The following transcript has been
passed to me from a couple of different sources, but I
believe it ultimately came from the Internet. I can't
vouch for its veracity, but it does sound all too typical
of relationships between Canadians and Americans. (Being
Canadian, I've lots of experience in this area!) -B.
A transcript of an actual radio conversation between a US
Navy vessel with Canadian authorities off Newfoundland in
October 1995.The radio conversation was released by the
Chief of Naval Operations.
10 October 1995:
Americans: 'Please divert your course 15 degrees to the
north to avoid a collision.'
Canadians: 'Recommended you divert YOUR course 15 degrees
to the south to avoid a collision.'
Americans: 'This is the captain of a US Navy ship. I say
again, divert YOUR course.'
Canadians: 'NO, I say again, 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
YOUR COURSE 15 DEGREES NORTH,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.'