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Canadian Lighthouse VS USS Missouri

You can just see it happening...

This is a supposed transcript of a radio conversation between a US Naval ship and Canadian authorities off the coast of Newfoundland. I understand that there's actually a full transcript of this conversation lurking about somewhere. If anyone has is, send it to me!

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 the US Navy Ship. I say again, divert YOUR course.

CANADIAN REPLY: No, I say again, divert YOUR course!

US SHIP: THIS IS THE USS MISSOURI. WE ARE A LARGE BATTLESHIP OF THE US NAVY. DIVERT YOUR COURSE NOW OR WE WILL TAKE APPROPRIATE AND DRASTIC MEASURES!!!!

CANADIAN REPLY: This is a lighthouse. Your call.

Edited to Add: Snopes has got the scoop on this one - proven false, although apparently in March 2008, Mike McConnell, the Director of National Intelligence in the U.S. claimed it to be true.

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(Anonymous)
Jun. 22nd, 2006 01:06 pm (UTC)
Americans dispute it!
Please note that the american navy officialy mentions this joke to say that this event never happened! ;-) How funny is that!
sharya
Jun. 22nd, 2006 02:40 pm (UTC)
Re: Americans dispute it!
Hehe, I've heard that :P
Re: Americans dispute it! - (Anonymous) - Oct. 20th, 2007 05:46 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Americans dispute it! - (Anonymous) - Feb. 10th, 2009 09:42 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Americans dispute it! - sharya - Feb. 10th, 2009 10:36 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Americans dispute it! - (Anonymous) - Mar. 11th, 2008 01:03 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: Americans dispute it! - (Anonymous) - Feb. 4th, 2009 09:34 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: Americans dispute it! - (Anonymous) - Apr. 30th, 2010 08:05 pm (UTC) - Expand
(Anonymous)
Sep. 28th, 2006 05:20 am (UTC)
RAAN Vs USS Missouri
We have a simmular one in Oz with our Subs and the then US Flag Ship. The US Navy stated that no sub could get near their flag ship with it's advanced sonar and five pilot ships. The Australian Submarine corps had great delight firing a Green Smoke Granade 5m from the bow of the Missouri then presenting the captain with a photo of the ships screws.

Also there is a WW2 photo of two patrol boats the USS Second to None and the HMS None :)
(Anonymous)
Oct. 26th, 2006 02:58 am (UTC)
Re: RAAN Vs USS Missouri
That's probably not a joke.
Australian subs regularly take part in exercises with US warships.They also regularly penetrate the destroyer screen around US carriers.Usually they sit underneath the carrier and ping it with their sonar but I can believe that they would fire a flare to announce their presence.Aussie submariners are a pretty crazy bunch.Pinging a US carrier is the "gotcha" which every sub crew has to have.
Some of the submariners I worked with bought a Harley in San Diego and smuggled it back to Oz in the torpedo tubes.It would have been priceless to see the expression on the face of say a Russian commanders face if he had been infomed that he was being attacked by a motor bike in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.
Re: RAAN Vs USS Missouri - sharya - Jan. 23rd, 2007 03:32 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: RAAN Vs USS Missouri - sharya - Jan. 23rd, 2007 03:30 pm (UTC) - Expand
(Anonymous)
Jan. 8th, 2007 02:21 am (UTC)
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sharya
Jan. 23rd, 2007 03:38 pm (UTC)
Re: Help with web design
As for my personal site, I confess I haven't ever used an original template. My very first templates were found on http://www.freewebtemplates.com/ and the one I'm currently using is a template of http://livejournal.com (which is where my journal is archived).

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If you've got a free template in mind that you'd like to use, you could contact someone about seeing if they'd be willing to edit it for you, to suit your needs. In older versions, it was my friend luny@ youfucktard.com (without the space), who tweaked my designs to suit my purposes. Also mchase@ clear-data.com (without the space) has helped me out considerably with those kinds of things.
(Anonymous)
Jan. 23rd, 2007 01:32 pm (UTC)
Total BS
Of course the Americans dispute it....it's the most cockamamie story ever. 5 minutes of legwork found the same story retold with 5 different US ships all claiming to be the biggest or the flag ship of the American fleet when actually none of them are. Half the stories say the incident happened in '95, when none of these ships was active in the Atlantic or even the US Fleet. It also changes the lighthouse location from Canada to Ireland to England.

Lighthouses have been around for centuries, any moron can tell what one looks like and would not call it to divert.
sharya
Jan. 23rd, 2007 03:39 pm (UTC)
Re: Total BS
LoL yes but it's funny ;) That's why I posted it.
Re: Total BS - (Anonymous) - Apr. 3rd, 2007 03:10 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Total BS - (Anonymous) - May. 28th, 2008 06:12 am (UTC) - Expand
(Anonymous)
May. 20th, 2007 01:59 am (UTC)
USS Missouri
All, I am a member of the US armed forces and have been for some 17 years. The above story is true though there are some issues with the vessel type; in acuality the vessel was the USS Sarratoga which is an aircraft carrier. This kind of navigational incident happens pretty frequently, though I believe that the light-house normally is victorious.
(Anonymous)
Nov. 16th, 2007 12:39 am (UTC)
stupid
(Anonymous)
Mar. 10th, 2008 08:27 am (UTC)
Canadian Ligthouse VS USS Missouri
This is the transcript of the ACTUAL radio conversation of a US naval ship
with Canadian authorities off the coast of Newfoundland in October 1995.

Radio conversation released by the Chief of Naval Operations 10-10-95:

Canadians:
Please divert your course 15 degrees to the South to avoid a collision.

Americans:
Recommend you divert your course 15 degrees to the North to avoid a collision.

Canadians:
Negative. You will have to divert your course 15 degrees to the South to avoid collision.

Americans:
This is the Captain of a US Navy ship. I say again, divert YOUR course.

Canadians:
No. I say again, you divert YOUR course.

Americans:
THIS IS THE AIRCRAFT CARRIER USS LINCOLN, THE SECOND LARGEST SHIP
IN THE UNITED STATES' ATLANTIC FLEET. WE ARE ACCOMPANIED BY THREE
DESTROYERS, THREE CRUISERS AND NUMEROUS SUPPORT VESSELS.
I DEMAND THAT YOU CHANGE COURSE 15 DEGREES NORTH, I SAY AGAIN, THAT'S ONE FIVE DEGREES NORTH,OR COUNTER-MEASURES WILL BE UNDERTAKEN TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF THIS SHIP.

Canadians:
This is a lighthouse. Your call.
(Anonymous)
May. 19th, 2008 07:47 pm (UTC)
Americans........
Americans........ Bush................. I am an American, but some are stupid......... *Cough*Cough*Bush*Cough*Cough*
mark3659
Jul. 21st, 2008 02:51 am (UTC)
Great
I love that story. I think that my pastor could use that in his sermon.
Thanks.

Mark
sharya
Jul. 21st, 2008 03:55 am (UTC)
Re: Great
Thanks! It's always been one of my favourites :)
(Anonymous)
Jul. 22nd, 2008 09:01 pm (UTC)
Validity
Just an FYI. This "story" dates back to an issue of the naval journal in the early 1940's. It was a joke then. It is still a joke now. I have used the story myself for well over a dozen years when discussing the importance of clear communication. Still a great story.

:-)

Regards,
Earl
Columbus, Ohio
sharya
Jul. 23rd, 2008 04:07 am (UTC)
Re: Validity
Well nice to have some idea of the origins! Thanks for the info :)
(Anonymous)
Aug. 14th, 2009 08:49 pm (UTC)
false story
This is a well know tall tale and has been told since 1936, I think. Just letting you. google search it.
(Anonymous)
Sep. 16th, 2009 10:39 pm (UTC)
Thats a true story.But it realy happened on the west coast of ireland durning the 2nd world war.
(Anonymous)
Oct. 4th, 2009 04:03 pm (UTC)
Funny.
Despite the bitterness of some saying it is not true, for whatever reason, perhaps pride, it is. However this happened many, many years ago and the transcipt was not released immediately afterwards, only years later.
It is a very funny story to tell, espically if you make a big build up.
sharya
Oct. 5th, 2009 04:20 am (UTC)
Re: Funny.
I wish I could get the source!
(Anonymous)
Nov. 4th, 2009 01:09 am (UTC)
level of trued
The 'lighthouse story' is simply to good not to be true. And when I was a student in nautical college it encougared me to pay attention to both my study and later my work.
(Anonymous)
Apr. 24th, 2010 02:46 pm (UTC)
fail
There is no Aircraft carrier called the "USS MISSOURI".
sharya
May. 30th, 2010 11:37 pm (UTC)
Re: fail
Good catch! Like I mentioned previously - this was an email forward. I fixed it to correctly reference the type of ship, although it looks like Snopes has it referencing an aircraft carrier by the name of the USS Abraham Lincoln.
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