You Do Not Believe It? well It was Seen by Capt.
Stufflebeam and Harry J. Cook
These areexciting days in good old
You do notbelieve it? But listen my children and you will understand. Two good and trueseamen and residents of our own city saw it with their own eyes. We refer toCapt. G. E. Stufflebeam of the S. S. TheodoreRoosevelt and Harry J. Cook,
Dispatch Tells Story
But let theAssociated Press dispatch tell the story:
"We were about four miles off shore," said Capt.
"I ordered two floodlights thrown on the creature and there he was-- wriggling and twisting around and going faster than the ship. We kept it insight for five minutes.
"The passengers on deck cried, `What is it?' but I didn't know nordid H. J. Cook, former steamship line official, who was with me.
"Then itflipped its tail and the creature -- about 60 feet long -- started toward
That's CaptainStufflebeam's story and he said he'll stick to it.Now, is there any doubt in your mind that a sea serpent is roaming
Capt. Stufflebeamcommanded the steamer
The steamerRoosevelt is operated out of
Maybe areporter or two will go along. The captain likes reporters and reporters likehim, and there is nothing a reporter enjoys more than a sea serpent chase on
Contributed by a reader, from a 1934 South Haven paper.
It's hardto tell if this newspaper story is an "in" joke, perhaps to advertisethe cruises, the reporter mocking some unusual event that took place on aprevious trip, or a case of legitimate (albeit light-hearted) reporting.
Occasionallyodd things were seen on
One of the sealions at
Later history would repeatitself. The account below is from the March 15, 1935, Commercial Record:
Capt GeorgeSewers of the tug Reindeer, local fishing boat, and his crew Ray Peel and sonPaul and Roy Hill, brought us yesterday probably the most mythical story of theseason, which was a real honest-to-goodness, live seal swimming in the icywaters of our good old Lake Michigan. Although this seems to be most incrediblewe have no reason to doubt the words of Mr. Sewers and his crew.
Whilereturning from their nets Wednesday noon the seal was sighted following themabout a mile from the harbor and continued to do so until they entered theharbor but there he stopped, turned around and went back out in the lake. Attimes Mr. Sewers said, the seal was only 20 feet from the boat and appeared tobe very tame which adds strength to the possibility that it might be a tameseal from some zoo or circus and also to the fact that at his age Mr. Sewersshould be able to recognize a seal at 20 feet.