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QUEEN HAS BEEN CHOOSEN


DAY 6
(MY MUM WAS QUEEN FOR THE REST OF THE WEEK AND I WAS HER PRISONER)


Mum and I went upstairs after dinner to join in the festivities. I recognize the “crossing the line” ceremony from the Norway trip back in 2007. As soon as I heard “King Neptune” was looking for a QUEEN, I knew it will be either me or my mum. Sure enough, I saw Jaime, Rogelio, William and “little” Jorge dressed in KING NEPTUNE’S  stooges take my mum away.

 

HAHAHAH I was laughing and saying I knew it!!! I took photos and video of the capture. Then king Neptune wanted prisoners, guess who they captured…..ME and some of the NY peeps we hung out with and all the kids.

CAPTAIN GIVING QUEEN MUM THE KEY

 

My mum was laughing the whole time. she was QUEEN OF THE REST OF THE WEEK. She was handed the “key to the xpedition” to control it whenever she wanted.

 

The prisoners were to do embarrassing tasks to let us free from the KING and QUEEN’S GRASP. Daniel and along lady was told to do the blue footed booty mating ritual. They told cindy to do the dance of the frigate. The kids were told to do the penguin dance. I was told to do the Galapagos snake. AND I DID TOO :)

 

I gave my camera to john from brazil to take photos of the “baptism”.  They we all given a “SHOT OF BLOOD” well, STRAWBERY JUICE.  Afterwards, we were given the “certificate” that we had crossed the equator.

KING POSIDON AND QUEEN GINA :)

 

So for the rest of the week, my mum was called “QUEEN”  :P



Afterwards, we danced to Latin music with the naturalists until 11pm. Tiara, Ken, Cindy, Daniel, William, Rogelio, and me talked and laughed until 1am. Oscar kept on going to back and not coming out for awhile. My mum got fed up waiting for her diet coke that she went behind the bar to help herself. William helped her passing out beers and drinks to everybody. I was so buzzed as well. I did 2 shots of vodka.  We all had a great time. Unfortunately, we all had to go to bed soon. We all had to get up at 7am to start our excurtions…..



THE HISTORY ABOUT “CROSSING THE LINE”


 

The ceremony of Crossing the Line is an initiation rite in the Royal Navy, U.

WE ARE PRISONERS
S. Navy, and other navies which commemorates a sailor's first crossing of the equator. Originally the tradition was created as a test for seasoned sailors to ensure their new shipmates were capable of handling long rough times at sea. Sailors who have already crossed the equator are nicknamed (Trusty) Shellbacks, often referred to as Sons of Neptune; those who have not are nicknamed (Slimy) Pollywogs.

 

The two-day event (evening and day) is a ritual of reversal in which the older and experienced enlisted crew essentially takes over the ship from the officers. Physical assaults in keeping with the 'spirit' of the initiation are tolerated, and even the inexperienced crew is given the opportunity to 'take over'. The transition flows from established order to the controlled 'chaos' of the Pollywog Revolt, the beginnings of re-order in the initiation rite as the fewer but experienced enlisted crew converts the 'Wogs' through physical tests, then back to, and thereby affirming, the pre-established order of officers and enlisted.

DOING THE BOOBY DANCE
Like the old physically- and emotionally-intensive boot camp, the "Crossing the Line" ritual deconstructs then reconstructs the initiates' experience from newbie outsider into the experienced military fraternity.

 

The eve of the equatorial crossing is called Pollywogs' Revolt and, as with many other night-before rituals, is a mild type of reversal of the day to come. 'Wogs' - all of the uninitiated - are allowed to capture and 'interrogate' any shellbacks they can find (eg, tying them up, cracking eggs or pouring aftershave lotion on their heads).

 

After crossing the line, Pollywogs receive subpoenas to appear before King Neptune and his court (usually including his first assistant Davy Jones and her Highness Amphitrite and often various dignitaries, who are all represented by the highest ranking seamen), who officiate at the ceremony, which is often preceded by a Beauty Contest of men dressing up as women, each department of the ship being required to introduce one contestant in swimsuit drag.

QUEEN MUM
Afterwards, some wogs may be "interrogated" by King Nepture and his entourage, and the use of 'truth serum' (hot sauce + after shave + ?) and whole uncooked eggs put in the mouth. During the ceremony, the Pollywogs undergo a number of increasingly disgusting ordeals (wearing clothing inside out and backwards; crawling on hands and knees on nonskid-coated decks; being swatted with short lengths of firehose; being locked in stocks and pillories and pelted with mushy fruit; being locked in a water coffin of salt-water and bright green sea dye (fluorescent sodium salt); crawling through chutes or large tubs of rotting garbage; kissing the Royal Baby's belly coated with axle grease, hair chopping, etc), largely for the entertainment of the Shellbacks.

 

Once the ceremony is complete, a Pollywog receives a certificate declaring his new status. Another rare status is the Golden shellback, a person who has crossed the equator at the 180th meridian (international date line).

EEEEEEEK I THINK AM NEXT
When a ship must cross these lines, the ship's captain will usually intentionally plot a course across the Golden X so that the ship's crew can be initiated into the Golden Shellbacks.

 

A watered-down version of the ceremony, typically featuring King Neptune, is also sometimes carried out for passengers' entertainment on civilian ocean liners and cruise ships.

 

Controversy

 

In the 19th century and earlier, the line-crossing ceremony was quite a brutal event, often involving beating "pollywogs" with boards and wet ropes and sometimes throwing the victims over the side of the ship, dragging the pollywog in the surf from the stern. In more than one instance, sailors were reported to have been killed while participating in a crossing the line ceremony.

ME DOING THE "GALAPAGOS WATER SNAKE"

 

As late as World War II, the line crossing ceremony was still rather rough and involved activities such as the "Devil's Tongue" which would be an electrified piece of metal poked into the sides of those deemed pollywogs. Beatings were often still common, usually with wet firehoses, and several World War II Navy deck logs speak of sailors visiting sickbay after crossing the line.

 

Efforts to curtail the line crossing ceremony did not begin until the 1980s, when several reports of blatant hazing began to circulate regarding the line crossing ceremony and at least one death was attributed to abuse while crossing the line.

 

California Maritime Academy observed the line-crossing until 1989, after which the ceremony was deemed to be hazing, and was forbidden.

THE GANG
The '89 crossing was fairly typical, as it was not realized to be the last one. Pollywogs participated voluntarily, though women midshipmen justifiably observed that they were under social pressure to do the ceremony but were targets of harder abuse.[citation needed] Pollywogs (midshipmen and anyone else who had not crossed) ascended a ladder from the foredeck to the superstructure deck of the ship. There, they crawled down a gauntlet of shellbacks on both sides of a long, heavy canvas runner, about 10 - 12 meters. The shellbacks had prepared 1 meter lengths of canvas/rubber firehose, which they swung hard at the posterior of each pollywog. Pollywogs then ascended a ladder to the boatdeck to slide down a makeshift chute into the baptism of messdeck leavings in sea water in an inflated liferaft back on the superstructure deck. Pollywogs then returned to the foredeck where they were hosed off by firehose and then allowed to kiss, in turn, the belly of the sea-baby, the foot of the sea-hag, and the ring of King Neptune, each personified by shellbacks.
SSSSH IT'S MANNY AND MUM

 

In 1995, a notorious line crossing ceremony took place on an Australian submarine HMAS Onslow. Sailors undergoing the ceremony were physically and verbally abused before being subjected to an act called "sump on the rump", where a dark liquid was daubed over each sailor's anus and genitalia. One sailor was then sexually assaulted with a long stick before all sailors undergoing the ceremony were forced to jump overboard until permitted to climb back aboard the submarine. A videotape of the ceremony was obtained by the Nine Network and aired on Australian television. The television coverage provoked widespread criticism, especially when the videotape showed some of the submarine's officers watching the entire proceedings from the conning tower.

 

Most navies have, since then, instituted regulations which prohibit physical attacks on sailors undergoing the crossing the line ceremony.

THE NATURALISTS AND MUM
In modern times, rather than a dreaded rite of initiation, the line crossing ceremony has become a popular tradition in the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Coast Guard.

 

Line crossing ceremonies are also carried out on many U.S. merchant ships. However, without the oversight of military justice, they can often get out of hand and lead to the abuse and assault which occurred in line crossing ceremonies of the past.

 

Equatorial Baptism

 

Baptism on the line, also called equatorial baptism, is an initiation ritual sometimes performed as a ship crosses the equator, involving water baptism of passengers or crew who have never crossed the equator before. The ceremony is sometimes explained as being an initiation into the court of King Neptune.

MUM IS WORKING THE BAR

 

The ritual is the subject of a painting by Matthew Benedict named The Mariner's Baptism, and of a 1961 book by Henning Henningsen named Crossing the Equator: Sailor's Baptism and other Initiation Rites.

 

Honors

 

A popular patch has also been created for shellbacks, that depicts Neptune battling a sea serpent with his trident.

 

This is the text from a certificate issued on a Royal Navy ship during the Second World War:

 

 A Proclamation

 

Whereas by our Royal Consension, Our Trusty, Well Beloved .

MUM BARTENDING
................... has this day entered Our Domain. We do hereby declare to all whom it may concern that it is Our Royal Will and Pleasure to confer upon him the Freedom of the Seas without undue ceremony. Should he fall overboard, We do command that all Sharks, Dolphins, Whales, Mermaids and other dwellers in the Deep are to abstain from maltreating his person. And we further direct all Sailors, Soldiers, Airmen and others who have not crossed Our Royal Domain, to treat him with the respect due to One of Us. Given under Our Hand at Our Court on board H.M.S. .............. on the Equator in Longitude .....° on this ..... day of ..... in the year .....

(Signed)

Cancer �" High Clerk

Neptune �" Rex

 

This is the text from a certificate issued on a United States Navy ship during the 1960s:

 

Know ye, that .

ME, TIARA, CINDY AND MUM PARTYING
................... on the ..... day of ..... , aboard .............. appeared at the equator at Latitude .....° , Longitude .....° entering into Our Royal Domain, and having been inspected and found worthy by My Royal Staff and was initiated into the Solemn Mysteries of the Ancient Order of the Deep. I command my subjects to Honor and Respect him as one of our Trusty Shellbacks.

 

(Signed)

Davey Jones �" His Royal Scribe

Neptunus Rex �" Ruler of the Raging Main

 

Similar "fraternities" in the navy include:

 

    * The Order of the Blue Nose for sailors who have crossed the Arctic Circle.  *NORWAY 2007*

    * The Order of the Polar Bear for U.S. sailors who have crossed the Arctic Circle. *NORWAY 2007*

    * The Order of the Red Nose for sailors who have crossed the Antarctic Circle.

    * The Order of the Golden Dragon for sailors who have crossed the International Date Line.

    * The Order of the Ditch for sailors who have passed through the Panama Canal.

    * The Order of the Rock for sailors who have transited the Strait of Gibraltar. *GILBRALTAR 2006*

    * The Safari to Suez for sailors who have passed through the Suez Canal.

    * The Royal Diamond Shellback for sailors who cross at 0 0 degrees off the coast of West Africa (where the equator crosses the Prime          Meridian) 

    * The Realm of the Czars for sailors who crossed into the Black Sea.

    * The Order of Magellan for sailors who circumnavigated the Earth.

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QUEEN HAS BEEN CHOOSEN
QUEEN HAS BEEN CHOOSEN
CAPTAIN GIVING QUEEN MUM THE KEY
CAPTAIN GIVING QUEEN MUM THE KEY
KING POSIDON AND QUEEN GINA :)
KING POSIDON AND QUEEN GINA :)
WE ARE PRISONERS
WE ARE PRISONERS
DOING THE BOOBY DANCE
DOING THE BOOBY DANCE
QUEEN MUM
QUEEN MUM
EEEEEEEK I THINK AM NEXT
EEEEEEEK I THINK AM NEXT
ME DOING THE GALAPAGOS WATER SNAK…
ME DOING THE "GALAPAGOS WATER SNA…
THE GANG
THE GANG
SSSSH ITS MANNY AND MUM
SSSSH IT'S MANNY AND MUM
THE NATURALISTS AND MUM
THE NATURALISTS AND MUM
MUM IS WORKING THE BAR
MUM IS WORKING THE BAR
MUM BARTENDING
MUM BARTENDING
ME, TIARA, CINDY AND MUM PARTYING
ME, TIARA, CINDY AND MUM PARTYING
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