Passed on to us by John H. Ingram


This yarn has kicked around for a few years and is worthy of being passed on............

Long ago, in the Revenue Marine when sailing ships ruled the waves, a captain and his crew were in preparing to board a pirate ship. As the crew became frantic, the captain bellowed to his First Mate, "Bring me my red shirt!" The First Mate quickly retrieved the captain's red shirt, which the captain put on and lead the crew to battle the pirates. Although some casualties occurred among the crew, the pirates were beaten.

The men sat around on deck that night recounting the day's events when a midshipman (equivalent to today's ensign) looked to the Captain and asked, "Sir, why did you call for your red shirt before the battle?" The Captain, giving the midshipman a look that only a captain can give, exhorted, "If I am wounded in battle, the red shirt does not show the blood, and thus you men will continue to fight unafraid." The men sat in silence, marveling at the courage of such a man.

The next morning, the lookout screamed that there were two pirate vessels sending boarding parties in retaliation. The crew cowered in fear, but the captain, calm as ever, bellowed, "Bring me my red shirt!" Once again, the battle was on, and the Captain and his crew repelled both boarding parties, though this time more casualties occurred.

Later that day, however, the lookout screamed that there were pirate ships, 10 of them, all with boarding parties on their way. The men became silent and looked to the Captain, their leader, for his usual command.

The Captain, calm as ever, bellowed, "Bring me my brown pants!"


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