WHALES TAILS LETTERBOX
SO. BURLINGTON, VT
Note: This letterbox is currently believed to be missing (7/1/00).
"They say the sea is cold,
But the sea contains the hottest
blood of all."
- - D. H. Lawrence
This sculpture of two diving humpback whales was commissioned by Randolph
philanthropist David Threlkeld in 1989. Local artist Jim Sardonis has placed
several other creatures, such as the Braintree
Panther, around the Randolph area.
In July, 1999, just a few weeks after this letterbox was hidden, the
sculpture was sold and moved to Technology Park in South Burlington. Shortly
afterwards, the box followed them.
Take Exit 12 off of Interstate 89, just a few miles south of Burlington.
Head north on VT Rte 2A and turn left at the first traffic light onto Marshall
Ave. After 1.5 miles, bear left onto Shunpike Rd. Another 0.2 miles will
bring you to the entrance to Technology Park. Turn left and circle around
the buildings to the designated parking area.
Leaving your car, head across the grassy field towards the Interstate.
There will be a baseball field on your left as you proceed. You will come
to the statue after several hundred yards, at which point you must orient
yourself for the hunt.
Click here for a map.
Your ship is three weeks
out of Randolph, running free with a strong north wind directly behind
her. The weather has been exceptionally fine so far, although the strange
green coloring of the sea has some of the older hands muttering. One point
abaft your larboard beam, the "chin" of the coast's highest peak seems
to resemble a giant hump - an omen of success to come??
"Thar she blows!" cries the lookout. There are two beautiful humpback
whales diving perhaps fifteen fathoms away, just one point off the starboard
bow. They seem strangely familiar.
Suddenly you spot a larger pod behind you in the distance, seven points
abaft the starboard beam. You signal your discovery to the captain, and
at that moment the wind backs from the south. The decision is made: the
captain veers sharply to starboard, leaving the humpbacks behind.
After fourteen fathoms, you discern five small blue waterspouts that
mark the spot.
It may be helpful to keep in mind that mariners divide the compass into
This letterbox is plugged - hidden below a circle of sod. Please be
careful in removing and replacing the plug, so as to keep it intact.
All bearings are magnetic.
Before you set out read the waiver of responsibility
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