This is amusing.

It’s also a load of bollocks.

There is no Royal Navy aircraft carrier – indeed no Royal Navy ship – called “HMS Britannia”, and 15 seconds on the internet would have confirmed it.

The most recent “HMS Britannia” was the Shore Establishment now called “Royal Naval College Dartmouth”. Not somewhere likely to be at risk from lighthouses…

Writer Note: fiction is much more effective when there’s a big dollop of truth mixed with the lie. “HMS Invincible”, “HMS Illustrious” or even a default name like “HMS Ark Royal” (for US purposes, think “USS Enterprise”) would have made this story work.

As it is…<operates toilet flush>

(The Royal Yacht (decommissioned) was “HMY Britannia”, more usually called Royal Yacht Britannia, and was not an aircraft carrier even for radio-controlled scale models.)

This is a good story and funny. Don’t know why Peter has to throw cold water comments on it. So petty.

Because it’s a lie, and a stupid lie that could have been a damn good lie if anyone had done their homework. (Except that it’s already got legs – US Navy vs Canadian lighthouse etc.)

Get the facts right and the lie looks good.

If the facts are checkably wrong, you’re sunk.

Even before your fictional aircraft carrier runs into your fictional lighthouse.

“The more truth you mix with a lie, the more believable it gets.”

Jeez, guys. TRY HARDER. Do your homework. Tell a lie that’ll stand up to a little stress testing, you know? (Because what’s the point, otherwise?) And learn to subject what you hear to a little more stress testing, too.

Otherwise, as you drift gently into adult life, you’ll get in the habit of believing whatever (for example) your local government tells you. And then where will we be?

And also: does the truth really hurt THAT much? You want to have that looked at.

I’ve heard this before, but with an American ship. Can’t remember any further details, however.

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