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    Crossing the Line ceremony on the HMS Hood, the Equator.

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    Bizarre ceremony, on the Equator.

    Full titles read: "CROSSING THE LINE - King Neptune and his consort hold their Court on HMS Hood and carry out traditional ceremony. Altogether 1200 Officers and Men were initiated."

    L/S's of Officers in fancy dress walking on the deck of the Hood. One Officer appears to be dressed as Neptune, he is holding a large fork.

    Intertitle reads: "Rear Admiral Sir W. Cowan Commanding the Squadron having previously crossed the Line - is invested with 'Order of the old Sea Dog" in accordance with ancient custom."

    L/S of Sir W. Cowan (British survivor of the Fashoda incident) kneeling before Neptune and large woman (possibly Mrs Neptune !), who places something around his neck. L/S of Cowan standing up and putting his hat on, other members of the ceremony cheer and clap.

    C/U of Cowan with large woman. Humorous M/S of man with false beard holding a very large stethoscope to a crewman's chest, he then starts hitting the poor man with a mallet! The crewman is then subjected to a haircut and a shave with similarly large implements. L/S of crewman being thrown down ramp into pool of water, he is then set upon by Neptune's helpers.

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    Film ID:
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    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:22:34:00 / 01:25:36:00
    G 916

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