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Re: Passing on the Ransome Legacy-now International Code of Signals

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Posted by Martin Honor on October 22, 2019 at 10:55:08 user MartinH.

In Reply to: Re: Passing on the Ransome Legacy-now MORSE CODE posted by Mike Field on October 21, 2019 at 18:05:46:

In his post above Mike Field also mentions the International Code of Signals. Many seafarers are familiar with the single letter codes as used by AR. When I was in the Royal Navy we were expected to know all the single letter signals for both the International and the NATO codes. But there are thousands of multi-flag signals covering every conceivable message.
Recently I had to go looking through the signal book when a friend passed away and his son asked me for suitable flag hoist to make at his wake. In the end I settled on UW-BOSUN, meaning "Bon Voyage Bosun" (His Scout name). I did consider adding the group YZ to indicate the that following group was spelt in plain language but decided it was obvious anyway.
Strangely International Code is little used these days and the one mourner I expected to know, an instructor at a maritime college didn't recognise the UW group.

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