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Crossing the Line


Crossing the Line Ceremony occurs when a ship crosses the Equator. Every member who crosses the Equator for the first time undergoes an initiation process. It is practised in many navies around the world, including the Royal Navy. Originally the tradition was created as a test for seasoned sailors to ensure their new shipmates were capable of handling long, rough periods at sea. It is a highlight of the ship’s tour and the whole ship’s company turns out to see the Ceremony.

This Gallery shows some of the certificates awarded for completing the induction and more photos of the ceremony itself. Learn more about the ceremony in “Crossing the Line across the Century” in the Navy’s People Section.

Crossing the line certificate
Crossing the Arctic Circle Certificate
Crossing the line certificate
Crossing the Line Certificate of Charles Roe
Crossing the Line Certificate of Frank Miles
Submarine Pioneer Certificate
Crossing the Line Certificate of W Wilson
Crossing the Line Certificate of John Wells