A young deckhand sees a pirate ship approaching from the port side. He rushes to the captain and tells him.
The captain says, “I need you to go to my cabin and get my red shirt.”
The deckhand is a bit confused. He asks, “Your red shirt, Sir?”
The captain replies, “Yes. If I get hit by enemy gunfire, I do not want my men to see me bleeding and give up the fight.”
The deckhand rushes to the captain`s cabin and gets his red shirt.
The whole time he is thinking how brave his captain is, since he is worried about the men giving up the fight if he gets hit by enemy gunfire, and not even concerned about his own life.
On his way back, the deckhand notices another pirate ship approaching from the starboard side. When he gets to the captain, he gives him the red shirt and says,
“Sir, I regret to inform you, there is another pirate ship approaching from our starboard side!”
The captain says, “I need you to go to my cabin and get my brown pants!”