Category: Navy Jokes
The Famous Admiral
When a famous admiral died, the navy wanted to lay on a grand ceremony in his honour. After two hours of speeches and hymns, it was suggested that the event should end with a cannon salute.
That was when the organisation of the ceremony threatened to run into trouble for nobody on the four-man planning committee could seem to agree on the number of shots that should be fired in the salute.
"I think one shot would be perfect," said the first captain. "It would be moving and deeply symbolic."
"I think there should be two," suggested the second captain, "in honour of the two great battles he won."
"Well, I think we should have three shots," said the third captain, "as a mark of respect to the number of ships he commanded."
The fourth captain puffed quietly on his pipe until asked for his opinion.
"There's no argument," he said. "We must fire four shots at the end of the ceremony to commemorate the late admiral's four decorations for gallantry. In fact, I have already discussed the matter with the Queen, and it has all been approved."
With that, the other three captains stormed out of the room. One turned at the door and said: "We wouldn't have bothered coming if we had known it was a four-gun conclusion!"