The Captain and the Chief. A Mariner’s joke

John Konrad
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May 16, 2007

ship's ER

The Captain and the Chief Engineer were in the galley revisiting an old

The Chief: “Your job is too easy, all you do is pick a point on
the chart and set your compass to it”

“No Way” said the captain. “Your job is way easier those engines are
just a larger version of an outboard motor!”

So each men decided to switch jobs for awhile to settle the argument….
about an hour latter beads of sweat are running down the Captain’s brow
as he struggles to keep the plant online.

After about 20min the Capt hears a small bang and sends the 3rd A/E to investigate.
An alarm goes off and he sends the 2nd.
Then he sees an oiler running past with a wrench…so he sends the 1st.

A few more minutes pass and BANG the lights go out.

Discouraged and now seemingly adrift he heads to the bridge to admit defeat. “I am soooo
sorry chief, I lost the plant. Your job is much harder than I ever thought”. “That’s OK….” replies the Chief Engineer “we ran aground!”


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