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Missed Opportunity - 2/16/2013 11:39:41 PM   
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I was reading the other day about a crossing the line ceremony that someone was recalling from his days in WW II. I've read about them in several places. It's tradition on US Navy ships to have the ceremony when crossing the equator where Pollywogs and made into Shellbacks.

I'm sure there are some Shellbacks here who have been through the ceremonies.

I was thinking while reading the recent article that the IJN missed a golden opportunity to sink some warships. If they had positioned some subs along the equator, they probably could have picked off some ships in the middle of the crossing ceremony where most of the crew was occupied.

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RE: Missed Opportunity - 2/16/2013 11:44:35 PM   
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These ceremonies were still observed during war time?

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RE: Missed Opportunity - 2/16/2013 11:47:14 PM   
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The is also Blue Nose for crossing the Artric Circle. I am sure that ceremony is a bit colder than Shellback.

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RE: Missed Opportunity - 2/16/2013 11:52:56 PM   
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Yup..




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RE: Missed Opportunity - 2/17/2013 12:39:58 AM   
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A ship's captain could delay the ceremony if the ship was headed into battle, but I've read many WW II experiences of Crossing the Line.

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RE: Missed Opportunity - 2/17/2013 12:56:27 AM   
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My understanding is that a ship in wartime, then as now, would have the ceremony in shifts, with the duty section at full alert duing the ceremony.

I've got six blue noses, but missed the Neptuus Rex award by 8 miles! (I was TAD to VP-23 and we turned back due to a broken RADAR!!! ARG!!!!!!!).

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RE: Missed Opportunity - 2/17/2013 4:44:02 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: wdolson

I was reading the other day about a crossing the line ceremony that someone was recalling from his days in WW II. I've read about them in several places. It's tradition on US Navy ships to have the ceremony when crossing the equator where Pollywogs and made into Shellbacks.

I'm sure there are some Shellbacks here who have been through the ceremonies.

I was thinking while reading the recent article that the IJN missed a golden opportunity to sink some warships. If they had positioned some subs along the equator, they probably could have picked off some ships in the middle of the crossing ceremony where most of the crew was occupied.

Bill


Spoken (er, written) like a true JFB.

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