Following the Equator: Chapter IV

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Following the Equator: Chapter IV
Leaving Honolulu—Flying-fish—Approaching the Equator—Why the Ship Went Slow—The Front Yard of the Ship—Crossing the Equator—Horse Billiards or Shovel Board—The Waterbury Watch—Washing Decks—Ship Painters—The Great Meridian—The Loss of a Day—A Babe without a Birthday
 
 
 

Text and images from The Oxford Mark Twain and The Gutenberg Project.
Locations and dates for the most part are from Mark Twain Day By Day, a massive work by David Fears
(See notes marked MTDBD).

 

At sea en route from Honolulu to Fiji, the ship crosses the equator near the International Date Line. This has both physical and spiritual repercussions. The passengers and ship's officers play Horse Billiards (Shuffleboard or Shovel Board).

 

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