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"After an epic struggle, which lasted an exhaustive 16 hours, the corpse this over 103-foot long, male animal ascended to the surface of the sea. Seabury prepared a detailed account of the entire incident, which included a complete description of the creature itself and even an aside to his own amazement, claiming it was "the strangest creature I have ever seen in the ocean."
"Seabury described the creature as Brownish-yellow in color and serpentine in shape. Its head was compared to that of an alligator and was measured to be 10-feet long, with jaws that contained 94 teeth each. The teeth each measured approximately 3-inches in length and were extended and recurved, much like those of a snake. Its lower jaws apparently contained seperate bones."
"The animal did not have flippers, but bore four webbed, paw-like protrusions, not unlike a reptile. That having been said, the creature also displayed some decidedly unreptillian chracteristics, such as a 4-inch thick layer of blubber and a pair of whale-like blowholes. The animal was also said to have air breathing lungs, though one was appreciably (3-feet) larger than the other."
"After all of the necessary details were chronicled, the captain - realizing that his ship could not possibly bear the weight of such a carcass - ordered the crew to cut the creature loose, but not before he had his crew hacked off the animal's monsterous head as evidence of their unique encounter. After being decapitated, the animal's head was supposed preserved in a large, pine box."
On Feburary 6, of the same year, the Monongahela encountered a brig known as the Rebecca Sims, which was journeying to Bridgeport. The ever savvy Seabury passed a written account of his ship's encounter with the sea monster on to the master of the Rebecca Sims, one Captain Gavitt.
"Gavitt pledged to the pass the information on through Bridgeport's post office when his brig arrived. It must be assumed that Captain Gavitt kept his word, for a number of newspaper reports of Monongahela's encounter appeared throughout Europe, including an article in the London Times, dated March 10, 1852. "
"In addition, Edwards had learned that many years after Seabury's account had hit the headlines, the name board of the Monongahela had been discovered on the shore of Umnak Island in the Aleutians. So what had happened to the ship? As no other trace of it has apparently been found , if the incident was indeed genuine did some catastrophe occur during its continuing voyage that consigned the Monongahela and its entire crew to the bottom of the sea--thereby returning its unique cryptozoological cargo from whence it came
Originally posted by Majestic 12
EDIT: I also find it wierd that only the name board was recovered, could someone be involved in covering up this wreck? Since no other trace of it has been found.
[edit on 15-7-2006 by Majestic 12]
We have Times Digital Archive 1785-1985, as well as hard copies of The Times. We also have The Times on microfilm.
We can supply the Times for the required date at the price of either £29.95 rolled in tissue and sent in a strong presentation tube, or (other options, etc.)
This is the reference and the headline for the article you might be referring to:
The Times, Wednesday, Mar 10, 1852; pg. 8; Issue 21059; col A
Capture Of The Sea Serpent.
This information comes from The Times Digital Archive. Unfortunately, it doesn't allow us to email the actual text.
The article is signed off by Charles Seabury, Master, Whale Ship Monongahela, of New Bedford. It is originally from the New York Tribune ?Feb 6.
Originally posted by Nicotine1982
It would be neat to recover the skull, and it would make the story a great deal more believable, but there would be no proof that the beast was alive when they caught it. They could easily found the skull of a dinosaur and spread the story to the other ship in order to build publicity for when they arrived.