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Ceremony of Ducking and Shaving

Date: 1810
Overall: 76 x 143 mm
Medium: Hand coloured engraving on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Name: Engraving
Object No: 00008961
Place Manufactured:England

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    HistoryThe description of the ceremony in 'An Account of A Voyage to New South Wales' begins: 'We then shaped our course to the Southward, and as we crossed the Equinoctial Line, the ceremony of ducking and shaving was punctually observed: at noon, a hoarse voice hailed the ship, as from the sea..."The ALBERMARLE" "I don't recollect her passing this way before - I shall come on board and examine her." upon which half a dozen most grotesque figures entered the ship...the principal personages were Neptune and Amphitrite, attended by their nymphs and neriads...After receiving a double toll from the captain, it being the first time of the ship's crossing the line, consisting of a half gallon of liquor, and two pounds of sugar, they in turn questioned every person on deck'. Those who could not or would not pay the fine where then ducked three times into the sea from the main yard arm or shaved roughly using filthy water into which they would fall during the struggle.
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    Publisher: Maurice Jones

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