Ship's personnel dressed in various costumes for shellback initiation ceremonies aboard USS Saratoga.
Pacific Ocean Date:1929, January 24 Duration:3 min 7 sec Sound:NO SOUND
Group of ship's personnel aboard USS Saratoga as the ship prepares to cross the equator. Initiation ceremonies at Order of Shellbacks. Personnel dressed in various costumes. Several cartoons drawn on the black boards. Ship's officers and Admirals lined up in whites, watch initiation ceremonies. Initiated shell back personnel, sailors with socks on necks, oil rubbed on them, paint on faces, hair cut off.
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