The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), July 1, 1833

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The American Sea Serpent in Lake Ontario. -

Our office has been favored with a visit from Captain Abijah Kellogg of the schooner Polythermus, of Sacket's arrived this morning from Rochester.

This gentleman has related to us such a tale of wonder, a tale so incredible, that we scruple some, as the Yankees say it, laying his narration before our readers, lest they might think it but the creation of your imagination.

Capt. Kellogg states:-yesterday evening (June 15th) about 7 o'clock, as he was making for Kingston harbor, the "Ducks" bearing N. by W. distant two miles, he saw something lying still on the weather bow that looked like the mast of a vessel. Observing it more attentively, he was surprised and alarmed to see it in motion, and steering towards the schooner. - Singing out to his hands to take care of themselves, he put the schooner up to the wind, lashed the helm a lee, and run up the main rigging, waiting for the monster to approach. The serpent for it was no other than an immense snake, neared the vessel fast and passed immediately under her stern, taking no notice whatever of the schooner or those on board, but affording to every body an ample opportunity to observe and note his monstrous dimensions.

In length he was about 175 feet, of a dark blue color, spotted with brown; towards either end he tapered off, but about the middle his body was of the circumference of a flour barrel, his head was peculiarly small and could not well be distinguished but from the direction in which he moved. He swam with an undulating movement, keeping the best part of his body under water, but occasionally showing his entire length. he was in sight full fifteen minutes and when last seen was making the best of his way down the St. Lawrence. On board the schooner were two young men, the vessel's crew, together with three passengers, who are willing to be qualified to the truth of what has been here stated (British Whig).

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), July 1, 1833