Nautical Alphabet

Before our world of modern technology using radios and advanced communication systems, sea‐going captains used a signaling system to allow ships to communicate to and from each other. Each flag represents an individual letter or by itself a pre‐defined meaning like “I have a diver down; keep well clear at slow speed”.
If you look at the Fathoms Bar & Grille logo, you will notice that there is a signal flag directly below each letter of the name thus flying those flags in that order at sea would spell out F‐A‐T‐H‐O‐M‐S.
Communication on the sea is a very important part of running a safe and efficient ship. Fathoms Bar & Grille understands this principal and uses it to ensure we provide our customers with the most delicious food, delicious beverages and a one‐of‐a‐kind dining experience...

A - Alpha

Diver below (when stationary)

B - Bravo

I am taking on or discharging explosives

C - Charlie


D - Delta

Keep clear of me, I am maneuvering with difficulty

E - Echo

I am altering my course to starboard

F - Foxtrot

I am disabled, communicate with me

G - Golf

I require a pilot

H - Hotel

I have a pilot on board

I - India

I am altering my course to port

J - Juliet

I am going to send a message by semaphore

K - Kilo

You should stop by vessel instantly

L - Lima

You should stop, I have something important to communicate

M - Mike

I have a doctor on board

N - November

No (negative)

O - Oscar

Man overboard

P - Papa

All aboard, vessel is about to proceed sea

Q - Quebec

My vessel is healthy and I request a free practique

R - Romeo

The way is off my ship. You may feel your way past me

S - Sierra

My engines are going full speed astern

T - Tango

Do not pass ahead of me

U - Uniform

You are standing into danger

V - Victor

Require assistance (not in distress)

W - Whiskey

I require medical assistance

X - Xray

Stop carrying out your intentions and watch for my signals

Y - Yankee

I am carrying mail

Z - Zulu

To be used to address or call shore stations