International Sea Serpent Reports
SCRAPS FROM THE STATES.
The Hobart Town Courier and Van Diemenís Land Gazette (Tas.)
Date: February 28, 1840
Page Number: 4
The Sea Serpent was seen again yesterday off Fire Island, by a schooner bound in. This is a very singular coincidence. We are told by one who saw the monster, that he is about as long as the British Queen and the Great Western would be, if placed together stem to stern. The monster doubtless intends to try his speed with these two moustrous ships in a race across the Atlantic. It is the only chance he has had worthy his acceptance or powers of competition. And since this is the case we withdraw our bets on the British Queen and back the American Sea Serpent, tail and all.
Fire Island, New York
SS British Queen - Length: 245 ft (75 m)
SS Great Western - Length: 234.91 ft (71.6 m)