The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Democratic Free Press (Detroit, MI), May 13, 1835

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Who has not heard of the enormous serpent or snake of Lake Superior? -- If we mistake not, this frightful monster has been occasionally mentioned by different writers and travellers as inhabiting those mighty waters; nor can we imagine what should now have induced his departure therefrom. But to the facts.

Yesterday between the hours of 5 and 6 P. M. a regular built snake, destitute of all appearance of a mane, and of those phrenological bumps, or bunches which are said to be appurtenant to the old sea serpent -- of slim formation, and apparently not less than 75 feet in length, and in the middle about 5 feet in circumference, or 20 inches in diameter -- floating down the Detroit river, and passing the city, generally with his head elevated 5 to 8 feet, as in an attitude of surveying, alternately, the scenery presented on either shore --sometimes carried along by the current, coiled as if prepared to spring upon his prey, and at other times stretching forward, at full length, as if to exhibit himself for the gratification and astonishment of his beholders - his back of a dark brown color, his sides a deep green, and his belly a dingy white, without fins --with small green but glistening eyes, encircled with red -- at last plunging forward as in sport, and disappearing in the depths of the majestic river -- was not seen.

[from Dave Swayze]

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Democratic Free Press (Detroit, MI), May 13, 1835