The first time a sailor crosses the equator has always been a memorable event, no matter to which navy or merchant shipping line he belongs. The crossing generally involves an appearance by King Neptune, the novice is hazed by experienced crew members, and general merriment ensues. It was no different in the post-Imperial German Navy, as evidenced by this large colored document. It measures 11 ½” x 15 1/4.” A 1914 Iron Cross overlays an anchor in its upper left corner. A German warship (presumably the Emden) occupies the document’s top center. Below it, King Neptune, his queen and two mermaids wait for the ship to cross the equator. Many other colorful oceanic motifs decorate its surface. The date 1 January 1927 is mentioned at the bottom, so the event took place in the Reichsmarine aboard the Emden. It is a handsome, unusual document.