Wednesday, January 25, 2006

10 Degrees North

09 31N x 172 32W The transit is going well and we have just passed 10 degrees north latitude. This will be the furthest south I have yet been. Exciting. I am looking forward to the next two islands and to the Samoan summer after we cross the equator in a few days time.

As a lowly polliwog (one who has not yet crossed the equator) I have just been given my first `task' by the shellbacks (those who have crossed). The memorization of the Polliwog's Pledge begins the `ceremonies' associated with an equator crossing and the initiation into the realm of King Neptune and his Ancient Order of the Deep.