Harris Cotter, radarman third class (RD3) who served
on the York County LST-1175 during the "Solant Amity III" African cruise in 1961. After crossing
the equator, the ship cruised along both the Atlantic and Indian Ocean coasts of Africa and visited
12 ports in 10 countries. These images are from slides taken to Walmart and transfered to a
CD at a very low cost, then mailed to the York's web guy Tim Cook 37 Townsend Place
Athens, OH 45701. We'd Welcome Yours Too!
The first two images shown below are of Capetown, South Africa, but most were taken at sea and the
York practicing beach landings without using causeways. While crossing the equator in
route to Africa, Harris sent
two initiation images of a Pollywogsailor in the
process of becoming a Shellback. Originally, the tradition was created as a test for seasoned
sailors to make sure their new shipmates were capable of handling the rough times at sea, but now,
its just some sort of punishment for the new sailors.
As you slowly move your mouse pointer over the small images below, hopefully you will see the name or
details about the image before selecting the image to view. We would also like to know the name
of the Pollywog sailor shown above.