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It was 30 December 1899 ...

The passenger steamer SS Warrimoo was quietly knifing its way through the waters of the mid-Pacific on its way from Vancouver to Australia.

The navigator had just finished working out a star fix and brought the master, Captain John Phillips, the result ... the Warrimoo’s position was latitude 0 degrees x 31 minutes north and longitude 179 degrees x 30 minutes west. “Know what this means?” First Mate Payton broke in, “we’re only a few miles from the intersection of the Equator and the International Date Line”.

Captain Phillips was prankish enough to take full advantage of the opportunity for achieving the navigational freak of a lifetime. He called his navigators to the bridge to check and double check the ship’s position. He changed course slightly so as to bear directly on his mark. Then he adjusted the engine speed. The calm weather and clear night worked in his favour.

At midnight the “Warrimoo” lay on the Equator at exactly the point where it crossed the International Date Line.

The consequences of this bizarre position were many. The forward part of the ship was in the Southern Hemisphere and the middle of summer. The stern was in the Northern Hemisphere and in the middle of winter. The date in the aft part of the ship was 30 December 1899. Forward it was 1 January 1900.

This ship was therefore not only in two different days, two different months, two different seasons and two different years … but in two
different centuries — all at the same time.
 

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Good story, Harry, but I strongly doubt that navigation was that precise in 1899...
 

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This ship was therefore not only in two different days, two different months, two different seasons and two different years … but in two
different centuries — all at the same time.
I feel like that a lot...
 

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Fascinating! Is this a true story or a hypothetical exercise?

But wouldn't the date have to have been Dec 31st, not the 30th? If it was the 30th, with a SW heading the stern, being east of the Intl Date Line would have still been in Dec 30th, not 31st. Isn't that so?
 

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I wonder how many crashes there were to do the same thing in 1999...tee,hee...
 

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Captain Philips began his detour on Dec. 30, but when he reached his destination it was midnight, 12:00 AM so it was Dec. 31, 1899/Jan 1 1900 as described.
 

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Found the answer. " If the Date Line is crossed just as midnight strikes, December 31 never really happens. The date immediately jumps to January 1."
 

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Found the answer. " If the Date Line is crossed just as midnight strikes, December 31 never really happens. The date immediately jumps to January 1."
talk about missing/loosing a day...
 

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