1817Sightings were reported of a sea serpent in Gloucester Harbor.People and Communities, Legends & Lore

Gloucester sea serpent of 1817. Ellis, R. 1994. Monsters of the Sea. Robert Hale Ltd. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:1817_Gloucester_sea_serpent.jpg
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In August 1817, a large snake was spotted by hundreds of people over the course of several days in Gloucester Harbor. Nobody was able to capture or shoot the creature, although there were many attempts. On September 27, 1817, Gorham Norwood of Gloucester killed an unfamiliar snake on the beach and it was brought to the Linnaean Society of Boston for examination where it was determined to be both real and a new species.

Babson, John James, and Samuel Chandler. History of the Town of Gloucester, Cape Anne, Including the Town of Rockport. Gloucester [Mass.] Procter brothers, 1860, http://archive.org/details/historytownglou00changoog Linnaean Society of New England, ed. Report of a Committee of the Linnæan Society of New England, Relative to a Large Marine Animal, Supposed to Be a Serpent, Seen near Cape Ann, Massachusetts, in August 1817. Boston: Cummings and Hilliard, 1817.
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