RE: NANFA-- Mermaids in Seattle/off-topic

Hoover, Jan J ERDC-EL-MS (
Wed, 4 Apr 2001 10:57:40 -0500

Give the man a prize! John Smith did indeed report seeing (and nearly
falling in love with) a beautiful mermaid. I do not know about Ponce de
Leon, but there is another well-known navigator who reported that two named
members of his crew saw a mermaid in North American waters.

-----Original Message-----
From: Bruce Stallsmith
Sent: Wednesday, April 04, 2001 10:44 AM
Subject: Re: NANFA-- Mermaids in Seattle/off-topic

>Mermaid Trivia Question - Columbus reported a mermaid sighting that
>was a manatee. Do you know of any other famous North American explorers
>reported close-up encounters with mermaids ?
Did John Smith have mermaid sightings around the Virginia colony around
1610? And I think I remember hearing of Ponce de Leon's mermaid sightings in

Florida waters on his way to looking for the Fountain of Youth.

--Bruce Stallsmith
Huntsville, AL


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