A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from January 14, 2017
“Where do boats go when they’re sick?"/"To the dock.”

A popular boat riddle is:

Q: Where do boats go when they’re sick?
A: To the dock (doc).


The riddle has been cited in print since at least 1967.


30 October 1967, Minneapolis (MN) Star, “Boat Joke,” pg. 5B, col. 2:
Debra asks, “Where do they send boats when they are sick?”

The answer is, “To the dock.”

9 January 1971, Chicago (IL) Tribune, “Riddle,” sec. 1, pg. 13, col. 6:
Where do they send sick boats?
To the dock.

18 March 1978, Battle Creek (MI) Enquirer and News, “Mini Jokes,” The Mini Page, pg. 3, col. 2:
Q. Where do boats go when they’re sick?
A. To the dock!
-- Wendy Shepard, Battle Creek

5 November 1989, Newsday (Long Island, NY), “Smiles,” Kidsday, pg. 1:
Where do sick boats go? To the dock.
Kevin Starkes, West Hempstead

Google Books
Super Giggles:
Knock-Knocks, Jokes, and Tongue-Twisters

New York, NY: Barnes & Noble
2005
Pg. 164:
Where do boats go when they’re sick?
To the dock-

Reddit—3amjokes
Where do boats go when they’re sick? self.3amjokes
Submitted October 8, 2014 by GuyWhoNeverComments

Reddit—Jokes
Where do sick boats go?
submitted December 7, 2014 by Blue_sweater_
........to the dock!!
HAHHAHHAHAHHA

Google Books
The Super, Epic, Mega Joke Book for Kids
By Whee Winn
Grand Rapids, MI: Zonderkidz
2016
Pg. ?:
Where do boats go when they are sick?
To the dock.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityTransportation • Saturday, January 14, 2017 • Permalink