Sunday, April 30, 2006

Nessie and Ogopogo

As regards the stories that even predate the Internet, telling of huge underground tunnels connecting all of the mysterious 'monster' lakes of the world, this true tale may be of interest: Angus “Blackie” MacAdder was the water speed record holder for 1929, 1930, and 1932. In 1933 his record was broken by Wallace “Stubby” Pequre, out of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA. Angus, and his mechanical engineering team worked like crazy, and in September of 1934 they wheeled out the Haggis/Torque 150. A month later, on October 7, 1934, Angus had his boat rumbling away on the still, dark waters of Loch Ness in Scotland. Loch Ness had been chosen as the speed site because the lake is long and fairly narrow, and there was at the time very little boat traffic. Angus took the Haggis/Torque 150 out to the far end of the speed track, and at the green light began his run. Official reports have his boat doing 45 MPH as he passed the first marker, and still accelerating. “Stubby’s” record was 47.8 MPH, and it looked as if Angus was going to beat it easily. As he neared the second, and final marker, observers along the shore noticed a low, dark shape in the water, right in Angus’s path. There was no way to let Angus know what was ahead, and the Haggis/Torque 150 hit the object at an estimated 49.3 MPH. The boat disintegrated, leaving a thrashing, snake-like thing in the water behind. The thrashing lasted less than thirty seconds, then the object submerged, disappearing into the murky water. Hull fragments, engine parts, and monster chunks were spread out over quite an area, but Angus’s body couldn’t be found. Eight months later it was found on the shore of Okanagan Lake, in British Columbia, Canada, half way around the world from where he had died (Okanagan Lake is the home of Ogopogo). Isn’t that weird? There is actual film footage of Angus’s boat hitting the object in the water on that day so I’m probably not making this up.

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