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Crossing-the-Line

Crossing-the-Line, in no other way is naval tradition seen more visibly than in the "Crossing the Line" ceremony held on board ships as they cross the equator.  For two-thirds of the crews of the Great White Fleet, this would be their first time and would require initiation into the Realm of Neptune.  As they approached…
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Straits of Magellan

The Strait of Magellan has always be considered a dangerous passage to navigate.  It is that tail at the end of South America in southern Chile mainland South America to the north and Tierra del Fuego to the south.  The transition between the Atlantic and the Pacific.  The winds and currents are unpredictable and portions…
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The Storm in the South China Sea

Between their visits to different ports they had to deal with the seas.  Twice during the second leg of the cruise the fleet encountered rough weather, once just prior to entering Auckland, and the second time before arriving in Yokohama on October 12th and 13th, 1908.  This was a typhoon that sailors talked about for…
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The Messina Earthquake

On December 28th, 1908 Messina, a city in the south of Italy on Sicily experienced a 7.1 magnitude earthquake.  The city was almost completely destroyed.  Between 75,000 and 200,000 lives were lost.  The earthquake almost levelled Messina with at least 91% of the structures destroyed or irreparably damaged.  It was the most destructive earthquake to…
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