Out on the waters, there is a time honored custom called Rendering Honors, whereupon two vessels, upon passing closely will offer up and/or return a salute to one another. It's really quite the fire-drill when this happens, as it's a very serious matter and a point of honor, pride and dignity, especially among ships-of-the-line.
Its tenfold the matter of honor, pride and dignity when said ships sail under different flags.
Normally, the vessel initiating the salute will organize her not-on-watch crew to "side the decks", with sailors arrayed at the lifelines, regularly spaced, standing at parade rest. As the ships pass, the saluting ship will dip her ensign to half-mast for about four seconds, then smartly raise it to the top of the standard.
That's all fine if the ship being saluted knows ahead of time if honors are to be rendered, (which is usually agreed to via radio beforehand). But if unprepared, the sound of the Watch Officer's voice ringing over the 1MC system, the sprinting of crew in every direction and a hurried "side the decks" in order for the saluted ship to return honors....it's much like General Quarters, but for peaceable purposes.
Sailing literature is full of accounts of small-boat skippers dipping their flag to a warship, and especially the sail training ships of various nation's Naval Academys....only to be mortified in embarrassment as hundreds upon hundreds of sailors pour onto those decks, and the ship returns proper honors.
I have been humbled thusly this morning, by an honor from no less than Kim DuToit. And have been fire-drill typing, hoping to return that salute in the proper fashion and time.
I've got to say "thanks, Kim!", for your kind words and assessment of my.....um.... qualities. But the fact is, Kim's reader Hg-196 reflects my attitude quite accurately, thus:
"I consider firearms, or any other means of applying physical force, to be strictly DEFENSIVE weapons. This does not mean I am in any way passive. But my weapon of offense is THE WRITTEN WORD. With a published article I hope to be able to CONVINCE, ultimately a far more powerful than physical force."
Exactly so. But failing that, there's always this.........
Three groups, all at 7 yards.
Small scale sihlouette target.
Center mass: S&W Model 28, 4" bbl. .38spl 148 gr. wadcutter. 50 rds, double action.
Head group: S&W Model 28, 4" bbl. .357 Mag. 125 gr. JHP. 25 rds, doube action.
"7" ring group, abdomen: Browning Buckmark Camper, .22lr, 10 rds, rapid fire.
Again, thanks Kim. As always, I'm honored by your trust and friendship.
Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to the range, too. (during my lunch break at work, of course!)
Smooth seas and following winds to you, brother Kim.