction?
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: AvastMH on September 18, 2016, 10:30:33 am
It's unlikely that I would ever travel to Yosemite...but if there are Orcs there it may just have slipped off my 'there's an idea for a great trip' list  ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: studentforever on October 02, 2016, 02:46:13 pm
HMS Edinburgh Castle at Abrolhos
Transcriber: Mud freshening

Well, it could be read like that on TWYS but I'm fairly sure it's Wind freshening
http://s3.amazonaws.com/oldweather/ADM53-40562/ADM%2053-40562-148_1.jpg
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Bob on October 02, 2016, 04:01:50 pm
Ha! Blew the dot right off the 'i', it did.

Well, it could be read like that on TWYS but I'm fairly sure it's Wind freshening
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Post by: AvastMH on October 02, 2016, 05:25:45 pm
 ;D ;D ;D
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Post by: Dean on October 03, 2016, 12:17:57 am
Well it WAS early morning. Maybe the mud was freshening to prepare for the day!!  ::)
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Post by: AvastMH on October 03, 2016, 06:49:18 pm
 ;D ;D ;D
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Post by: Hanibal94 on October 22, 2016, 07:57:20 pm
While looking at the Unalga crew list topic, I misread the name of Gordon E. Hoblit as Gordon E. Hobbit.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: propriome on October 22, 2016, 08:27:27 pm
 ;D ;D ;D

I swear the first time i've seen it written (here (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/Unalga//Volumes/Seagate%20Backup%20Plus%20Drive/Arfon-JPEGS/RG26/UNALGA//b2583/b2583_107_1.jpg)), even if the handwriting is very clear, i've read it Hobbit as well and noted down as such in the crew list.



Actually i'm dealing with a logkeeper which keeps writing in the event pages that Unalga is cruising in the Bearing Sea... i suppose they'll never get lost in such place ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Bob on October 22, 2016, 08:39:42 pm
 ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: AvastMH on October 22, 2016, 09:16:43 pm
(It looked like Hobbit to me at first glance :D )  ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Hanibal94 on October 23, 2016, 08:59:16 pm
"Wait, Mr Gordon! Where are you off to so early?"
"I'm going on an adventure!"
"WHAT!"
"No, really! I'm going on a ship with big folk, and we're gonna sail for the frozen North, where the sea is full of ice and the sun never sets in the summer! We might even see some reindeer!"
*Gordon leaves*

"That Gordon... I always thought he was an uncouth fellow, but this is ridiculous! Worse than when old Mr Bilbo ran off with a wizard and a bunch of dwarves and came back with nothing to show for it but a plain gold ring! Or when Mr Frodo took that very ring and ran off with his rascal friends, talking about black riders and volcanoes and other such balderdash! What happened to the good old days when every hobbit was a predictable and respectable citizen?"
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: AvastMH on October 23, 2016, 09:21:16 pm
 ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Hanibal94 on November 15, 2016, 05:15:33 pm
Here's another real-life one:

Tomorrow is a Christian holiday (only in Saxony!) called Busz- und Bettag, which literally means "Day of repentance and prayer".
But for the longest time, I thought it was Busz- und Betttag, which actually means "Day of repentance and bed".

I have a feeling that day really is a day of bed for most people ...  ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: jil on November 15, 2016, 05:37:09 pm
 ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: AvastMH on November 15, 2016, 05:51:34 pm
 ;D ;D ;D You can pray in bed of course  ;)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: mapurves on November 16, 2016, 12:15:41 am
Patterson, Mare Island, 29 December 1894 (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/USCS%20Patterson/Book%20101/IMG_0695_1.jpg)

They used the same spelling the previous day, but I thought the dot over the letter was just an accident, but here it is again...

Quote
The Alert hauled out to mooring buoy at 9:00 A.M. the Mohican shifted her birth near sheers at 2:00

Maybe that's what someone else did: shifted their birth from Kenya to Hawaii.   ;)  ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Hanibal94 on November 19, 2016, 01:35:59 pm
Here's a literal bug report:
Under the 8 pm location, it says "Insect in body of log".

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/USS%20Thetis/vol607/vol607_066_0.jpg
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Hurlock on November 19, 2016, 03:07:33 pm
Possibly 'Insert in body of log' ?
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Hanibal94 on November 19, 2016, 03:22:15 pm
Oh - I think you're right.  :-[

Moderators, could you please move my post, Hurlock's reply and this post to the Mondegreens topic?
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: AvastMH on November 19, 2016, 03:26:36 pm
I better learn how to move things - I think I did it once and made a real hash of it - I'll check out how to with Randi or Caro or Bob  ::)

Shame - the insect in log brought to mind the barometer on the Tarantula ('Insect Class Destroyer') where the barometer was condemned for being raided by a nest of ants (might be slightly out on the detail there  ;) ).
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Randi on November 19, 2016, 03:30:14 pm
Done ;)



http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM%2053-62354/ADM%2053-62354-002_1.jpg
http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM%2053-62354/ADM%2053-62354-017_1.jpg



P.S. Spiders are not insects ::)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Randi on November 23, 2016, 04:26:29 am
You first read "Special offer for subscribers..." as "Special offer for transcribers...".
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Helen J on November 23, 2016, 03:00:20 pm
You first read "Special offer for subscribers..." as "Special offer for transcribers...".

You mean there aren't special offers for transcribers?
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: AvastMH on November 23, 2016, 09:51:45 pm
Oh no!!  Sounds like I'll have to send my special offers back if we are not supposed to have them  :-[
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Hanibal94 on November 24, 2016, 07:49:24 pm
Albatross, 14 June 1897

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/Albatross/vol029of055/vol029of055_170_0.jpg

I know the location is Hunters Bay, but it really looks like Hamster's Bay!  ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: AvastMH on November 24, 2016, 10:34:22 pm
There must be a joke involving the Wheel House and the Hamster, but I can't see it just now  ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Randi on November 24, 2016, 11:01:42 pm
 ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Craig on November 25, 2016, 11:09:52 am
There must be a joke involving the Wheel House and the Hamster, but I can't see it just now  ;D

Hamster to Captain: "What goes around comes around"
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: AvastMH on November 25, 2016, 07:38:05 pm
There must be a joke involving the Wheel House and the Hamster, but I can't see it just now  ;D

Hamster to Captain: "What goes around comes around"

That's brilliant Craig  ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Dean on November 27, 2016, 09:54:46 pm
There must be a joke involving the Wheel House and the Hamster, but I can't see it just now  ;D

Hamster to Captain: "What goes around comes around"

That's brilliant Craig  ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

Around here we use the descriptive 'The wheel's turning but the Hamster is dead.' to describe some folks.   ::) ;)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Craig on November 28, 2016, 12:43:56 am
That's a good one to remember, Dean.

I saw a documentary about a Bolivian tribe that raised hamsters for food. The visitors surprisingly didn't have an appetite for them.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: AvastMH on November 28, 2016, 08:45:22 pm
Around here we use the descriptive 'The wheel's turning but the Hamster is dead.' to describe some folks.   ::) ;)

 ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: AvastMH on November 28, 2016, 08:47:27 pm
That's a good one to remember, Dean.

I saw a documentary about a Bolivian tribe that raised hamsters for food. The visitors surprisingly didn't have an appetite for them.
Frankly if I had to skin, gut, and prepare about 60 hamsters for one small family meal I'd be more than happy to see the things go back to the wild myself. GuineaPigs is bareable but hamsters - nope  :-[ :P
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: studentforever on December 13, 2016, 07:46:29 am
Edinburgh Castle has been lurking in Abrolhos for ages with just occasional trips to Rio or Bahia. On 21 Aug 1916 she went to Abrolhos Island and at 12.30pm sent her liberty men ashore for the afternoon.
My transcriber offered 'Thirsty men went ashore'.
Both were probably factually, even if not politically, correct.

http://s3.amazonaws.com/oldweather/ADM53-40576/ADM%2053-40576-013_1.jpg
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: AvastMH on December 21, 2016, 08:55:51 am
Edinburgh Castle has been lurking in Abrolhos for ages with just occasional trips to Rio or Bahia. On 21 Aug 1916 she went to Abrolhos Island and at 12.30pm sent her liberty men ashore for the afternoon.
My transcriber offered 'Thirsty men went ashore'.
Both were probably factually, even if not politically, correct.

http://s3.amazonaws.com/oldweather/ADM53-40576/ADM%2053-40576-013_1.jpg

Just caught up with this one...shame it didn't report thirty thirst-slaked men coming back on board :D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Craig on February 11, 2017, 04:19:38 pm
foul fowl 8AM to meridian   ;D

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/USS%20Yorktown/vol03of04/vol03of04_178_1.jpg
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Randi on February 11, 2017, 07:00:05 pm
No wonder so much food gets condemned ;)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Dean on February 11, 2017, 10:48:21 pm
HMS Leviathan    28 September 1916

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM_53-46573/ADM%2053-46573-056_0.jpg

Transcriber wrote: Discharged 5 Royal Navy Reserve Ratings to Store.

Bet they were happy -- (but I think it was Shore)  ::)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Randi on February 19, 2017, 03:57:15 am
Belated
Happy Birthday to Oldweather mondegreens
Six years old yesterday
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Dean on February 19, 2017, 06:24:37 pm
 ;D ;D ;D ;D


Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: AvastMH on February 19, 2017, 06:53:57 pm
(http://i.imgur.com/SSKUk4x.png)

Hear's two ewer 7th yeah  ;) ;) ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Randi on February 19, 2017, 08:31:42 pm
 ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Helen J on February 20, 2017, 02:34:06 pm
That's great Joan - very creative!
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: AvastMH on February 20, 2017, 06:57:47 pm
Thanks Helen  :D Inspired by the concept of mondegreens of course  ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: studentforever on February 21, 2017, 06:57:53 am
More of a cultural misunderstanding but Edinburgh Castle is in Montevideo and her crew is coaling (1093 tons in the day) and the log records the breaks for meals. One transcriber offers

'They drank Tea for half an hour'

which conjured up a picture of begrimed stokers solemnly sitting round tables sedately chatting over the china tea service
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Helen J on February 21, 2017, 03:41:23 pm
More of a cultural misunderstanding but Edinburgh Castle is in Montevideo and her crew is coaling (1093 tons in the day) and the log records the breaks for meals. One transcriber offers

'They drank Tea for half an hour'

which conjured up a picture of begrimed stokers solemnly sitting round tables sedately chatting over the china tea service

Love that mental picture!  ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: AvastMH on February 21, 2017, 06:36:08 pm
More of a cultural misunderstanding but Edinburgh Castle is in Montevideo and her crew is coaling (1093 tons in the day) and the log records the breaks for meals. One transcriber offers

'They drank Tea for half an hour'

which conjured up a picture of begrimed stokers solemnly sitting round tables sedately chatting over the china tea service

With their little fingers delicately curled away from the cup handle  :D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Hanibal94 on February 21, 2017, 06:40:45 pm
Did they start at exactly 4 pm?   ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: AvastMH on February 21, 2017, 07:20:04 pm
Of course - the scones were just out of the oven at that time  ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Randi on February 22, 2017, 01:16:40 am
Gang way! ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: AvastMH on February 22, 2017, 07:40:18 pm
 ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Tegwen on March 04, 2017, 02:56:55 pm
Slight geographic mondegreen by a transcriber of HMS PERTH

The location is transcribed as "North of Persia". Not an easy place to get to in a ship with 20ft draft!!

It took me a few moments to spot that the location at 8pm was given as North of Perim
http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM_53-55092/ADM%2053-55092-005_1.jpg
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: AvastMH on March 04, 2017, 07:03:12 pm
Those places are not even close, though I guess they do share the African continental shelf  ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Helen J on March 15, 2017, 05:43:25 pm
Fun in Halifax?  It's Sunday 19th September 1915 and a transcriber has suggested 'Diversions - Divine Service' as one of the ways they spent the morning ....

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM53-35265/ADM%2053-35265-013_1.jpg
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: studentforever on March 15, 2017, 09:23:13 pm
Must have been an entertaining sermon with some hearty community singing. (Maybe they imported a ladies choir for the occasion?)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: AvastMH on March 15, 2017, 10:09:26 pm
 ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Dean on March 17, 2017, 11:21:37 pm
Fun in Halifax?  It's Sunday 19th September 1915 and a transcriber has suggested 'Diversions - Divine Service' as one of the ways they spent the morning ....

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM53-35265/ADM%2053-35265-013_1.jpg

My guys on Leviathan must HATE 'Divisions - Divine Service' for it is almost always followed by 'Exercised Physical Drill.'   ::)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Helen J on March 18, 2017, 03:58:13 pm
I think it's a common combination - after that sitting (or possibly standing) still, some exertion is called for.

Are you editing Leviathan?  I'm on Berwick at the moment and keep meeting you.  I've just finished September 1915, and we're moving between New York and Halifax.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Dean on March 18, 2017, 04:16:05 pm
I think it's a common combination - after that sitting (or possibly standing) still, some exertion is called for.

Are you editing Leviathan?  I'm on Berwick at the moment and keep meeting you.  I've just finished September 1915, and we're moving between New York and Halifax.

Yes. There have been some 'issues' with transferring between Caro to check the edits as I finish each year. Still working that out.

it's March 1917 for me -- having met you in 1915 & 16!   ;)  I'm often between Halifax & Bermuda.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Helen J on March 18, 2017, 05:29:23 pm
I've just reached the end of October 1915, we're back in Portsmouth, and the logs now jump to June 1916, so I'm making ground on you, though I don't expect I'll catch you up. 
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Dean on March 19, 2017, 11:35:30 pm
I've just reached the end of October 1915, we're back in Portsmouth, and the logs now jump to June 1916, so I'm making ground on you, though I don't expect I'll catch you up.

Took a quick look through some of my 'past.' We'll meet  a couple times in July & August in Halifax, Nova Scotia and then again in December in Bermuda!   ;)

Haven't gotten too far into 1917 yet. 'Issues' with the Mods in transferring data.   :-[
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Helen J on April 19, 2017, 05:36:39 pm
Here's a fun bit of transcription from the original transcriber of Berwick Castle:

Cautioned Mr William Morrison, Warrant Engineer R.N.R. for exceeding the allowance of spirits permitted under my written order to be drawn by him from the Ward Room Dress. The above entry has been mad by me. [Signed] WF Blunt Captain [Signed] Wm Morrison Warrant Eng: R.N.R.

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM53-35271/ADM%2053-35271-013_1.jpg
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: AvastMH on April 19, 2017, 05:45:46 pm
 ;D ;D ;D  I once had a dress with big pockets, but I don't think they could have held the 'grog' allowance for the Officers
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Helen J on April 19, 2017, 05:58:52 pm
It's a good picture though ....  :D :D :D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Randi on April 19, 2017, 05:59:11 pm
Yes, I suppose the above entry made Morrison mad ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Hanibal94 on June 07, 2017, 06:46:13 pm
Yesterday at work, one of my colleagues wrote to Red Bull to tell them the Norwegian version of redbull.com, which has the country code NO, has moved from old system RB2 to new system RB3.
His first draft of the message started with "Very happy to announce NO LAUNCH today".

Fortunately, he realized that sounded wrong and changed it to "Very happy to announce the LAUNCH of NO today".

(We always communicate in English with Red Bull, for some reason)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Randi on June 07, 2017, 07:09:05 pm
 ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: AvastMH on June 07, 2017, 07:55:31 pm
 ;D ;D ;D  The English language is so much fun
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Pommy Stuart on June 07, 2017, 10:48:22 pm

(We always communicate in English with Red Bull, for some reason)

;D ;D ;D  The English language is so much fun

English is an easier language to handle than American.  ::)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: AvastMH on June 07, 2017, 11:40:09 pm

(We always communicate in English with Red Bull, for some reason)

;D ;D ;D  The English language is so much fun

English is an easier language to handle than American.  ::)

Yo' sure right y'all  (or something like that  ;)) ;D 
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Randi on June 24, 2017, 02:16:29 am
Log keepers do it too!

Quote from: https://catalog.archives.gov/OpaAPI/media/7284518/content/arcmedia/dc-metro/rg-026/585454-noaa/159a/northland/b1707/26-159a-northland-b1707_0376.jpg
SILVERWARE froze in TELLER, PORT CLARENCE

All you Alaska hands will be familiar with the ship "Silver Wave" ;D
Someone penciled in a V over the R in WARE.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Hanibal94 on June 24, 2017, 10:00:09 am
Interesting - "Teller" is German for "plate"!  ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Randi on June 24, 2017, 02:09:06 pm
 8)

Log keeper is Hammarstrom.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: AvastMH on June 24, 2017, 08:06:32 pm
Interesting - "Teller" is German for "plate"!  ;D
:D That's a fun co-incidence! And you hammer plate. So Hammarstrom fits in very well too. What fun  :D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: jil on August 02, 2017, 10:49:28 am
It took me much longer than it should to work out that it said 'Cable locker' not 'Cake locker'  ::)

On 10am line - https://s3.amazonaws.com/oldweather/ADM53-42346/0148_0.jpg

Although I think a cake locker should be required equipment on all ships!
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: studentforever on August 02, 2017, 12:25:17 pm
 ;D  ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Helen J on August 02, 2017, 01:09:16 pm
It took me much longer than it should to work out that it said 'Cable locker' not 'Cake locker'  ::)

On 10am line - https://s3.amazonaws.com/oldweather/ADM53-42346/0148_0.jpg

Although I think a cake locker should be required equipment on all ships!

On all ships, in all houses - just everywhere!
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Randi on August 02, 2017, 03:11:39 pm
 ;D

(Perhaps with a time lock ;))
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: AvastMH on August 02, 2017, 06:49:06 pm

(Perhaps with a (broken) time lock ;))   ;D ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: mapurves on August 02, 2017, 07:00:13 pm
What's cake?   :'( :'( :'( :'(
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Randi on August 02, 2017, 07:53:14 pm
Cake? I don't see any cake?
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: AvastMH on August 02, 2017, 08:39:17 pm
What's cake?   :'( :'( :'( :'(

It's a type of lump of sea ice Michael - the thing you probably dream about these days!  ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: mapurves on August 02, 2017, 08:42:52 pm
What's cake?   :'( :'( :'( :'(

It's a type of lump of sea ice Michael - the thing you probably dream about these days!  ;D

Ahhhh. Thank you. If nothing else, my virtual supply seems unlimited.  :)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Helen J on October 31, 2017, 05:35:24 pm
Nice try by one of Blenheim's transcribers - at 10.25am I've just discovered 'rating shut in the pinnace'.  Take a look at it yourself ....

https://s3.amazonaws.com/oldweather/ADM53-35573/0015_0.jpg
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Dean on October 31, 2017, 08:48:02 pm
 ::) ::)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: studentforever on October 31, 2017, 10:22:14 pm
Must have been the steam coming out of his ears
 ;D  ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Helen J on November 02, 2017, 12:57:07 pm
Must have been the steam coming out of his ears
 ;D  ;D

 ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Hanibal94 on January 07, 2018, 04:47:07 pm
Burton Island, May 17th 1954
https://catalog.archives.gov/OpaAPI/media/12103640/content/arcmedia/dc-metro/594258-navy-deck-logs/00003/burton-island-agb-1-1954-05/burton-island-agb-1-1954-05-0053.jpg

In the location at the top, "Cape Prince of Wales" has been hilariously misspelled.
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Randi on January 07, 2018, 05:53:28 pm
I didn't know whales had royalty ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: AvastMH on January 08, 2018, 01:29:05 am
Burton Island, May 17th 1954
https://catalog.archives.gov/OpaAPI/media/12103640/content/arcmedia/dc-metro/594258-navy-deck-logs/00003/burton-island-agb-1-1954-05/burton-island-agb-1-1954-05-0053.jpg

In the location at the top, "Cape Prince of Wales" has been hilariously misspelled.

I didn't know whales had royalty ;D

 ;D ;D ;D There's photographic evidence of a Prince of Whales....

(https://i.imgur.com/o6xLzev.png)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: AvastMH on January 13, 2018, 10:05:05 pm
Don't know if this really belongs in mondegreens, but here goes ;) :D

#barstow1893

May 25 1893 (https://www.zooniverse.org/projects/zooniverse/old-weather/talk/subjects/9631007)
'fogey by spells' - at my age I know the feeling because I feel 'fogey by spells' too. Even if you spell it correctly, I also feel foggy by spells too ;) :D :D

(https://i.imgur.com/4zDOfNv.png)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Randi on January 13, 2018, 11:41:13 pm
;D
His spelling and capitalization are a bit foggy too ::)
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: jil on January 14, 2018, 09:15:19 am
;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Hanibal94 on January 21, 2018, 07:33:36 pm
Storis, 20 November 1952:
https://catalog.archives.gov/OpaAPI/media/38547954/content/dc-metro/rg-026/559642/2017-01/storis-wmec-38-1952/storis-wmec-38-1952_0460.JPG

At 02:50, it says "Secured search for distressed vessel. Located and safe", but the second sentence really looks like "Loooted and safe"!
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: Randi on January 21, 2018, 09:49:35 pm
It does indeed!
Title: Re: Oldweather mondegreens
Post by: AvastMH on January 21, 2018, 10:46:42 pm
 :o  I guess if you've been looted your safe from further thefts  ::) :D