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golden sheelback

Started by robert biglow. Last reply by James H. Houchin MMC(SW) Retired Oct 5, 2017. 2 Replies

crossing the line

Started by Jeffrey A. Loew. Last reply by Richard Cunningham May 10, 2016. 8 Replies


Started by Kevin Warner. Last reply by John W Sargent May 13, 2013. 1 Reply

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Comment by raymond godino on December 15, 2016 at 1:19am

I entered the shellback in the late 1980's while on the USS Coronado we crossed the line going and coming back to Pearl Harbor, HI. That was my longest deployment of around 10 months. We relieved the USS La Sale while they had to receive a badly needed extended yard period. It was challenging at first but I survived.

Comment by James C Lebow on December 4, 2016 at 6:57am

Crossed the line twice while aboard the USS LaSalle in the Indian Ocean in '73; happened just 27 days apart. Never received a card but still have my certificate. I never did find that damn hotdog in the Royal baby's belly! lol. I found this site while trying to re-find the funniest shellback story I ever read. A vet said in '47 he crossed the line aboard a carrier; there were only 3 wogs aboard so the ceremony was brief. 3 chairs were lined up on the flight deck and the 3 men were brought out naked. As they stood in front of the chairs, a prune was placed on each seat. They had to sit down, clinch their prune in their cheeks, then race across the flight deck. The man that came in last had to eat the 3 prunes used in the race. LOL!!! I still get tears in my eyes. I'm still trying to find that story again because I was too dumb to copy it the 1st time.

Comment by Armando Cisneros on August 16, 2016 at 8:51pm

KNOW ye,that Armando Cisneros on the 25 day if May 1987 aboard the USS MIDWAY appeared at the equator at Longitude 151.59". 01.E thus entering Our Royal Domain, and having been inspected by My Royal Staff, was initiated into the Solemn Mysteries of the Ancient Order of the Deep.  I do Hereby command all Hands to Honor and Respect him as a Trusty Shellback.

Neptuns Rex 

Ruler of the Ranging MAIN

Comment by John W Sargent on August 7, 2016 at 5:46pm

On-board the America CVA 66 (may her rusty bone's sleep in the deep and people who served aboard smile at her memory) on our way to Tonkin Gulf, Poly Wog day a great day for me. They can put on my stone "Here Lies a Shellback". I think that political correctness has killed this very Special day in July 1972.


Comment by Ron Olesen on May 12, 2016 at 3:15pm

We were conducting patrols/recon off the coast of Viet Nam on the USS Razorback (SS394).  We had done many of the usual Westpac ports, but also Pusan, Korea to get heads for the compressor. 

At some point, we rendezvoused with the USS Spinax (SS489) (I had served aboard Spinax in 1964).  We did a sundowner with the Jolly Roger flying.  We had iced down the beer, opened the superstructure to expose the grills and we had a few brews and steaks.  A P3 from the JMSDF flew over with her 100K lights, flashbulbs and photos of 2 submarines tied together in the middle of the puddle, beer cans floating away!!

We then proceeded to Singapore and tied up alongside HMS For the, a British submarine tender.  We had a great time at the British Submariners club.

When we got underway, we proceeded to the Equator, and the initiation!!  Like most traditions in the Navy, not always fun, until it was over.  When all was said and done, we submerged and crossed the equator backward.

Comment by robert bennett on September 26, 2015 at 9:19am

The first time I cross was in 1983 on the USS MIDWAY (CV 41) also known as uss never dock

Comment by Ernest Copenhaver on June 16, 2015 at 3:20pm

Crossed the equator while serving on board the USS Richmond K Turner DLG-20 on 10/27/1972

Comment by Harry Stewart (Pete) Gault on April 30, 2015 at 4:21pm

I crossed the equator twice while in USS Boston (CAG-1).  Pollywog in 1967 and Shellback in 1968. I was a W-1 in 67 and a CWO-2 in 68.  My Master Chief GM Charlie Harkness was the Royal Baby both times.  Huge hairy belly on one of the finest sailors I ever met. 

Comment by Richard C. Cox on April 29, 2015 at 12:11pm

I almost didn't participate, but at the last minute, I did.  Great experience, no fresh water showers only salt water.  I did get to cross a few more times and help initiate more lowly wogs,Bon Homme 2 times, Enterprise 1, Ranger 1, and Connie 1.  Seeing it from both sides was the only way to do it.

Comment by Ronald Eason on April 26, 2015 at 3:31pm

Crossed the line in '78 aboard the USS Hector (AR-7) on the way to Tahiti. 


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