What Happens to a Sailor the First Time He Crosses the Equator?

Sailors making their first trip across the equator must take part in a special rowdy “first-crossing” ritual.

An older, more experienced sailor acts the part of Neptune, King of the Sea, and directs other sailors in ceremonially dunking each of the first crossers into the water.

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