Following the Equator: Chapter IV


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

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).


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).


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