Ceremony on board ship for crossing the Equator - Illustration

Dancing, 1880-1889, 19th Century, 19th Century Style, Adult

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Stock illustration ID:173735570
Upload date:July 14, 2013


A terrified victim enduring the traditional “Crossing the Line” ceremony which celebrates a sailor’s first crossing of the Equator. Those who have already ‘crossed the Line’ are known as Shellbacks or Sons of Neptune. These ceremonies usually involve King Neptune and a host of gleeful Shellback minions. They can involve copious amounts of rotten garbage, salt water, mushy fruit and eggs, amongst many other delights such as hair chopping or shaving - which this poor man appears to be anticipating. From “Maritime Discovery and Adventure” published by W & R chambers of London and Edinburgh in 1888. No authors or illustrators are credited in the book.
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