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Sailor Twain and the Mermaid of the Hudson Valley

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Bonnie of Frogma fame (who is a bit of a mermaid herself) has alerted us to this mermaid-themed graphic novel.

Sailor Twain tells the story of Captain Twain of the Lorelei, which plies its trade up and down the Hudson valley, while the ship’s owner, a dissolute Frenchman, seduces the wives of the gentry in the owner’s cabin. Captain Twain’s own beloved wife is wasting with some unspecified disease on land, and he works to raise money to send her to specialists. He’s a good man, beset with tragedy, and he has forgotten how to write the poetry he once loved.

And then comes the day when he spies a mermaid clinging to the deck of the Lorelei, gravely wounded. He pulls her from the sea and into his cabin, and everything changes for Sailor Twain. The poetry comes back, and at his request, she never sings for him, never puts him under her siren spell. But still, he is hers.

Out spills a mystery, a story about seduction and duty, mythology and gender, dreams lost and dreams forgotten, and the lure of magic and wonder. Siegel’s illustrations are charcoal drawings that fearlessly mix highly detailed, realistic depictions with cartoons, impressionistic smears, and caricature, and they are moody and grey and dreamlike, the perfect match for the story.

This is a stupendous work, a beautiful and sad and lovely thing. If you don’t believe me, go read it online for free and see for yourself.

Sailor Twain

The Suffolk Merman

There is a curious tale attached to the village of Orford in Suffolk which took place during the reign of King Henry II (1154-1189). Orford Castle (a stronghold against the treacherous Hugh Bigod of Bungay) the strange polygonal keep was then under the care and management of Bartholemew de Glanville a local man, in the service of the crown. The event was actually documented in the “Chronicon Anglicanum” a history of England written by Ralph of Coggeshall a medieval chronicler some forty years after the occurence took place.

One day around 1204AD the local fishermen of Orford caught what they believed to be a merman in their nets. They were extremely surprised when they finally managed to get their catch aboard because there, in the bottom of their boat, was a man staring angrily back at them.
He was described as being naked, but with a hairy body, as having a long straggly beard with an excessively hairy chest. The fishermen took the creature to the castle where Bartholemew de Glanville imprisoned it in the dungeons.

read the rest here

Thanks again to Gavin for the mermaid lore.

A shoal (school?) of mermaids

What do you call a large collection of mermaids?   I’m stumped.   Crowd?  School?  Shoal?  Mob?

Cool pic from FB, thanks to Gavin for the heads-up.

Octomaid

Octo-mermaid hybrid, thanks to Mike Benson for the submission!

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