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On this day in 1800, the USS Essex became the first vessel from America’s Navy to cross the equator. Did you know that before “crossing the line” you are referred to as a pollywog, and afterward you are called a shellback?

On this day in 1800, the USS Essex became the first vessel from America’s Navy to cross the equator. Did you know that before “crossing the line” you are referred to as a pollywog, and afterward you are called a shellback?

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    👆 they told me about that but we don’t have the initiation anymore
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    Up until recently there was like a week that led up to crossing the equator, and the Shellbacks would get to play pranks...
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