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Rings out of Quarters

Content: Informant – “Sailors used to make rings out of quarters. They would set the quarter on a hard surface, standing up on it’s edge. They would tap the edge, rotate the coin, tap the edge, rotate the coin. Then they would drill a hole through the center.” Context: Informant – “I heard this from… Continue Reading »

Shellback Initiation – A Navy Tradition

Item: T: So that’s a- that’s where you crossing- you ride the ship til you’re crossing the equator. Q: Uh-huh. T:  So once you cross the equator you see King Neptune, you have to do the ceremony to become a shellback.  Once you become a shellback, next time, when you cross the equator with the… Continue Reading »

Red Sky at Night, Sailors Delight; Red Sky at Dawn, Sailors Take Warning

Content: Informant – “Red sky at night, sailor’s delight. Red sky at dawn, sailor’s take warning.” Context: Informant: “This is an old sailor’s saying. Sailors are deeply superstitious people. I’m not sure where I heard it from, it’s just always been around. I’m not sure where it comes from. Maybe it’s because the jet streams… Continue Reading »