Random Joke #5: Change Course


One night, the captain of a tanker saw a light dead ahead. He directed his signalman to flash a signal to the light which went:

“Change course 10 degrees South.”

The reply was quickly flashed back…

“You change course 10 degrees North.”

The captain was a little annoyed at this reply and sent a further message…

“I am a captain. Change course 10 degrees South.”

Back came the reply…

“I am an able-seaman. Change course 10 degrees North.”

The captain was outraged at this reply and send a message…

“I am a 240,000 tonne tanker. CHANGE course 10 degrees South!”

Back came the reply…

“I am a LIGHTHOUSE. Change course 10 degrees North!!!!”

β€” Cruising Helsman, October 1987


About Edmark M. Law

My name Edmark M. Law. I work as a freelance writer, mainly writing about science and mathematics. I am an ardent hobbyist. I like to read, solve puzzles, play chess, make origami and play basketball. In addition, I dabble in magic, particularly card magic and other sleight-of-hand type magic. I live in Hong Kong. I blog at learnfunfacts.com. You can find me on Twitter @EdmarkLaw and Facebook. My email is edmarklaw@learnfunfacts.com
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13 Responses to Random Joke #5: Change Course

  1. ~ Sarah ~ says:


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  2. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
    I’m a mariner and this is the best marine joke I’ve ever heard…

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  3. paolsoren says:

    Edmark, I am adding this to take advantage of you Blog Promoting Offer in your previous post. I had an encounter in a Melbourne Tram late the other night that had potential for one of those confrontations that you wish to avoid on public transport. It include two Chinese student, a Muslim couple and a man who appeared to be quite drunk. And many misconceptions were shattered.
    https://wp.me/p8PuzR-uR I hope some of your readers like it.

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  4. paolsoren says:

    Yes. I have heard it before, but a good joke can always do with a re-telling.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. hahahaha…… I can relate to this joke…….

    Liked by 1 person

  6. anne leueen says:

    Ah yes! A parable for much of life I think!

    Liked by 3 people

  7. Garfield Hug says:

    Lol! Lighthouse wins!!

    Liked by 3 people

  8. Could that be a mixed up signal?

    Liked by 2 people

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