Famous “Crossing the Line” Story

The passenger steamer SS Warrimoo was quietly knifing its way through the waters of the mid-Pacific on its way from Vancouver to Australia . The navigator had just finished working out a star fix and brought the master, Captain John Phillips, the result. Warrimoo’s position was LAT 0º 31′ N and LON 179 30′ W. The date was 31 December 1899. “Know what this means?” First Mate Payton broke in. “We’re only a few miles from the intersection of the Equator and the International Date Line.” Captain Phillips was prankish…

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