How to turn a pollywog in to a shellback.
On the 5th April we crossed the Equator on the way to Bangkok.
Many passengers had not crossed the ‘line’ before, so according to tradition they are Pollwogs. A ceremony was required to satisfy King Neptune and turn them in to Shellbacks. Fortunately I had crossed the line while at sea and Maureen has a certificate stating that she crossed the line when flying in a B 707 in the 1960’s, so we were Shelbacks and in the audience.
Neptune and his wife’s throne.
Jelly, cream, spaghetti and other slippery food waiting for the Pollywogs.
Not all of us have a point and click camera.
Neptune and his wife arrives.
Courtier opens the ceremony.
Each Pollywog kisses a fish in respect of the sea. (I am not sure what kind of fish was used, but it was a large one).
Various coloured food was thrown at the Pollywogs.
The heat on deck grew too much for these two Shellbacks, so we went for lunch in the air conditioned restaurant..