So when exactly did our school newspaper, the Mainsheet, start? Back in 1937, when the school was still a small boarding school, the minute student body united to create the Foghorn, Chadwick’s first news publication. For this year’s 75th anniversary, we would like to commemorate major events in Chadwick’s history as seen through our the eyes of our “ancestors”: the student journalists of the Mainsheet.
In the summer of 1954, a group of Chadwick students and alumni went on an expedition to find a sea snake. They were successful and brought the snake back to share with schools and colleges in the area. It ws the first live sea snake brought into captivity alive.
Blast from the Past is made possible by the contributions of Chadwick Archivist Fran Pullara.
by Woody Hansen
The first live sea serpent in captivity was delivered to the Marineland curator last month by Mr. and Mrs. Hamner. Not the legenday giant, crested reptile of the old salts’ yarns but a 2-foot-long sea snake, the sea serpent was flown from Guayamas, Mexico, to Tijuana, where the Hamners took delivery. This rare and deadly reptile was captured off Baja California by a marine zoological expedition headed by Dan Mulford ’53, the Hamners’ son-in-law, who is a zoology graduate student at Colorado College.
With Dan are his wife Judy Hamner ’56, Billy Hammer ’57, the Hamners’ son, a junior at Yale; Matt Overton, former Chadwick student; and Chadwick sophomores John Muchmore and Bobby Earle.
The expedition, which took off from the Hamners’ campus residence early last month in two jeeps, is based at young Overton’s La Paz cottage. The party cruises from there. It is collecting specimens for Colorado College, Yale University, UCLA, and Marineland. All but the two Chadwick undergraduates are graduate or undergraduate zoology majors at their colleges.
If you should see in the sand of a Mexican or Central American beach a wriggly track suggesting an animated wire had passed that way, the trail may have been made by a sea snake. For, Mrs. Hamner states, the sea snake has a keel-shape belly. Stretched out, the snake topples on its side, so it prefers the sea, to which its family (Hydeophidie) has become adapted.
And what elaborate equipment was used to capture this rare, death-dealing serpent in the open sea? “An oar,” says Mr. Hamner. “They slugged it over the head with an oar while the crittur (sic) was basking (sun snoozing to you) on the surface,” he added.
“But what do you suppose they want to pay us for this unduplicated speciment, after all the expense and trouble of getting it here,” he demanded truculently—
“Only $10— ten measly dollars.”