So we have seen how the crew addresses the Captain in this question; but how about the Chief? At about 3:03:00, Lt. Werner asks the Chief,

Kommen wir je wieder hoch, LI?

and calls him something like »LI«. What is he saying?

Also, the Kaleun said at about 3:07:30:

Gut, LI

[edited to show what surely must be the answer from @Ansgar below and from listening again closely.]

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    This question appears to be off-topic because it is not about the German language.
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    Mar 23, 2014 at 14:40
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    Mar 25, 2014 at 9:52
  • Translations requests from German should be restricted to cases where a profound knowledge of German is needed for understanding a phrase or an idiom. @Takkat and @Carsten, marine or nautical terms can only be clarified by someone familiar with this. As this is a seemingly small percentage of the population, I suggest this is a valid question.
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    @Takkat: Since it’s from a well-known movie, this can be actually interesting for future visitors and I would consider this to be of general interest. But maybe, we should discuss this on Meta.
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    – Takkat
    Mar 26, 2014 at 9:22

2 Answers 2


If I remember correctly, it is LI (Leitender Ingenieur)


Quote: Also, the Kaleun said at about 3:07:30

03:07:29,786 --> 03:07:33,582
Gut, Maat.

I used your give timestamps on three different subtitles files all in all, and the answer i found is Maat. Nothing to be found about Eli or LI so far.

Source: Boot, Das (1981) - Deutsche Untertitel

Maat, der; -[e]s, -e[n] [aus dem Niederdeutschen > mat(e) = Kamerad]:
Dienstgrad: Matrose. Schiffsunteroffizier in der [Bundes]Marine.

  • (Seemannssprache, früher) Gehilfe des Steuermanns oder des Bootsmanns auf Segelschiffen.
  1. ein niedriger (Unteroffizier) Dienstgrad bei der Marine.
  2. jmd., der den Dienstgrad eines Maats1 trägt.

Sources: Britannica Encyclopaedia 2010 | PONS Großwörterbuch | Langenscheidt Großwörterbuch


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