Steam Ship Hits Sea Monster
The book that I'm writing is about a young family that runs into some problems while trying to enjoy a vacation on Lake Champlain. The story climaxes as they have a run-in with Champ, the legendary sea monster of the Lake.
There have been many sightings of Champ publicly reported over the last 2 centuries. In my story a young boy is reading a history of Champ so he knows something about where he is visiting for vacation. The book has many of the stories of sightings from people. I'm using real stories that I have come across, but putting them in my own words. The following is one tale of how a boat ran into the sea monster. This story was originally printed in a local news paper, though I haven't found the original yet. The event is posted on many websites across the internet. The best details seem to come from a book called "The Untold Story Of Champ". Here is the story, in my words. I took some license with it, but not much.
There Really Ought To Be Dragons
This week was the 81st anniversary of the "Surgeon's Photograph", a picture of the Loch Ness monster that was published in the Daily Mail on April 21st 1934. The photo was eventually proven to be a fake, but it still inspires people to the idea that the Loch Ness monster could be real! After all, Loch Ness is 24 miles long and up to 1000 feet deep. You'd think something could live there.
Monster In A News Clipping
In April of 2014 my family and I visited the Creation Museum in Petersburg Kentucky. I really enjoy museums. I may not appear to, because the information overload can really tire me out, but I do! My family is one of those who take 2-3 times the suggested length of time to tour a museum. I don't know how they come up with their times, but we're always exploring much longer than they say it will take.
In the front lobby area of the Creation Museum there are a number of displays with old stories of dragon fights. They're filled with fascinating information and observations that many families miss because they're in such a hurry to get into the museum. At the end of the series on dragons was a display with the news article you see here.
Article from the April 26 1890 Tombstone Epitaph
The following news article was pulled from a April 26, 1890 copy of the Tombstone Epitaph, the old west's most famous newspaper.
FOUND IN THE DESERT A STRANGE WINGED MONSTER DISCOVERED AND KILLED ON THE HUACHUCA DESERT
A winged monster, resembling a huge alligator with an extremely elongated tail and an immense pair of wings, was found on the desert between the Whetsone and Huachuca mountains last Sunday by two ranchers who were returning home from the Huachucas. The creature was evidently greatly exhausted by a long flight and when discovered was able to fly but a short distance at a time. After the first shock of wild amazement had passed, the two men, who were on horseback and armed with Winchester rifles, regained sufficient courage to pursue the monster and after an exciting chase of several miles succeeded in getting near enough to open fire with their rifles and wounding it.