Strange spectacle on Loch Ness. What was it?

Alex Campbell

Strange spectacle on Loch Ness. What was it? These words were a headline which will forever have great importance in the story of Loch Ness and its elusive monster.

The headline and the article which accompanied it were published in the Inverness Courier on this day, May 2nd, in 1933.

And the reporting of that strange spectacle was to trigger worldwide interest – which remains undiminished today – in what lies within the murky depths of Loch Ness.

The story was actually submitted by Alex Campbell, who was the water bailiff in the village of Fort Augustus, at the western end of Loch Ness. He was also the stringer for local stories and information which he submitted to the Inverness Courier.

And it was Mrs Aldie Mackay and her husband who apparently made the sighting of something strange on Loch Ness on 14th March, 1933.

It was alleged Alex Campbell had enhanced the story of the Mackay’s sighting to convince the Editor to publish it!

But, whatever they saw and however it was interpreted by Alex, it was the tipping point in the fascinating story that has evolved as the great Loch Ness mystery.

The interest in 1933 was also stimulated by other factors, including the King Kong movie, which was sweeping the United States, the Edgar Rice Burroughs’ book “The Land that Time Forgot” (published a few years earlier) and the lasting appeal of Arthur Conan Doyle’s “The Lost World”.

And now, 84 years since that article appeared in the Inverness Courier, the mystery still holds a worldwide fascination.

As for that strange spectacle on Loch Ness. What was it? Perhaps someone else will make the next headlines with a definitive sighting?

It could be you! We’d be pleased to welcome you on a boat trip on Loch Ness. And we’ll happily share more stories about the area and our Nessie!