|Swearing Fealty to Neptunus Rex!|
What followed, of course, was silly, wet fun as the "Pollywogs", or first-timers in Neptunes Realm, were appropriately dressed and made clean (after first being made quite filthy) before being presented before Neptune Himself to be judged and found either ready or not for their duties and responsibilities as Trusty Shellbacks.
Just fun, but with a purpose. Ever since humans set sail on fragile ships across the world's oceans this ceremony has served as an initiation, not just into the "mysteries of the deep", but into the brotherhood of Mariners. The visit of Neptunus Rex serves to bind a ship's company together, making them not just a group of individuals, but a Crew. And just as in the most ancient of days, the cohesion of a ship's crew can make all the difference when the chips are down.
|The Royal Baby|
To the Initiated, anyway.
|Some People can make ANYTHING look good!|
|Kissing the Belly of the Baby|
|His Majesty's Receiving Line|
|Mariano Robles...A.K.A. Davy Jones|
|The King Surveys His Domain!|
|A Salty Shower|
|Row, Row, Row Yer Boat, Swabbies!|