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1898 HMS POWERFUL CROSSING THE LINE CEREMONY KEPPEL &C

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Format:

Disbound

Language:

English

Subject:

Military & War

Condition:

Used

Printing Year:

1897

EXCELLENT condition & rescued from a copy of
THE NAVY & ARMY ILLUSTRATED - 1897
 
THIS PAGE IS AN ORIGINAL - APROXIMATELY 115 YEARS OLD
AND NOT A REPRODUCTION
 
 
 

Page from an issue of The ARMY and NAVY ILLUSTRATED.

This magazine employed talented photographers and journalists to illustrate news and events.

Printed on quality paper. Normally there will be another article, drawing or photographs to back.
 
Date and name of publication are at the border of the page
 
Page dimensions approximately
14 inches x 9 1/4 inches (355mm x 235mm)
 
Printed on quality paper.
The page is complete with all margins
 
 
A superb page in excellent damage free condition.
 
NO FOLDS OR CREASES 
ITEM WILL BE DESPATCHED IN POSTAL TUBE FOR PROTECTION
 
NOTE: Additional purchases dispatched at the same time will incur no additional postal charge
 
 FOR INFORMATION:

What is a Crossing the Line Ceremony?

Crossing the Line Ceremonies happen when a ship crosses the Equator. All members of the crew regardless of age or rank who have not crossed the equator before must take part in the initiation ritual.

 

The ceremony has changed little since the 18th century. Many countries' ships would give some kind of offering to the sea and still remains in today's navies.

 

Crew who have crossed the equator before were nicknamed "shellbacks".

 

The ceremony

The ceremony begins with King Neptune's procession, which includes his loyal assistant Davey Jones and Her Royal Highness Amphitrite.

 

Neptune's court is opened and the King addresses the ship's Captain and his men. The first new inductee is called for and seated above a pool where angry "bears" wait.

 

The inductee is first given a thorough medical by a "doctor" whilst the crew watch the spectacle. The medical is a pantomime performance with over sized instruments and crowd involvement, the outcome is the giving of 'medicine'. The 'medicine' can be a large pill or spoonful of medicine normally made of foul ingredients and given without much care

 

Later, the ship's "barber" gives the inductee a shave. The barber in these ceremonies more resembles a butcher and has fake bloodstains all over his white apron.

 

He wields a large wooden razor blade and uses barbers foam that is a sticky flour and water mix. The 'barber' shaves of the foam with an oversized razor, whilst holding the inductee's nose.

 

The dunking then commences from the chair erected above the pool. Men dressed as bears receive him in the pool. These 'bears' then continue to dunk the inductee until satisfied.

 

The sailor becomes part of the order of the deep and receives a certificate to prove his new status. Neither commanding nor senior officers can escape the court of King Neptune. The Officer's dunkings by the 'bears' are often even more prolonged

 

Certificates

Sailors make these certificates onboard and often their quality reflects the available resources of the ship. Some certificates are incredibly intricate works of art where as some are small tokens of the day.

 

Other orders include the order of the bluenose when a ship crosses the Artic Circle.

 
 
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