19 The Sea Serpent
19 Sea Serpent
The first sightings of the Gloucester Sea Serpent date from 1638. In 1817 hundreds more sightings were reported of the 40-foot, or 70-foot or even 100-foot creature. The New England Linnean Society of Boston commissioned a local Justice of the Peace to record the testimony of the witnesses and collect evidence. Newspapers had a field day with reports of the chocolate colored creature circling boats and sunning itself on the beach of Ten Pound Island. Sightings were again reported in 1884 and most recently, in 1975.

“A Sea-Serpent or Snake, that lay quoiled up like a Cable upon a Rock at Cape-Ann” wrote Josselyn in An Account of Two Voyages to New England Made During the Years 1638–1663. Go to Cape Ann Museum Archives for further sightings of your own.

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The Sea Serpent Polka

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 Maurice Strakosch, 1850

A jolly American polka from 1850 inspired by the mass sightings of an enormous sea serpent off the north shore Massachusetts towns of Gloucester and Nahant between 1817-19

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 Sea Serpent image adapted from Cape Ann Museum; Map by Marie Litterer showing East Coast, Gulf of Maine, and major fishing banks, courtesy The Great New England Sea Serpent by J.P.O’NeilS