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  1. 1. been there on a ship?

    • Shellback
    • Golden Dragon
    • Golden Shellback
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    • Blue Nose


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JPAM   

have you crossed any of these lines? let's hear your stories. :piratebo5:

 

a Shellback  has crossed the Equator on a ship 

Golden Shellback has crossed the point where the Equator crosses the International Date Line on a ship

Golden Dragon has crossed the International Date Line. on a ship

a Blue Nose has crossed the Arctic Circle on a ship

 
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davyboy   

Jim,I think he's referring to the crossing the Equator ceremony on board a ship. 

 

Dave :dancetl6: 

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Thanks Dave!  I was driving myself crazy (short trip these days) trying to think what those four names had in common with any line--Bearing line, Line of position, Course line, Breeches line, Life line, etc. I think the Equator should properly have been called that or at least 0 deg Latitude as it's not really a line but a reference point for a distance from or to.  The closest I've ever been to it is probably Curaco in the southern Caribbean.

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maturin   

Its all maritime traditions...   line-crossing ceremonies.   Former Navy, Merchant Marines... anyone who has worked aboard ship will know right away.   Shellback (Equator), Golden Dragon (International Date Line), Golden Shellback (intersection of the date line and equator), and Blue Nose (crossed the Arctic Circle).  

 

Unfortunately you can only vote on one...  

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The Shellback for maritime personnel who have crossed the Equator.

The Golden Shellback for maritime personnel who have crossed the point where the Equator crosses the International Date Line.

The Domain of the Golden Dragon for maritime personnel who have crossed the International Date Line.

The Order of the Red Nose (Domain of the Penguin) for maritime personnel who have crossed the Antarctic Circle.

The Order of the Blue Nose (Domain of the Polar Bear) for maritime personnel who have crossed the Arctic Circle.

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I spent many years at sea, and only lines I ever heard of were equator & int. date line, but none of the names given above apart from Shellback and Blue Nose!

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JPAM   

sorry guys, i should have made it more clear. and i forgot to put Red Nose. (the thing did not give me an option to let ppl vote more than once) 

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On 7/7/2017 at 1:36 PM, JPAM said:

sorry guys, i should have made it more clear. and i forgot to put Red Nose. (the thing did not give me an option to let ppl vote more than once) 

Well, that;s kind of worthless if you can only check 1.  How are we salty dogs supposed to show off?

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Kevin   

I may have passed most of those lines quite a few times lines with and without ceremony having served in the RN for 30+ years, but sorry I have never heard it being called that

 

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On ‎7‎/‎8‎/‎2017 at 11:44 PM, Kevin said:

I may have passed most of those lines quite a few times lines with and without ceremony having served in the RN for 30+ years, but sorry I have never heard it being called that

 

Are you saying that you were in the Royal Navy for 30 years, don't remember crossing the equator?  Or don't remember it being called "Shellback"

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Kevin   
12 minutes ago, Chuck Seiler said:

Are you saying that you were in the Royal Navy for 30 years, don't remember crossing the equator?  Or don't remember it being called "Shellback"

Shelback, but then again I never found the fascination in celebration crossing anything

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Aw, C'mon!  I thought you guys were all about tradition.  Wasn't it fun crawling thru the garbage chute and kissing King Neptune's belly? :cheers:

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CDR_Ret   

The voting tool needs to allow more than one choice. I have the privilege of completing three of them.

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I've crossed the Arctic Circle numerous times aboard the Canadian Coast Guard ships George R. Pearkes (1989) and Sir Wilfrid Laurier (1997-2003). Fun times!

 

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Cathead   

I've crossed the Arctic Circle, but only by land. Fun question, though, does it count if you cross the Arctic Circle by river craft, such as on the Yukon River in Alaska?

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