Looking south over Anderson's Bay, Dunedin. - Otago
Witness, 28.5.1913. Copies of picture available from ODT
front office, lower Stuart St, or www.otagoimages.co.nz.
The Sydney correspondent of the New Zealand Herald,
writing of the recently-reported appearance of a strange marine
monster, says: ''The sea serpent has at last turned up in
Australian waters, and was seen, or at least some curious
denizen of the deep was seen, disporting himself by scores of
people aboard the inter-State liner Dimboola during the voyage
of that vessel between Adelaide and Fremantle.''
''The monster was seen by so many people at such close
quarters that it is impossible to dismiss the story of its
appearance as a mere sailor's yarn.''
All the newspapers have, of course, done full justice to the
subject. One account telegraphed from Fremantle yesterday
will suffice:''When the reports of the appearance of the
monster were first made in Fremantle the captain and officers
of the Dimboola were subjected to a good deal of chaff, but
there can be no doubt that something unusual in the way of
sea fish was sighted.
''On Wednesday morning last when the vessel was about
latitude 35deg 29min south and longitude 134 east a shout
from some of the passengers on deck caused the third officer,
who was on watch, to look over the starboard quarter. He was
amazed to see within a distance of less than a quarter of a
mile a school of porpoises and a whale fleeing from a
tremendously large sinuous monster.
''Captain Miller, master of the Dimboola, and the Marconi
operator had their attention drawn to the sight, and they at
once turned their glasses on the remarkable spectacle.
''Captain Miller says the serpent was at least 50ft long, was
of the colour of a brown seal, and had a head between the
size of a whale and a porpoise, and its tail was of the
exaggerated fish variety. It alternately reared its head and
ducked it under the waves.
''Presently the whole contingent of big fish was lost to
view. Captain Miller has made a sketch of what he remembered
of the sight, and he asked others of the passengers to do the
same. It is remarkable how the sketches coincide. The serpent
is revealed in much the same Chinese dragon form as we have
been used to seeing it illustrated in other parts of the
• The Clutha Free Press states that Mr Jas.
Haggitt left Balclutha by Thursday morning's express en route
for London, whence he is said to be proceeding to take
possession of a considerable sum of money left him through
the death of a relative. Mr Haggitt, who is a hard-working
hardy old pioneer, takes his inseparable ''bluey'' with him,
and he expressed his intention of taking it right to London.
The friends of Mr Haggitt will be pleased to hear of his good
fortune. He expects to arrive back in Balclutha about
- ODT, 27.5.1913.