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WilhelmSchulz.
04-02-2006, 11:04 AM
I was watching the travel channel and they metioned a cruse in the Galapgos that Crosed the equator. Now the question is, If you go on this cruse and join/are in the navy dose that make you a Shellback?

WilhelmSchulz.
04-02-2006, 11:04 AM
I was watching the travel channel and they metioned a cruse in the Galapgos that Crosed the equator. Now the question is, If you go on this cruse and join/are in the navy dose that make you a Shellback?

Yen Lo
04-02-2006, 12:26 PM
Yeah, there used to be an optional ceremony of real nasty stuff that would constitute "hazing" or harassment now. I went through it hehe. One part of it consisited of crawling through a tarp filled with old rotten food from the cruise left out on the deck that by the day we got to go through it was real rancid, nasty stuff. Then there was the spankings by old firehoses that had been soaked in seawater and left to dry and harden.
There is also Golden Shellback, which is what I am. Thats when you cross the equator and the International Date line I believe, 0 degrees longitude, O degrees latititude. Its like the loniest point out in the pacific ocean LMAO.

Celeon999
04-02-2006, 12:51 PM
Here is what an equator ceremony looks like in the german navy http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif


http://img341.imageshack.us/img341/3657/karnevalaufderkln9cd9ym.jpg

Yen Lo
04-02-2006, 01:14 PM
Yup thats what it looked like for us too hehe. Good Stuff.

WilhelmSchulz.
04-02-2006, 02:08 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Yen Lo:
There is also Golden Shellback, which is what I am. Thats when you cross the equator and the International Date line I believe, 0 degrees longitude, O degrees latititude. Its like the loniest point out in the pacific ocean LMAO. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>It actuly 0 latt. 180 long. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif

Yen Lo
04-02-2006, 06:57 PM
OOPs thats right. I was a PC not a QM.

blue_76
04-02-2006, 10:21 PM
well at least you can thank its not the bounty http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

AO1_AW_SW_USN
04-06-2006, 08:20 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by WilhelmSchulz.:
I was watching the travel channel and they metioned a cruse in the Galapgos that Crosed the equator. Now the question is, If you go on this cruse and join/are in the navy dose that make you a Shellback? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Sorry that I haven't answered your question sooner. I'm having computer problems at the house, and the only time I post on the forums that I visit is when I'm at work.

Now to your question: Technically yes, when you cross the Equator you are a shellback... only when King Neptune is pleased with your transition from a Pollywog. That's what the ceremony is all about and that's presenting yourself in front of his royal court and appeasing King Neptune.

I have crossed both the International Dateline and the Equator at the same time on April 19, 1999... thus making me a "Golden Shellback". This means that I can dish it out to both the slimy Pollywogs and the ordinary Shellbacks if I wish! But alas, I'm no longer able to sail with the mighty US Navy ever again.