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Thursday, April 03, 2008

The Trickey Bible

A 1793 Bible held by the Old York Historical Society is said to have belonged to pirate William Trickey, who lived between the towns of Kittery and York.
The devil was so impressed by Trickey's misdeeds in life that he condemned him to haunt Brave Boat Harbor for eternity. He was furthermore cursed to bind and haul sand with a rope. Supposedly one can still hear the salty old pirate screaming amidst the winds of a storm, "More rope! More sand! More rope! More sand!" The looming figure of Trickey may even appear, ever growing until the storm finally abates.

The Bible itself is also purported to be cursed, refusing to open — snapping shut with great force when finally pried open by inquiring hands. [Link]
Despite the legend, the Bible reportedly opens a bit too easily, and "seems to favor the Proverbs."


At 11:48 PM, April 04, 2008, Blogger Michelle Souliere said...

Chris! Would you be interested in crossposting on Strange Maine with this? :) It's right up our alley! Mmm... pirates, devils, weird books -- yum!


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