ADVENTURE Day 10 -
Crossing of the Equator
LOS CURSOS DE INGLES
GRATIS PREFERIDOS POR LOS HISPANOHABLANTES
a ship crosses the Equator,
those sailors who have already crossed it must initiate those sailors who have yet
An old and nearly cruel ritual acting to bring sailors together, it also provides
lots of sea stories.
For sailors the world over, crossing the Equator means that the sailor leaves the ranks of the
landlubber (a person who works and lives on land) and becomes a real sailor, ashellback. The cost of the
transformation doesn't come cheap. The pollywog must be beaten, humiliated
and tortured by those that have gone before. Only after a day of
degradation at the hands of the old Shellbacks does the pollywog become a
Shellback too. The
oldest sailor who has crossed the equator
becomes Neptunus Rex and presides over the "ceremonies".
It's all in good fun and the reward is a huge certificate,
signed by the ship's master attesting to the fact
that the sailor is now a Shellback.
OR TURNING POLLYWOGS
this paragraph about the tradition of the Equator Crossing,
and put the verbs in brackets
in the CORRECT VERBAL TENSES.
The Crossing the Line Ceremony issteeped in naval history and
decades when U.S. Navy
passing into the Southern Hemisphere. Those who have crossed the equatorial line on
voyages and have successfully completed the ceremonies earned the title of
honorable shellback. Those who have yet to cross the
larval frog or toad).
Traditionally the festivities begin at sunset the day prior when a skull and
(break) over the
forecastle of the ship as the legendary DavyJones and King Neptunus Rex arrive to query the ship
entering into theirsacred
night before the ship crosses the Equator, Davy Jones appears to greet all
pollywogs, and to read the "Charges" against the pollywogs and issue
the punishment to each pollywog (basically what type of costume (wear)
following morning, how to behave in front of King Neptunus, etc). All pollywogs are
considered guilty by the fact that they are simply unexperienced "pollywogs".
"I am Davy Jones, messenger to his Royal Majesty Neptunus Rex,
Ruler of the
Main. I demand to know what this ship is, what course you (steer)
and by whose authority you dare to trespass within our RoyalDomain",
shouts loudly over the ship's speakers.
The Master of the ship greets KingNeptune
upon his arrival. "A Sailor's welcome to you, King Neptunus. It is agreat
pleasure to have you aboard," he says over public address system forall
hands to hear. "The displeasure is all mine", Neptunus gruffly responds."Your ship is sorely infested with nefarious and slimy pollywogs. A
which my Royal Party
(intend) to correct by (make) them fitShellbacks
for my raging main," Neptune continues.
King Neptunus (invite) to a pollywog talent show createdespecially
for his entertainment. Pollywogs perform short theatrical episodes
songs to entertain King Neptune and ship's honorable shellbacks who are usually dressed
as pirates. Pollywogs must navigate through obstacle courses
(make up) of cargo nets, ropes or greased fenders. Once successfullycompleting
the obstacle course, the pollywogs appear before King Neptunusand
his court to be questioned as to why they should be allowed to be
(satisfy) the Royal Courts questions, thepollywogs
are sent to a cleansing pool where they washed off the pollywog
and emerged honorable shellbacks.
Of course, in commercial cruises things are easier: One of the engineers
on board is usually dressed as a baby. The ceremony culminates by a visit to King Neptune's Royal Court, where
pollywog gets to kiss the "Royal Baby's Belly"!!