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    Anyone been through one of these "ceremonies" yet, I haven't heard much about them and I know I would, as I'm sure other people would like to hear any stories of the first time you crossed the equator!

  • #2
    There's a picture of Hatchorder after crossing the line somewhere on here

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    • #3
      Not saying, otherwise you lot will know whats coming and that just isnt right...

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      • #4
        Not giving much away - but if your on my Facebook you can find them in my old photos... but I believe cargo ship's are a little less civilised...

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        • #5
          Originally posted by alistairuk View Post
          Not giving much away - but if your on my Facebook you can find them in my old photos... but I believe cargo ship's are a little less civilised...
          Your NOT WRONG!

          IMG_6983.jpg (Click to see bigger)

          My crossing the line ceremony in 1981 with 7 other fellow first trip cadets ....... (I'm on the right!)

          Waste food left in drums for a week, grease, oil, ox blood, foam, rotting palm oil (it stank to high heaven) --- all washed off with fire hoses.

          We got a bollocking for making a mess of the poop deck from the Mate and so we had to clean it all down and paint it on Sunday instead of having a day off!

          Ian
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          • #6
            my cruise ship style crossing the line ceremony punishment consisted of being covered in egg meringue by the entertainers followed by being thrown in the pool which was quite refreshing seeing as we were at the equator.

            Im sure I will have to repeat the ceremony on a regular ship once they see my cruise ship certificate.
            Former TH cadet with experience of cruise ships, buoy tenders, research ships and oil tankers

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            • #7
              Not been across the line yet. Got to about 0? 30' north but that was as close as I came. Don't think I'll mention that I haven't done it when I start my new job. Don't really fancy this being covered in crap nonsense....

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              • #8
                Guys! Come on! Stop giving all the good stuff away! They should be ready to experience it for themselves!
                I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.....

                All posts here represent my own opinion and not that of my employer.

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                • #9
                  meringue is no secret - anyway that David Baboulene gave a lot of it away in his book.
                  Former TH cadet with experience of cruise ships, buoy tenders, research ships and oil tankers

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                  • #10
                    I have a lot of pictures on my facebook of my crossing the line ceremony, and one after that where my job was to "beat" a confession out of people (with eggs of course) They are good fun and on most cargo ships, you get a BBQ after it Lots of grease, galley slops, fire hoses and new haircuts.......... All good fun.

                    The end result of mine in the pic
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                    • #11
                      Been through 3 times... when you're the only British cadet onboard and the only one not to have crossed the line... no-one cares.. man I hated that crew...

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                      • #12
                        @martyboy - when are you going to up date your deck cadet status to CoC:OOW?
                        Former TH cadet with experience of cruise ships, buoy tenders, research ships and oil tankers

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                        • #13
                          I've crossed the Greenwich Meridian about a gazillion times but not even been close to the equator!

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                          • #14
                            When I get my written exam results back Chris :P

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                            • #15
                              Did you do July? Colleges have the results. Tense is not the word!
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