From John Shovlin:
Barney Banyas reports: The captain pictured with “King Neptune” is Captain Wright.
Vernon Anderson reports: Thursday, August 29, 2007. I just got through going through the pictures of Santa Fe which I enjoyed very much and brought some old memories. I hesitate two tell you but the guy (with the large boobs) crossing the equator photo # 4 is me. That was the longest day of my life. Ha. My name is Vernon Anderson. I am now 82 years old and in pretty good health. The Lord has be good to me.
Whit from Equator 4
This from Don Jackson: Equator #6, #8, #10, #12 and #14: I believe Captain Wright is in each picture. He had changed his hat in #12 which makes me believe he came to the ceremony more than one time. He probably couldn"t leave the pilot house for any extended period of time, hence more than one visit.
Kissing the Royal Babe's Belly
Barney Banyas reports: Under Equator 16, in the lower left corner, the man facing the camera that is to the left of the two people bent over with crosses on, might be Vernon (Rip) Collins.
Is the guy with the funny haircut Andy?
On May 3, 2009, Arnold Harding sent this copy of his father's certificate from the Shellback ceremony. If anybody ever wonders whether he and everybody else on the Santa Fe crossed the equator on September 18, 1943, here's proof.