March 29, 1942

On March 29, 1942, the British cruiser, the HMS Trinidad torpedoed itself while escorting a convoy of supply ships in the Barents Sea. It was not true that the Skipper of the Trinidad was a Jonas Grumby, just as it was not true that the seaman who loaded the faulty torpedo was not a certain infamous R. Gilligan. It is also not true that when the torpedo was launched at an attacking German destroyer and its faulty gyro caused the torpedo to turn in a circle and boomerang back at the Trinidad, that the Skipper did not yell, “GILLIGAN!”.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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One Response to March 29, 1942

  1. A Tongue-Clucking Grammarian says:

    So… it is NOT true that the Skipper did NOT yell?

    Does that mean the Skipper wasn’t Grumby, the seaman wasn’t Gilligan, but the Skipper DID yell, “GILLIGAN!”? Just asking.

    A Tongue-Clucking Grammarian

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