Shellback Certificate for Lieutenant Arleigh Burke

Image of shellback certificate for Lieutenant Arleigh Burke.

Image of shellback certificate for Lieutenant Arleigh Burke.

Imperium Neptuni Regis

To all sailors wherever ye may be and to all Mermaids, Whales, Sea Serpents,
Porpoises, Sharks, Dolphins, Eels, Skates, Suckers, Crabs, Lobsters and all other Living Things of the Sea
Greeting: Know Ye: That on this 22nd day of October 1937, in Latituded 00000 and Longitude 81 degree 03'00 [??]
there appeared within Our Royal Domain the USS Craven bound south for the Equator
and for Ecuador.
Be It Remembered
That the said Vessel and Officers and Crew thereof have been inspected and passed on by Ourself and Our Royal Staff
And Be It Known: By all ye Sailors, Marines, Land Lubbers and others who may be honored by his presence that

Lt. A.A. Burke

having been found worthy to be numbered as one of our Trusty Shellbacks he has been duly initiated into the
Solemn Mysteries of the Ancient Order of the Deep
Be It Further Understood: That by virtue of the power invested in me I do hereby command
all my subjects to show due honor and respect to him wherever he may be
Disobey this order under penalty of Our Royal Displeasure
Given under our hand and seal this 22 October 1937

[signed] Jos. W. Kearns
Davy Jones
His Majesty's Scribe

[signed] J.E. Costenbadel
Neptunus Rex
Ruler of the Raging Main
by his servant [signed] Watson O. Bailey, LtCom., U.S.N.