Sailor joke

The captain of a famous English warship was patrolling off the Spanish main. Suddenly the first mate burst into the captain's quarters and relays that the man on watch reports one enemy ship has been sighted directly in the course of the ship. The captain replies, "get my red shirt ready". "Why?" asks the first mate. "Because if I am wounded in battle I don't want the men to see me bleeding and then give up in the battle." Of course they won the engagement and resumed their patrol. One month later the first mate bursts into the captain's quarters. "Sir 17 enemy ships have been sighted directly on course for our ship". The captain replies, "get my brown pants ready".