"Our voyage from Cardenas to Cape Hatteras was uneventful. We passed that point on the morning of the 14th, and we were more than half the way to Cape Henry when we sighted a strange disturbance in the ocean. It was my watch, and there were several men on deck at the time. We thought at first that it was a whale, but as it did not 'blow' we concluded that it was a large shark, although some of the men who were watching it said that it was too large for a shark. The thing, whatever it was, came nearer and nearer, as if charging for the vessel, and we began to get a little excited. We noticed also, as it came within a reasonable distance, that the things head was raised out of the water. It came nearer and nearer, leaving a long, wide wake behind it, and stirring up the water into foam like the paddles of a river steamer. It passed the schooner within less than 250 yards, and we had a full view. We were so much interested that I forgot to call the Captain, who was below asleep, but all of the watch saw the thing as plainly as I can see the schooner in the next dock. It was a sea serpent and no mistake. We could only measure its size by the line made in the water, but I should say that it was fully 90 feet long, with a head as large and something like the shape of a horse’s head. The most remarkable thing about it was the color and size of its eyes. They were of a bright saffron hue, and half as big as a man's hand. It held its head above the water all the time we saw it, which was about half an hour, when it passed out of sight in a southerly direction. We were at the time in latitude 35 degrees 40", and it was a clear day. We could have not been mistaken."
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