THE ROYAL HIGH COURT OF THE RAGING MAIN
County of Equartorius
Vale of Atlantiaus
Domain of Neptune Rex
To Whom May Come These Presents:
GREETINGS AND BEWARE
Whereas, the Good Ship HYDRUS, bound Westward for _______________ to sink the Rising Sun, is about to enter our domain; and the aforesaid ship carries a large and slimy cargo of landlubbers, beachcombers, cargo-rats, sea lawyers, lounge-lizards, parlor-dunnigans, plow-deserters, park bench-warmers, chicken-chasers, hay-tossers, chit-signers, sandcrabs, four-flushers, cross-word puzzle bugs, and all other living creatures of land, and last but not least, he-vamps and liberty hounds, falsely masquarading as seamen, of which low scum you are a member having never appeared before us; and
WHEREAS, The Royal Court of the Raging Main has been convened by us on board the good Ship HYDRUS on the 6th day of February, 1945, at Longitude 176°01' W and an inspection of our Naval High Royal Roster shows that it is high time the sad and wandering nautical soul of that much-abused body of yours appeared before the High Tribunal or Neptune; and
BE IT KNOWN, That we hereby summon and command you Vern Klinck now a QM2c, U.S. Navy, to appear before the Royal High Court and Our August Presence on the aforesaid date at such time as may best suit our pleasure, to accept most heartily and with good grace the pains and penalties of the awful tortures that will be inflicted upon you, to be examined as to fitness to become one of our Trusted Shellbacks; if not present you will be given as food for sharks, whales, pollywogs, frogs and all living things of the sea; who will devour your - head, body and soul as a warning to all land-lubbers entering my domain without warning. You are hereby charged as follows:
CHARGE I: In that Vern Klinck now a QM2c USN, has hitherto willfully and maliciously failed to show reverence and allegiance to our Royal person, and is therein and thereby a vile land-lubber and pollywog.
CHARGE II: Failure to give his highness correct data on ship's movements while traveling in his domain.
CHARGE III: Tickeling Royal Baby's feet.
Disobey this Summons Under Pain of our Swift and Terrible Displeasure. Our Vigilance is Ever Wakeful, Our Vengeance is Just and Sure.
Given under our hand and seal:
Attest, for the King.
Scribe. [signed Clancy F. B.]
USS HYDRUS (AKA-28)
Pollywog Watch List:
At 1430 when the word is passed, "Set all Pollywog Watches", the following enlisted men will take their stations as indicated:
|Name||Location of Watch||Uniform|
|Fan the jr OOD. Keep him cool at all times.||1 Bath towel.|
1 Flat hat.
|SCHLAIS||Follow Mr. Pells with ice water||Scivvies & Helmet.|
|SCHMIDT||Follow Chief Morris with fan and cigarettes and matches||Winter clothing.|
|CORBITT||Carry water and cigarettes for McGee||Pea Coat and Jock strap|
|HERFORT||Follow Wolter with fan and ice water||Top coat, long handles, Bare feet.|
|PULLEY||Carry ice water and ash tray for Kerr.||Mattress cover, Helmet.|
|ISHERWOOD||Messenger for Chief Dietz||Peacoat, jock strap, bare feet.|
|Carry butt can for shellbacks||Whites, leggins and neckerchief|
|LAYMAN||Sweep decks in front of Chief Anderson with Fox Tail||Scivvies & rubbers.|
|MARCOUX||Carry ash tray and cigarettes for McColmbs||Bare feet, Top coat|
|Messenger for Kotlanz
Messenger for Mr Furey
|Scivvies & helmet|
Scivvies & helmet
|Singers on forecastle||Foul weather clothing complete|
|MORRIS Matt||Stand watch on Charlie Noble||Whites.|
|After fire room||Pea coats, leggins, Flat hats.|
|Shine boy for all Shellbacks
Shine boy for all shellbacks
|Whites, bare feet.|
|JOHNSON Matt||Asst OOD||White, Flat hat, bare feet.|
|STEWART||Asst OOD Messenger||Long handled scivvies & Dress blue coat.|
|NELSON||Asst Navigator||Bath rope, scandles, gloves.|
|ANTHONY||BM of watch.||Cooks hat, gray shirt, scivvies, Gym shoes & socks|
|Deciding board. Dig up and check all Bitching problems and submit same to jr OOD every 15 minutes for submission to sr OOD for correction||Diapers and bare feet.|
|Fan tail look out
(Each time they hear the voice of a shellback they will bow 3 times and say hail the King, hail the King, hail the King.
|Flathats, Peacoast, Winter pants, Bare feet.|
|KOPZYK||Stands on top of anchor winch in forecastle and passes word from lookout to talker.||Jock strap, Flat hat, Neckerchief|
|CARPENTER||Carry cold drinks and cigarettes for Henderson, CBM||Bath towel, Neckerchief, Scandles.|
|Talker on Forecastle
Talker on Fantail
(Note: The above named men are to remove false teeth before taking over watch)
|Jock strap, Neckerchief, Helmet|
|FRASHER||Assist Mr. Ivins in No 2 stack||Foul weather uniform.|
|ANDERSON StM||Asst BM of watch||Cooks hat, Gray shirt, Scivvies Gym shoes & socks.|