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A guide to the Crossing the line certificate, 1910 February 10
HDC0034 (SAFR 14028)  
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  • Publication and Use Rights
  • Processing Note
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  • Acquisition Information
  • Historical or Biographical Note
  • Collection Scope and Content
  • Collection Arrangement

  • Title: Crossing the line certificate
    Date: 1910 February 10
    Identifier/Call Number: HDC0034 (SAFR 14028)
    Creator/Collector: Oceanic Steamship Company
    Physical Description: 1 item
    Repository: San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, Historic Documents Department
    Building E, Fort Mason
    San Francisco, CA 94123
    Abstract: The Crossing the line certificate (SAFR 14028, HDC 0034) commemorates an equator crossing, a seafaring milestone. This certificate, dated February 10, 1910, was made out to E. Schwerin while a Mariner aboard the S.S. MARIPOSA (built 1883; steamer), and was issued by the Oceanic Steamship Company-Tahiti Line. The document is affixed with a red wax stamp containing the ship name. The collection is processed and open for use without restrictions.
    Physical Location: San Francisco Maritime NHP, Historic Documents Department
    Language(s): In English.

    Access

    This collection is open for use unless otherwise noted.

    Publication and Use Rights

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    Processing Note

    Note on Description: The descriptions in this collection guide were compiled using the best available sources of information. Such sources include the creator's annotations or descriptions, collection accession files, primary and secondary source material and subject matter experts. While every effort was made to provide accurate information, in the event that you find any errors in this guide please contact the reference staff in order for us to evaulate and make corrections to this guide. P lease cite the title and collection number in any correspondence with our staff.

    Preferred Citation

    [Item description], [Location within collection organization identified by Collection Number/Series Number/File Unit Number/Item Number], HDC0034 (SAFR 14028), Crossing the line certificate, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

    Acquisition Information

    SAFR-00001
    This item was transferred from Golden Gate National Recreation Area to San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.

    Historical or Biographical Note

    Historical Note: Equator crossing rituals have been performed in the Western world for over 400 years. The ceremony is performed aboard the vessel where the landlubber (one learning to sail) is subjected to a ritual death and rebirth in order to gain a new status of Seafarer (seaman or mariner). Landlubbers must prove themselves capable of standing the terrors, stresses and strains of maritime life, and prove they have the courage and strength of character to gracefully accept the rowdy humor encountered in daily shipboard life.

    Collection Scope and Content

    The Crossing the line certificate (SAFR 14028, HDC 0034) commemorates an equator crossing, a seafaring milestone. This certificate, dated February 10, 1910, was made out to E. Schwerin while a Mariner aboard the S.S. MARIPOSA (built 1883; steamer), and was issued by the Oceanic Steamship Company-Tahiti Line. The document is affixed with a red wax stamp containing the ship name. The collection is processed and open for use without restrictions.

    Collection Arrangement

    This collection consists of a single item.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Initiations (into trades, societies, etc.)
    Steamships
    Oceanic Steamship Lines (San Francisco, CA)
    Mariposa (Ship)
    Certificates
    Rites of passage