Friday, September 3, 2010

Lake Erie Sea Serpent!


Sunday Morning July 17, 1892

Page 1, column 1




Said to Have Been Seen Disporting

Itself in Lake Erie.

Toledo, July 16. -- Early Wednesday morning,

while the schooner Madeline, on its way

from Buffalo to this city , was passing “the

Dummy” about 150 miles east of here in Lake

Erie, Capt. Patrick Woods saw about half a

mile ahead the waters of the lake lashed into

foam. Drawing near, to the surprise of the

Captain and all on board, a huge sea serpent,

wrestling about in the waters as if fighting

with an unseen enemy, was seen. It soon

quieted down, and lay its full length

on the surface of the water. Capt.

Woods estimates that the serpent was

about 50 feet in length, and not

less than four feet in circumference of body.

Its head projected from the water about four

feet. He says it was a terrible looking abject.

It had viciously sparkling eyes and a large

head. Fins were plainly seen, seemingly

sufficiently large to assist the snake in propelling

itself through the water. The body was dark

brown in color, which was uniform all along.

As the vessel passed on its course the serpent

was seen disporting itself in the lake. At the

time the lake was calm, and there could have

been no mistake in recognizing the object.

-Original article from the microfilm records at,

Buffalo & Erie County Public Library
Central Library
1 Lafayette Square
Buffalo, NY  14203

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