Here’s a transcript of a radio exchange that took place off the coast of Newfoundland some years ago between the captain of an American naval ship and a Canadian naval officer.
American captain: Recommend you alter your course 20° to the north in order to avoid collision.
Canadian officer: No. Recommend you alter your course 20° to the south in order to avoid collision.
American captain: Perhaps I haven’t made myself clear. This is the captain of a U.S. Navy ship. I repeat: Recommend you alter your course.
Canadian officer: Impossible. You must alter your course.
American captain: You are speaking to the captain of the U.S.S. Missouri. We are a large warship of the United States ...