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playbookworm

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Illegible word preceeding ships' names
« on: October 08, 2011, 03:07:34 am »
I have seen a string of maybe 5-6 letters in front of a ship's name several times without being able to understand what it might be.  How have others dealt with this - I don't know if it is important.  If it is, I will go back over my previous pages and fix it.

Below please look at the afternoon entry at 1515:  S???? "War Hindoo"



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Thanks, PBW

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Re: Illegible word preceeding ships' names
« Reply #1 on: October 08, 2011, 03:32:31 am »
I believe this one is "Spoke".
As there is no mention of stopping, it was presumably by radio.
If you've filed it under "Other/Ship/Met" I can see no reason to alter it; we don't know how close they got. The more important detail is that the other ship is named and that they were in the same general area.

Addendum: Spoke SS War Hindoo
« Last Edit: October 08, 2011, 03:34:38 am by Bunting Tosser »

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Re: Illegible word preceeding ships' names
« Reply #2 on: October 08, 2011, 03:59:08 am »
Playbookworm, Dorbel is a retired sailor and one of our experts, when it comes to explaining sailing to landlubbers like me.  This is what he said about "spoke SS So-and-So":

Spoke for seamen of that era really did mean that, with a megaphone! Radio was still morse code and flag or aldiss lamp signalling with merchantmen notoriously cumbersome. They closed and shouted.

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Re: Illegible word preceeding ships' names
« Reply #3 on: October 08, 2011, 02:36:19 pm »
Thank you so much, being a landlubber myself I had no idea that they could be "speaking" to the other ship and therefore could not extrapolate from what I saw.

I just love this project.  I have the most fun looking for the correct place and ship names, but there are a few cases where I just have to transcribe what I think I see and hope that the other two transcribers had better luck.

PBW

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Re: Illegible word preceeding ships' names
« Reply #4 on: October 08, 2011, 02:51:39 pm »
That is a good way to approach the project, PBW.
I'm glad to hear you are enjoying it.

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Re: Illegible word preceeding ships' names
« Reply #5 on: October 08, 2011, 03:44:38 pm »
ah, another one joins the ranks -  ;D

we really need some sort of secret handshake or signal - maybe a tattoo?  ;D

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Re: Illegible word preceeding ships' names
« Reply #6 on: October 08, 2011, 11:41:55 pm »
...or megaphones?  ;)

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Re: Illegible word preceeding ships' names
« Reply #7 on: October 09, 2011, 12:20:42 am »
Many people find megaphones useful when speaking English to foreigners.

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Re: Illegible word preceeding ships' names
« Reply #8 on: October 09, 2011, 12:21:57 am »
 ;D ;D

I like to use my British to English/English to British dictionary

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