Essay on Crossing The Line Ceremony
As the ship got closer to crossing the Equator and the International Date Line I had to make a decision if I was going to take part in this two-day event that would take place the evening before crossing the Equator and the International Date Line and the next day. Just the thought of getting hurt and enduring such treatment made me not want to participate. There were a lot of rumors going around the ship of what some of the Shellbacks had in store for me that would have caused me great pain, like hitting me with the a piece of fire hose on the back my legs and not on my butt which could cause welts. The captain came across the 1MC and informed the Shellbacks that would be taking part in the ceremony that if they were caught injuring any of the wogs that they would be dealt with. After the captain made his announcement I felt better and somewhat relived, the captain is the one person that can end your career quickly. I decided that I would participate in the ceremony, becoming a Golden Shellback is an honor that most sailors never get the chance to achieve during their career.
The ceremony started around 1700 the night before the ship crossed the Equator and the International Date