A Game of Chicken Between a Lighthouse and An Aircraft Carrier-Fiction!

 

 

 

Summary of eRumor:
This story says it is based on an actual radio conversation between the U.S. Navy Aircraft carrier the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln and a Canadian Lighthouse.  The carrier and the lighthouse keep radioing each other to give way thinking each is a ship, until the game is over when one of them identifies itself as a lighthouse.
 

The Truth: 
It
is a commonly told joke, not a real incident, and the U.S. Navy has officially denied the version that claims it took place between the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln and a lighthouse.  

updated 05/30/13
A real example of the story as it has been circulated:

This is based on an actual radio conversation between a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier (U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln) and Canadian authorities off the coast of Newfoundland in October, 1995. (The radio conversation was released by the Chief of Naval Operations on 10/10/95 authorized by the Freedom of Information Act.)

Canadians:  Please divert your course 15 degrees to the South to avoid collision.

Americans:  Recommend you divert your course 15 degrees to the North to avoid a collision.

Canadians:  Negative.  You will have to divert your course 15 degrees to the South to avoid a collision.

Americans:  This is the Captain of a US Navy ship.  I say again, divert YOUR course.

Canadians:  No, I say again, you divert YOUR course.

Americans:  THIS IS THE AIRCRAFT CARRIER USS LINCOLN, THE SECOND LARGEST SHIP IN THE UNITED STATES' ATLANTIC FLEET.  WE ARE ACCOMPANIED BY THREE  DESTROYERS, THREE CRUISERS AND NUMEROUS SUPPORT  VESSELS.  I DEMAND THAT YOU CHANGE YOUR COURSE 15  DEGREES NORTH--I SAY AGAIN, THAT'S ONE FIVE DEGREES NORTH--OR COUNTER-MEASURES WILL BE UNDERTAKEN TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF THIS SHIP.

Canadians:  This is a lighthouse.  Your call.