The Great Sea Serpent
Thomas Carey U James Clavers U Dennis Corcoran U John Swabster U Thomas Cheeks U
Monstrosities, Controversy, Observation, Amateurism
Three letters from members of the crew of hms Daedalus testifying to the appearance of the 'Kraken'. Written apparently by semi-literate seamen, the letters discuss the circumstances surrounding the appearance of the serpent. Thomas Carey describes the serpent as a beast with 'an 'ead with firy eyes', which 'reared itself up and snorted three times distinctly, gashing its teeth, which a middle-sized man might ave stood uprite in the mouth thereof'.
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