Blue Nose Certificates
For centuries sailors have marked their first crossing of the Arctic Circle. In the Royal Navy there is an elaborate ceremony and certificates are given to recognise the event. The wording on a typical Blue Nose Certificate is often as follows:
All sailors, wherever and whoever ye may be…
Know all ye by these presents that ‘Smudge Smith’ did, on the second day of January, two thousand and eleven, appear in the northernmost reaches of my realm embarked in HMS Royal Ark in latitude 66’33N and in longitude 18’30E, bound for the dark and frosty wastes of the Land of the Midnight Sun and did with our Royal consent enter this Dread Region by crossing the ARCTIC CIRCLE.
By virtue whereof I, NEPTUNUS REX, Ruler of the Raging Main do hereby declare him to be a loyal and trusty salt-lined and brine-encrusted BLUENOSE and do call upon all icebergs, sea lions, narwhals, polar bears, whales, mermaids, and other creatures of the Frigid North to show him due deference and respect.
Disobey under pain of our Royal displeasure.
Ruler of the Raging Main
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