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BioFortean Review, (November 2006, No. 3)

Zaweaksh, The Prince Rupert 1934 Sea-Monster

Craig Heinselman

The creature was about 30-feet long with red flesh, a horse-like head, rough skin, and hair-like appearances. It was found on a beach at Henry Island, just south of Prince Rupert, British Columbia. A “sea-monster” or “sea-serpent” had been found; it baffled a local doctor and spurred newspaper accounts throughout North America, if not the world. The year was 1934 and the Prince Rupert Monster was born.

For a week during late November of 1934, the idea that it was a dead “sea-monster” was alive. Had the mysterious “Cadborosaurus” been found? In a time when the Loch Ness Monster was making headlines, and a region where a history of “sea-serpent” reports originated, the story slowly unfolded.

The brief history of the “Henry Island Stranding” or “Prince Rupert Monster” has appeared in various other reports: a small snippet includes Sea-Monster or Shark? An Analysis of a Supposed Plesiosaur Carcass Netted in 1977( Glen Kuban in Reports of the National Center for Science Education Vol. 17, No 3, 1997) and Mark Chorvinsky’s Gallery of Globsters that appeared on the Strange Magazine website. The intent herein therefore is not to recount this history, but to follow the time-line as the story unfolds and is reported to the continent (if not the world). As you read, remember what it may have been like then, to see such a story unfold and hold one's breath at the possibility of a true “sea-monster.” The articles that follow are the actual newspaper accounts from that time.

Kingsport Times (Tennessee),
11-22-1934
The Centralia (Washington),
11-23-1934
Gettysburg Times (Pennsylvania),
11-24-1934

Spokane Chronicle (Washington),
11-24-1934

Port Arthur News (Texas),
11-25-1934

Ogden Standard Examiner (Utah),
11-27-1934

The News (Maryland),
12-3-1934
Middlesboro Daily News
(Kentucky), 7-29-1935

So, a history of a find, transformed in the course of a week from “sea-monster” to a “basking shark.” Although the event became a declared stranding and misidentification, it did bring out some additional information. Namely, a word that at this time the chronicler herein has not been able to correlate elsewhere. That word, SAWEAKSH or ZAWEAKSH. A name that is outlined in the newspaper accounts as being translated to mean “monster of the sea,” a word applied by the Native Americans of the area for what we today call Caddy or Cadborosaurus.

A piece of history in the British Columbia area, and “sea-serpent” history, but one that does have connections to a more commonly known mystery animal of the area, Cadborosaurus. After all, reading through the entry we are introduced to Hiaschuckalick Cadborosaurus, the 80-foot serpent called Jorda and his 60-foot mate Penda, a truly bizzare family tradition in the waters of British Columbia, and the annals of the newspaper morgues.

Galveston Daily News
(Texas), 11-24-1934

Sources:

  • Centralia Daily Chronicle (Washington), 11-23-1934
  • Charleston Daily Mail (West Virginia), 12-8-1934
  • Chorvinsky, Mark Gallery of Globsters - Internet (http://www.strangemag.com/globhome.html)
  • Fresno Bee (California), 11-23-1934
  • Galveston Daily News (Texas), 11-24-1934
  • Gettysburg Times (Pennsylvania), 11-24-1934
  • Ironwood Daily Globe (Michigan), 12-5-1934
  • Kingsport Times (Tennessee), 11-22-1934
  • Kirk, John – personal communication, 10-30-2006
  • Kuban, Glen, Sea-Monster or Shark? An Analysis of a Supposed Plesiosaur Carcass Netted in 1977,  Reports of the National Center for Science Education Vol. 17, No 3, 1997
  • Middlesboro Daily News (Kentucky), 7-29-1935
  • Ogden Standard Examiner (Utah), 11-27-1934
  • Ogden Standard Examiner (Utah), 11-25-1934
  • Port Arthur News (Texas), 11-25-1934
  • Spokane Chronicle (Washington), 11-24-1934
  • Reno Evening Gazette (Nevada), 11-23-1934
  • Reno Evening Gazette (Nevada), 11-27-1934
  • The News (Maryland), 12-3-1934
  • Ubyssey (Vancouver, BC), 10-20-1933
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