A Reading for Saturday, February 17th - "Know When to Change Course "
Know When to Change Course
A battleship had been at sea on training maneuvers in heavy weather for several days. The visibility was poor with patchy fog, so the captain remained on the bridge keeping an eye on all activities.
Shortly after dark, the lookout on the wing of the bridge reported. “Light, bearing on the starboard bow.”
“Is it steady or moving a stern?” the captain called out.
The lookout replied, “Steady, captain,” which meant it was on a collision course with their ship.
The captain then shouted to the signalman, “Signal the ship: We are on a collision course. Advise you to change course 20 degrees.”
Back came a signal, “Advisable for you to change course 20 degrees.”
In reply, the captain said, Send: I’m a ship’s Captain. Change course 20 degrees.“
“I’m a seaman second class,” came the reply, “You had better change course 20 degrees, now!”
By that time, the captain was furious. He spit out a command, “Send: This is a battleship. Change your course immediately.”
Back came the flashing lights reply: “This is a light house!”
The battleship changed course.
Check tomorrow's post for some explanations about this reading.
Posted on Sat, February 17, 2018
by Ken Hart