Above: Clifford's Shellback or Crossing-the-Line certificate commemorates his crossing of the Equatorial line for the first time while
Master-at-Arms on board the tramp steamer
SS Venture. Although the Venture's log books were lost when she was sunk early in World
War II, it is believed that usually outlandish shellback ceremony that marked Clifford's seagoing right of passage took place in the Atlantic
Ocean. It is surmised the Captain Englehorn's plotted route took the Venture to its mysterious destination
"...way west of Sumatra" via the
South Atlantic, Cape Town and the Indian Ocean.
Paper Line-Crossing or "Shellback" Certificate
Approximately 11 Inches by 14 Inches
United States
July, 1931

From the Secret Archives of The Noble & Antediluvian Order of
the Brotherhood of the Purple Fez