Shellback initiation rites of U.S. Navy sailors being performed on USS Marblehead (CL-12).
French Indo China Date:1939 Duration:7 min 21 sec Sound:NO SOUND
Initiations rites commemorating sailors' first crossing of the equator( Shellback initiation) being held aboard the USS Marblehead CL-12 off the French Indo-China coast. U.S. Navy sailors dressed in aviator uniforms look through their binoculars standing at the bow of the cruiser. The shellbacks ( sailors who have crossed equator), many dressed in costumes, beat up the stripped pollywogs (sailor's who haven't crossed equator) with wet boards and ropes. Scenes of the stern section of the USS Marblehead. Pollywog sailors pushed into tank of water and black oil. Initiation rite being performed on the deck. Sailors pretend to cut a pollywog with a saw and then let him go as he moves through the initiation rites.
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