I can't stand it, Geoff - what is '3 shorts and a long'???!!??
Ships when they leave port typically blow the whistle 3 sorts and a long as a way of saying goodbye.
actually it is a Manoeuvring and Warning Signal under the International Collision regulations act
Wow, thanks, I never knew that..I always thought ir was just a friendly "bye-bye". I can't wait for this subject to come up at my table on my next cruise!