Hello Fox's.I'm a junk junkie - garage sales, thrift stores, auctions, etc. I often find family heirlooms & when I do I buy them if I can & try to reunite them with kin.
Last wknd I attended an auction & came home with a framed 16x20 certificate of "Imperivm Neptvni Regis".
To all sailors wherever ye may be: and to all Mermaids, Whales, Sea Serpents, Porpoises, Sharks, Dolphins, Eels, Skates, Suckers, Crobs, Lobsters and all other Living Things of the Sea GREETING:
Know ye: That on this 21st day of July, 1941, in Latitude 00000 and Longitude 165°50'W there appeared within Our Royal Domain the U.S.S. SaltLake City bound S.W. for the Equator and for "The South Seas".
BE IT REMEMBERED That the said Vessel and Officers and Crew thereof have been inspected and passed on by OUrself and Our Royal Staff AND BE IT KNOWN: By all ye Sailors, Marines, Land Lubbers, and others who may be honored by his presence that
Bourbon B. Fox, United States Navy
having been found worth to be numbered as one of our Trusty Shellbacks he has been duly initiated in to the SOLEMN MESTERIES OF THE ANCIENT ORDER OF THE DEEP
Be It Further Understood: That by virtue of the power invested in me I do hereby command all my subjects to show due honor and respect to him wherever he may by DISOBEY THIS ORDER UNDER PENALTY OF OUR ROYAL DISPLEASURE Given under our hand and seal this 21st day of July, 1941.
Signed: Davey Jones, His Majesty's Scribe Signed: Neptunus Rex, Ruler of the Raging Main By His Servant (*looks like*) E. M ZACHARIAS, Commanding Captain U.S.N.
If this man is your family & you would like to have this document - please let me know.