Gloucester's Sea Serpent

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Gloucester's Sea Serpent

Author: Wayne Soini
Publisher: The History Press
Copyright: 2010
Pages: 128
Cover Price: $ 19.99

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In 1817, as Gloucester, Massachusetts, was recovering from the War of 1812, something beneath the water was about to cause a stir in this New England coastal community. It was a misty August day when two women first sighted Gloucester’s sea serpent, touching off a riptide of excitement among residents that reached a climax when Matt Gaffney fired a direct shot at the creature. Local historian Wayne Soini explores the depths of Gloucester harbor to reveal a treasure-trove of details behind this legendary mystery. Follow as he tracks Justice of the Peace Lonson Nash’s careful investigation—the world’s first scientific study of this marine animal—and judges the credibility of numerous reported sightings.

Background Information

Sometimes called the second American war for independence, the War of 1812 was the last battle against foreign troops on American soil. Massachusetts had some of the earliest English colonies in America and was central to the American Revolution.