Great story, Wheels :-)
Some years ago we were returning to the Chesapeake from Florida offshore
, riding the Gulf Stream
. It had been overcast since leaving a couple of days before and we were nearing the Carolina coast.
A large commercial
ship of some sort appeared on the horizon and seemed to track us for awhile. Then, the VHF
lit up with a heavy Slavic accent: "Fishing Boat, Fishing
Boat". We didn't see any fishing boat, but after a number of such calls, finally figured out he was calling us. We answered that we were a sailboat.
"Yes, sail boat. Do you have satellite
I replied that no, we didn't , but we had Loran
." Then, laboriously, "What is your position?"
I gave it to him, twice, slowly.
"Thank you very much". And they steamed off into the murk.
Don't know his nationality, but I do know that many East European ships of the time didn't carry much in the way of navigation gear
. I could well imagine his angst at having to deal with no celestial fix for a few days, approaching a dangerous coast, and having to calculate the 2-4 knot Gulf Stream current
into his DR!
It seemed funny
at the time, and kinda nice to be able to help a fellow traveler.