The Baffle Of Trafalgar by David McMahon

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As Lord Nelson might have said: ``Before you `Kiss me, Hardy’ could you please decipher this coded message in a flag display.’’

Actually, they’re not real flags, nor even naval bunting. This is simply a mural on a wall at Sydney’s Darling Harbour. It is in the vicinity – but not part of – the nearby Australian Maritime Museum.

As soon as I noticed the old-style naval ensigns, I was reminded of the old semaphore system. The pennants can still be seen in some encyclopedias – if you’re lucky!

I do not crop, enhance or post-edit my images in any way. Shot with a Pentax K100D, using a Sigma 18-125mm lens. F6.7, 1/125 sec, ISO 400, focal length 58mm.



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  • David Davies
    David Daviesover 3 years ago

    Frankly, I think it says ‘Hello sailor!’

  • Very quick, as always, with the repartee, David! I think you may be right, in any language!!

    – David McMahon

  • TonyCrehan
    TonyCrehanover 3 years ago

    I think it spells BAR COC BAY but what does it mean? Cockle Bay Bar perhaps?

  • Interesting, Tony – I’ll have to show it to a nautical friend. I wonder if it is part of a bar in Darling Harbour, spelling out the name?

    – David McMahon

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