Neptune As Defendant

By W. Senior, published June 1914


Mr. C. W. Maw, a new cadet, refused to participate in a crossing the line ceremony on his passage to India aboard the East India Company ship, Scaleby Castle in 1801. In addition to a private infirmity, he did not want to submit to a crew who he described a mostly “orientals”. On deck he was provocative but eventually retreated. Dragged from his fortified cabin the crew forced him to participate in the ceremony. The captain and several mates had withdrawn to their cabins. Maw brought action against members of the crew. The trial(s) is detailed and reference is made to case law on the subject. There is a very abbreviated history of the Ceremony.

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Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Indian Ocean | East India Company
Subjects include: Administration

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