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Shellback Certificate for Lt. 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. 
Commanding

Published: Wed Dec 03 07:09:30 EST 2014