On September 11, at 10.30 a.m., fifteen miles [24 km] north-west of North Sand Lighthouse, in the Malacca Straits, the weather being fine and the sea smooth, the captain saw an object which had been pointed out by the third officer as 'a shoal!' Surprised at finding a shoal in such a well-known track, I watched the object, and found that it was in motion, keeping up the same speed with the ship, and retaining about the same distance as first seen. The shape of the creature I would compare to that of a gigantic frog. [Heuvelmans suggested he meant "tadpole".] The head, of a pale yellowish colour, was about twenty feet [6 metres] in length, and six feet [1.8 m] of the crown were above the water. I tried in vain to make out the eyes and mouth; the mouth may, however, have been below water. The head was immediately connected to the body, without any indication of a neck. The body was about forty-five or fifty feet [13.7 - 15.2 m] long, and of an oval shape, perfectly smooth, but there may have been a slight ridge along the spine. The back rose some five feet [1½ m] above the surface. An immense tail, fully one hundred and fifty feet [46 m] in length, rose a few inches above the water. This tail I saw distinctly from its junction with the body to its extremity; it seemed cylindrical, with a very slight taper, and I estimate its diameter at four feet [1.2 m]. The body and tail were marked with alternate bands of stripes, black and pale yellow in colour. The stripes were distinct to the very extremity of the tail. I cannot say whether the tail terminated in a fin or not. The creature possessed no fins or paddles so far as we could perceive. I cannot say if it had legs. It appeared to progress by means of an undulatory motion of the tail in a vertical plain (that is, up and down).
The O.S.S. Co's. steamer Nestor, Captain Webster, from Liverpool with dates to the 3rd ultimo, via Penang arrived alongside Tanjong Pagar wharf this morning, en route to Hongkong and Shanghai............................................Our friend, Mr. Henry Lee of Land and Water, who in his late work has taken so much trouble to enter into and describe the habits and peculiarities of the Sea Serpent, will be glad to hear that the passengers and officers of the S.S. Nestor which arrived here this morning are unanimous in the conclusion, and vouch for the fact, that an extraordinary Sea Serpent was seen by them between Malacca and Penang on their voyage to this Port on Monday about noon. It was about 250 feet [76 m] long, about 50 feet [15 m] broad, square headed, with black and yellow stripes closely resembling a Salamander.
THE SKA MONSTER [sic]To the Editor of the Daily Times.SIR, - In reference to your paragraph in your yesterday's issue relating to our having seen a sea-monster answering to the popular notion of a Sea Serpent, I am prepared to vouch for the correctness of the statement already made to you by the doctor and a passenger by my ship. Being on the bridge at the time (about 10 A.M.) with the first and third officers, we were surprised by the appearance of an extraordinary monster going in our course, at an equal speed with the vessel, at a distance from us of about 600 feet [180 m]. It had a square head, and a dragon black and white striped tail, and an immense body which was quite 50 [15 m] feet broad when the monster raised it. The head was about 12 feet [3.6 m] broad, and appeared to be occasionally at the extreme about 6 ft.[1.8 m] above the water. When the head was placed on a level with the water, the body was extended to its utmost limit to all appearance, and then the body rose out of the water about 2 feet [30 cm], and seemed quite 50 feet [15 m] broad at those times. The long dragon tail with black and white scales, afterwards rose, in an undulating motion in which at one time the head, at another the body, and eventually the tail formed in its turn, a prominent object above the water. The animal, or whatever it may be called, appeared careless of our proximity, and went our course for about six minutes, on our starboard side, and then finally worked round to our port side, and remained in view, to the delight of all on board, for about half an hour.His length was reckoned to be over 200 feet [60 m].JOHN W. WEBSTER,Commander S. S. Nestor.Singapore, 13th September, 1876