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Old 04-09-2014, 16:52   #1
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Maritime Flag Code Book

I ran across a fellow selling a book in La Paz a while back which I interpreted as the "bible" for code flags. Super old book.

The book explained how to send all sorts of messages; stuff along the lines of "how was your colonoscopy?".

I didn't buy it, sadly, and now I want it. Does anyone have a clue as to what I'm talking about?

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Re: Maritime flag code book

International code of signals (Interco) - download here: Maritime Safety Information
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International code of signals (Interco) - download here: Maritime Safety Information
Bingo!

It was "Was the result of the enema satisfactory?" MRZ

Don't even have to spend a dime. Thank you much!
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Re: Maritime flag code book

Personally I like MSG - Give light movements and massage daily.

I haven't looked at this book in a long time, thanks for bringing it up to the forefront of consciousness.
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Re: Maritime flag code book

There is a nice little Android app called ICS which translated both ways using images of the flags rather than the alphanumeric codes. It's only $1.18

https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...m.techhead.ics
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Re: Maritime Flag Code Book

If anyone wants the whole Code bundled as a single book, I've uploaded it here:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/1xr8u1w66z...Flags.pdf?dl=0
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Awesome!
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Re: Maritime Flag Code Book

Here's the page with just the flags and pennants extracted from the PDF, and also a Word doc in case you want to make up your own 'boat name' in flags and maybe print it out and laminate it so you can stick it on the bulkhead over the chart table.

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Re: Maritime Flag Code Book

I wonder how many people who know they have to fly the all-yellow letter-Q flag when coming into a new country that it's meaning comes form this code under
Q - My vessel is “healthy” and I request free pratique.

I particularly enjoyed the following:
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Re: Maritime Flag Code Book

On the lighter side of flags...

Splice The Mainbrace Flags, Floating Impressions

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I particularly enjoyed the following:
Replace the middle one with Q and follow with a 2
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Re: Maritime Flag Code Book

Interestingly, the code flags most often sighted as meaning 'splice the mainbrace' (as in previous link) are given as the UK code signals A, D, 2, 8.

Yet in fact, what appears in most cases I can find are the US flags for A, D, 2, 8. (as in previous link). See upper pic.

Which is probably not unusual on US-flagged vessels.

If the flags were older UK code flags, (see lower pic) I think the A-Alpha would look like the modern *International* Y-Yankee flag (alternate diagonal red yellow), the D-Delta would look like the International numeral 0-Zero (vertical red strip on yellow ground), 2 would be a pennant of red over blue (or black), with the 8 being an all red pennant.
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Re: Maritime Flag Code Book

StuM - confused - do you mean (as per your previous) "MQ2" ???

This appears to be "The radioactive material is waterborne"

Is that right?

If so, how does it bear on my previous "MLE"
- The patient has taken much alcohol..??
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Re: Maritime Flag Code Book

The AD28 is indeed "Splice the Main Brace" - this is a Naval Signal with the 2 & 8 flags being naval numeric flags as opposed to numeral pennants used by civilians.

These signals used to be contained in Allied Tactical Publication 1 Volume 2 which was the signalman's bible back in my day as a bunting tosser with the grey funnel line..
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StuM - confused - do you mean (as per your previous) "MQ2" ???

This appears to be "The radioactive material is waterborne"

Is that right?

If so, how does it bear on my previous "MLE"
- The patient has taken much alcohol..??
"Replace the L with a Q"
MQE
Follow with a 2
MQE2

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