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Swordfish Attacked


August 23, 1909

Swordfish Had Attacked Craft
Sword was Imbedded in Hull of Sch. Hattie A. Heckman

When sch. Hattie A. Heckman, which has been seining, hauled out on Burnham's Railway Saturday afternoon, there was found, sticking in her port side amidships and just under the turn of the bilge, a large swordfish sword, broken off.

The sword was evidently that of a very large fish and had been broken off pretty close to the snout.  It struck out over a foot clear of the wood and the end was imbedded so deep that it had actually penetrated the three inches of hard pine planking

The fish had evidently mistaken the bottom of the vessel for a whale or some marine enemy and with the customary courage of its kind had attacked it immediately with its sword.  The blow must have been a terrific one as the sword went through the planking.  The struggles of the great fish to free himself must have been fierce.

Many visited the craft yesterday to see the strange sight.


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