Off to South America travel blog


Another sea day. On our way to Panama.

We love the enrichment lectures they have for us on sea days!! Today was "Theodore Roosevelt, the Panama Canal & New America". Very interesting. Then "The Religious Legacy of the Slave Trade." Very moving. Then last but not least was our resident geologist telling us about the Panama Canal and how it was built and what to expect tomorrow.

The one exciting thing today was that we crossed the equator. There is always a ceremony and you get a certificate:

CROSSING THE EQUATOR 2020

Know all ye seafarers by these present that I, King Neptune, gatekeeper of the equator & ruler of the seven seas doth hereby decree that Douglas and Beverly Brown

In compliance with ye old traditions hath been ceremoniously transformed from Polliwog into the Secret Society of Shellbacks.

On this date January 12th, in the year of our Lord 2020

Aboard the grand shippe M/S Marina.

And so possesses my blessing and protection to travel freely the Seven Seas and to pass the Equator un-accosted as long as ye shall remain on this earth!

This is actually a century-old seafaring tradition. Originally, the tradition was created by seasoned sailors as a test of new shipmates to ensure they were capable of handling long, arduous times at sea. Sailors who have already crossed the equator are call (Trusty) Shellbacks, or Sons of Neptune, while those who have not crossed are call (Slimy) Pollywogs or Wogs. Minor physical assaults were the norm but now are prohibited.

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