Shellback Initiation...Crossing the Equator

Uss Bennington CVS-20
Photographed: July, 1968

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While crawling around on the flight deck, the pollywog had to follow the shillelagh being dragged in front of him by the shellback. To insure compliance one or more shellbacks would encourage the pollywog along with wacks across the butt with their shillelagh.