Shellback Initiation ceremony aboard U.S. Navy Battleship USS Idaho (BB-42) in the Atlantic Ocean en route to Rio de Janeiro.
Atlantic Ocean Date:1919, July Duration:13 min 45 sec Sound:NO SOUND
Opens with slate that says 'Crossing the Line'. Depicts King Neptune shellback initiation ceremony aboard USS Idaho in the Atlantic Ocean en route to Rio de Janeiro. Slate indicates that President Elect of Brazil de Pessoa was on board. Sailors lie down on the ship deck. The captain welcomes King Neptune's messengers aboard the ship. They inform the captain that King Neptune will visit his ship. King Neptune and Queen Amphitrite are welcomed aboard the ship by the captain. The ship's officers are introduced to the Royal visitors. Queen Amphitrite meets old friends. The Court of King Neptune with sailors dressed in various costumes. The Royal barber shaves and cleans each sailor. The sailors are immersed in Neptune's salty water. View of a certificate awarded to a sailor following his successful initiation.
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