When my maternal grandmother’s brother Ray Rucker died, he left behind a puzzling collection of photos from his time in the Navy. Every time one of them came into my field of vision, I wondered what these sailors in the most powerful Navy in the world -- the defenders of freedom -- were doing in those crazy costumes.
|Neptune Party: The Royal Family|
|The Royal Police|
|The Royal Baby|
|The Pollywogs go head-first into the Royal bath.|
The caption on the photo is hard to read but it says
USS Colorado Neptune Party
|The latest crop of "Shellbacks" in the "royal bath"|
“Line-Crossing Ceremony.” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.
Moore, David. “Pollywog or Shellback: The Navy’s Line Crossing Ceremony Revealed.” Veterans United Network. Veteransunited.com.
“Pollywog to Shellback.” Destroyer Escort Sailors Association. DESA.org. 2011.