Objects and Photographs


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"Crossing the Line", SS Stanley Park
"Crossing the Line", SS Stanley Park

David McMillan (right) and a galley boy pose during a December 1944 "crossing the line" ceremony aboard the SS Stanley Park.

Both have been smeared with paint as part of the proceedings. Such treatment of those who had never before crossed the equator is traditionally part of the ceremony carried out in the presence of "King Neptune" and his court, made up of "shellbacks", those who have already crossed the line.

George Metcalf Archival Collection
CWM 19860141-041

Storm Damage, SS Joel R. Poinsett
Rescuing Survivors
HMCS Longueuil Rescues Survivors
Ordinary Seaman Somer Oscar James
Chief Officer Percy Kelly
Officers aboard SS Stanley Park
SS Stanley Park
David McMillan
Officers, SS Stanley Park
"Crossing the Line", SS Stanley Park
Gun Crew at Practice, SS Stanley Park
Gun Crew, SS Stanley Park
Disposing of Ammunition, SS Stanley Park
Towing SS Noranda Park, September 1945
SS Stanley Park's Swimming Pool
Holiday Portrait, SS Stanley Park
On Stanley Park's Flying Bridge
Fireman, SS Stanley Park
HMCS Micmac
HMCS Magnificent and Destroyer
Canadian Ships in Halifax Harbour
HMCS Assiniboine and Sea King Helicopter
HMCS Porte St. Louis and HMCS Porte St. Jean
HMCS Ontario in the Panama Canal