Atlantic City, NJ Boat Sea Monster Accident Mar 1907
STRUCK SEA MONSTER
Sloop Nearly Wrecked by an Enormous Serpent.
WAS A HUNDRED FEET LONG
Had Head Like a Giant Rhinoceros--Atlantic City Boat Crashed into Side of Great Ocean Animal, Which Followed Vessel for an Hour--Crew in Panic of Fear--Captain Does Not Drink.
Special to The Washington Post.
Atlantic City, N J, Mar 1.--Wild-eyed, their nerves completely shattered, and their boat almost a complete wreck, the crew of the Goldie Budd, a local fishing and pleasure sloop, arrived here tonight with a detail of an encounter with a monster of the deep so enormous in its size and so strange in its actions that not a mothers son of them will express an opinion as to what it actually was That Capt Hyland H. Parker, of the Budd, and the crew passed through some terrible experiences there is no gainsaying, as their physical condition, as well as their boat, testifies.
When six miles off Ocean City, returning from the fishing banks about 2 o'clock this afternoon, the Goldie Budd ran afoul of a marine creature, fully 100 feet long, with a head which the sailors declared resembled nothing so much as that of a giant rhinocerous The sloop crashed into the side of the creature--whale, sea serpent, or whatever it was--with a resultant shock that broke the shaft of the boat's auxilliary engine, unhinged the rudder, and opened her seams so that only by bailing were the crew able to make the nearest harbor, at Great Egg Inlet.
Rudder Broken in Crash.
Said Capt Parker to-night, relating his experience.
"We were sailing along before a stiff east wind, when suddenly, as the boat sank into the trough of a wave, she struck something, then slid off into deep water again The shock threw me from the wheel and brought the frightened men from the cabin pellmell The whell was gone, our rudder broken, and the propeller twisted
"We were taking account of these injuries when one of my men cried out, My God, what is that? and pointed over the stern What I first saw looked like the head of a giant rhinoceros, only its mouth must have been ten feet across. The top of the head was covered with big bumps, and from each of these it would ocasionally spout what looked like water and blood I never saw nor heard of anything like it before, nor never want to again I never took much stock in sea serpents, but this creature was not a whale Its body was black and must have been fully one hundred feet long, tapering toward the tail.
Men in Panic of Fright.
"The thing followed us for nearly an hour My men nearly died of fright as they bailed and helped reset the rudder We must have wounded the fish pretty badly when we struck it, for the water in its wake was bloody Every once in a while it seemed to have a sort of spasm, lashing the water furiously and spouting We were about two miles from shore when the creature sank, and we did not see it again I've been following the sea for nearly fifteen years, and it has been the most eventful day on the water Going out this morning we discovered the wreck of a four-masted vessel, its sails still set, about twelve miles southeast of Ocean City. Boats from the inlet have been traversing this part of the coast every day during the last week, and this wreck was never reported before
Found New Wreck.
"It was not the barge Bala, which sank after Capt Castro tried to save her, last month, for we found the Bala three miles below The other boat seemed to be a new wreck. Its yards were painted yellow and its top mast black It was five miles northwest of here that we encountered the sea serpent this afternoon We got the Goldie Budd into port in Somers Point early this evening, leaking badly, I then brought my men home by train"
Capt Parker is one of the most trustworthy skippers of the Inlet fleet. He is a church member, has never touched a drop of intoxicating liquor in any form, and will not allow it on his yacht. Seen at his home shortly after his return to-night, the captain plainly declared he would take an affidavit to the truth of his assertions, and every member of the crew earnestly made the same declaration The members of the crew are Francis Parker, James Higbee, Norman Higbee, Charles Huntley, Augustus Smith, and Robert Johnson.
The Washington Post, Washington, DC 2 Mar 1907