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USS Hydrus (AKA-28) Crossing the Line Ceremony


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SUBPOENA

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and
SUMMONS EXTRAORDINARY
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:

NEPTUNE REX

Attest, for the King.

DAVY JONES,
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
LAZORCHAK
KNOPF
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.
TURNER
QUARTERS
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
CAPUANO
BSHARA
Messenger for Kotlanz
Messenger for Mr Furey
Scivvies & helmet
Scivvies & helmet
WILLIAMS
DAVENPORT
HASKINS
GREEN
Singers on forecastle Foul weather clothing complete
MORRIS Matt Stand watch on Charlie Noble Whites.
CURRY
DANDY
After fire room Pea coats, leggins, Flat hats.
HEDRICK
Richardson
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
JONES
HADAD
SMITH
GLOVER
STANDLEY
BADL
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.
GATTS
ALTIERI
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.
CASSIDY
FLAHERTY
CHAFFEE
Talker on Forecastle
Talker on Fantail
Talker Bridge
(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.


Source: Hydrus, USS, ZC files, Navy Department Library.

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