jack, Yes, I learned both morse and semaphore while serving in landing craft. My morse was not very good probably because we never used it very often, but I can still do a bit of semaphore now. I have a very good friend who was a bunting tosser in the Andrew and when he comes in to the RNA Club and goes to the bar I always call him up and tell him that mine's a dark and stormy. Funnily enough there are not many matelots who know it these days are there? Do they use mobile phones at sea?