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pliget

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Merry Christmas to Arfon and all
« on: December 23, 2010, 03:07:57 pm »
A Merry Christmas and a Fair Wind and Following Sea for 2011 to one and all.


And an old but still funny urban  myth (which I'm sure I first heard before 1995):

PLAYING CHICKEN, US NAVY STYLE
"No matter what happens, the U.S. Navy is not going to be caught
napping." - U.S. Secretary of Navy, December 4, 1941

Setup: The chief of United States naval operations has released the
       following transcript of a radio conversation between a US
       Navy ship and Canadian authorities off the coast of Newfoundland
       in  October 1995.

US ship: Please divert your course 0.5 degrees to the south to avoid a
         collision.

Canadian reply: Recommend you divert your course 15 degrees to the
                south to avoid a collision.

US ship: This is the captain of a US Navy ship. I say again, divert
         your course.

Canadians: No. I say again, you divert your course!

US ship: This is the aircraft carrier USS Missouri; we are a large
         warship of the US Navy. Divert your course now!!

Canadians: This is a lighthouse. Your call.

(With apologies to our "cousins". No doubt 100 years ago this was a British Dreadnought)

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Re: Merry Christmas to Arfon and all
« Reply #1 on: December 23, 2010, 04:09:31 pm »
I heard that one a very long time ago - and it didn't bother to mention any other nationalities.  Americans were telling it and taking credit for owning both the lighthouse and the idiot! ;D

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Re: Merry Christmas to Arfon and all
« Reply #2 on: December 24, 2010, 05:38:00 am »
Merry Christmas to us all!  May it be peaceful and happy.

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Re: Merry Christmas to Arfon and all
« Reply #3 on: December 24, 2010, 03:06:09 pm »
Happy Christmas to all Old Weather Folk.  Thank you for the urban myth, Pliget.  I hadn't heard it before so the twist at the end came as  a surprise.

Bad travelling weather today here in the Paris region.  Our sailors would just have carried on - and definitely worked on Christmas Day.

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Re: Merry Christmas to Arfon and all
« Reply #4 on: December 24, 2010, 04:28:41 pm »
Yep, I had a look at Challenger on Christmas Day 1917 and the only difference was Divine Service held on a day other than Sunday.
To all shipmates - Happy Christmas, where ever you are both in reality and Old Weather.

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Re: Merry Christmas to Arfon and all
« Reply #5 on: December 24, 2010, 06:09:01 pm »

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Re: Merry Christmas to Arfon and all
« Reply #6 on: December 24, 2010, 06:36:41 pm »
Merry Christmas all!  :D

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Re: Merry Christmas to Arfon and all
« Reply #7 on: December 24, 2010, 08:05:09 pm »
Season's greetings to you all from Caro and the Ship's Cat.


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Re: Merry Christmas to Arfon and all
« Reply #8 on: December 24, 2010, 08:19:29 pm »
Season's greetings to you all from Caro and the Ship's Cat.

;D ;D What a lovely picture.

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Re: Merry Christmas to Arfon and all
« Reply #9 on: December 25, 2010, 12:48:01 am »
Happy Christmas to all

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Re: Merry Christmas to Arfon and all
« Reply #10 on: December 25, 2010, 01:40:30 am »
From Western Ohio

Merry Christmas to all and to all a Good Night.

don

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Re: Merry Christmas to Arfon and all
« Reply #11 on: December 25, 2010, 12:38:26 pm »
Good morning

In true Christmas spirit, my gunboat just took on two tons of coal for the galley.  That should be enough for all of your Christmas stockings if you were bad this year.

All best

don

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Re: Merry Christmas to Arfon and all
« Reply #12 on: December 25, 2010, 02:46:13 pm »
Good Morning from Chicago,
And a Merry Christmas to all. 


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Re: Merry Christmas to Arfon and all
« Reply #13 on: December 25, 2010, 03:54:34 pm »
A Good f1 Morning and a Merry Christmas from me and my family to all the OW family!!  And a Happy New Year from beautiful Southern California!

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Re: Merry Christmas to Arfon and all
« Reply #14 on: December 25, 2010, 06:53:41 pm »

Merry Christmas, OW'ers, from Gloomy and drizzly Seattle, Washington!