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AvastMH

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International Signals
« on: November 04, 2012, 01:44:03 pm »
International code; K. N. W. L and B. R. S.
Can anyone help with these flags as a signal please. A lot of the links on our signal help page have gone crook.  She's a French Ship somewhere between Hampton Roads VA and Madeira. It's 1884 - I can;t trace a flag code set for that date.
Thanks,
Joan

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Re: International Signals
« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2012, 02:42:22 pm »
This is from the 1989 Larousse... (with a somewhat liberal translation!)
NC - I am in distress
ED - your distress signals are understood
KP - tow me to port
FO - I will stay close to you
PM - follow in my wake
IR - keep away
JG - I am aground and in danger
NA - navigation forbidden
KN - I can't take you in tow

Doesn't seem too helpful though

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Re: International Signals
« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2012, 03:33:59 pm »
I changed the link in the Helpful Links page - http://www.boatsafe.com/nauticalknowhow/flags.htm with this as an alternate - http://www.marinewaypoints.com/learn/flags/flags.shtml

by these, it is possible that
   KN = "I wish to communicate" "Not"
   WL = "I require medical assistance" "You should stop your vessel immediately"
          (Possibly, "I have an epidemic aboard - don't bother me now"?)

    BRS = "dangerous cargo" "None" "Moving astern"
          (Possibly, "no dangerous cargo, back off"??)

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Re: International Signals
« Reply #3 on: November 04, 2012, 05:27:43 pm »
Thank ladies - I'll keep looking..I loved some of them though...one said 'BR' 'I need a helicopter'...I Liked that a lot but might not quote it too fast. ;) ;D ;D

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Re: International Signals
« Reply #4 on: November 04, 2012, 05:28:03 pm »
Looking at http://www.boatsafe.com/nauticalknowhow/flags.htm, it seems that 2 letter combinations can be quite different from single letters.

E.g.,
A = Keep Clear / Diver Down
C = Yes
AC = I am abandoning my vessel.

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One-flag signals are urgent or very common signals (see meanings below). Two-flag signals are mostly distress and maneuvering signals. Three-flag signals are for points of the compass, relative bearings, standard times, verbs, punctuation, also general code and decode signals. Four-flags are used for geographical signals, names of ships, bearings, etc. Five-flag signals are those relating to time and position. Six-flag signals are used when necessary to indicate north or south or east or west in latitude and longitude signals. Seven-flags are for longitude signals containing more than one hundred degrees.

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Re: International Signals
« Reply #5 on: November 04, 2012, 05:37:18 pm »
Hey at this time on  Sunday I'm feeling a bit ZL about many things....hahahaha!  ;D ;D ;)

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Re: International Signals
« Reply #6 on: November 04, 2012, 07:23:07 pm »
That definitely describes my mental state at the moment!

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Re: International Signals
« Reply #7 on: November 04, 2012, 09:02:43 pm »
That definitely describes my mental state at the moment!
Oh dear  :-* to make it better!

You should SO  declare UM  and put your feet up early tonight.  ;)

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Re: International Signals
« Reply #8 on: November 04, 2012, 09:20:41 pm »
 ;D

It wasn't actually the plan, but I pretty much have anyway ;)

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Re: International Signals
« Reply #9 on: November 05, 2012, 05:25:24 pm »
At one of the houses I lived in we had an apron in the kitchen with various nautical flags and their meanings on it (no idea why!) and felt that we should work out some way of attaching an indication of which one(s) were appropriate to the wearer of the day - especially when they were warning of danger!  PP would certainly sometimes have been appropriate on one of those days when nothing was going to plan ...

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Re: International Signals
« Reply #10 on: November 05, 2012, 06:32:34 pm »
At one of the houses I lived in we had an apron in the kitchen with various nautical flags and their meanings on it (no idea why!) and felt that we should work out some way of attaching an indication of which one(s) were appropriate to the wearer of the day - especially when they were warning of danger!  PP would certainly sometimes have been appropriate on one of those days when nothing was going to plan ...

Nice one helenj! ;D ;D

I used to have one of those pinnies (I'm a member of the Lifeboat Society in the UK, that's why I had one)- I bought it just before my house nearly burnt down..check the entry for 'J' (sigh! ::) ::) :D)

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Re: International Signals
« Reply #11 on: November 05, 2012, 08:49:59 pm »
 :o :o :o

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Re: International Signals
« Reply #12 on: November 05, 2012, 11:06:14 pm »
was scrubbing soot of the walls for weeks.... ::)

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Re: International Signals
« Reply #13 on: November 05, 2012, 11:35:32 pm »
Horrible!

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Re: International Signals
« Reply #14 on: November 22, 2012, 08:04:03 am »
Came across this book site about code signaling. Not what we want but may be of interest to some.
http://books.google.com.au/books?id=4FIpAAAAYAAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=subject:%22Cipher+and+telegraph+codes%22&hl=en#v=onepage&q&f=false
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