Calm climate and clear skies at night time made issues simpler. At mid-night the SS Warrimoo lay throughout the Equator at precisely the purpose the place it crossed the Worldwide Date Line.
This resulted within the following:
1. The ahead bow of the ship was within the Southern Hemisphere in the midst of summer season and the strict was within the Northern Hemisphere in the midst of winter.
2. The date within the stern was the 31st of December 1899 and the date within the bow was the first of January 1900.
So the ship was concurrently in two completely different days, two completely different months, two completely different years, two completely different seasons, and two completely different centuries.
However is it true? Presumably.
Contemporaneous reporting in January 1900 signifies that the SS Warrimoo was in the correct space on the proper time for this story to presumably be true.
However the truth that it wasn’t reported till 40+ years latter factors in the direction of skepticism. Different documentation like copies of the ship’s log, contemporaneous reporting of the occasion, and accounts from different Warrimoo crew and passengers would assist confirm the declare, however no such documentation has but been discovered.
After which there’s the truth that even when the Warrimoo‘s crew meant to place the ship in order that it concurrently spanned the equator and one hundred and eightieth meridian exactly at midnight on 31 December 1899, whether or not they might have precisely achieved that given the navigation expertise of the time is an open query.
However let’s not let the pesky info stand in the way in which of story.
For extra data, please go to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_Warrimoo