ANNAPOLIS MARYLAND GAZETTE
THURSDAY MAY 28, 1818
200 YEARS AGO
A GREAT SEA SERPENT
BOSTON, MAY 14
Following is an account of the “Sea Serpent” seen on Saturday last. The
respectabilityof the source, and the annexed certificates , places the matter beyond a doubt.
We think Capt. Woodward has had a greater view of this serpent than was possible
for one to have seen of the serpent seen last summer off Cape Ann.
I , Joseph Woodward, master of the schooner Admant, out of Hingham, on my
passage Penobscot to Hignham, on Saturday last, just after noon at 2 o'clock PM,
Agementicus bearing WNW ten leagues distance , discovered 'something' on the waters
surface, looking to the size of a ships long boat. Supposing it to be a wreck of some vessel,
I made towards it and on approaching it, to my crew and myself surprise , discovered it
to be a monstrous sea serpent, which drew himself into a coil, and darted forward with
amazing velocity. Because of the winds, we needed to stand on another tact to follow him,
and as we did again he drew into a coil as before and came across our bow about sixty feet
Having a gun charged with ball and shot I discharged the contents of it at his head. The ball and shot were distinctly heard to strike him and rebound as if I fired against a rock.
He shook his head and tail terribly, again went into a coil and came towards us with his
mouth wide open. We had charged the gun again and intended to discharge into his mouth,
but being so close I did not fire. He came close, under the bows of the schooner, his head
on one side and tail on the other, and played with us about five hours.
My crew and I have had the best opportunity yet of anyone to view him. I judge him to be twice the length of my schooner, say 130 feet, his head the size of a long boat, say 14 foot. The body below the neck is at least 6 feet diameter, head large in proportion to the body, tail like a squid, the body dark color., his whole appearance was most terrific.
His manner of throwing himself into a coil and placing his tail to throw himself forward with great force, appears to be done with great ease.
Signed at Hingman , May 12, 1818 : JOSEPH WOODWARD
Having read the above statement of Capt. \Woodward, we certify the correctness of it.
Plymouth ss May 12, 1818 Personally appeared JOSEPH WOODWARD, PETER
HOLMES & JOHN MAYO, made oath, the above statement is just and true, before me.
JOTHAM LINCOLN, JR.
Justice of the Peace.
Maryland Gazette, Annapolis, Maryland May 28 1818 by HARRISON H. 2018