The mermaid was a species of aquatic being.

George Boatwright claimed that a mermaid was seen by Tom Simms near Henley during the Flood of 1986, when the River Thames had become so swollen that the mermaid was allegedly able to easily navigate up-river from the German Ocean. Simms claimed that he spoke to her and that she had a voice 'sweeter than a chime of bells'. He also claimed that he would 'go off with her' if he saw her again, and later vanished from Boatwright's encampment, leading Boatwright to consider that Simms had acted true to his word.

Audrey Boatwright was sceptical of Simms's claim, suggesting that he was probably drunk and had mistaken a porpoise. George Boatwright, by contrast, considered the story true, and recounted it to Malcolm Polstead in support of an idea that the water, including old water gods such as Father Thames and beings such as the mermaids, were not on the side of the Consistorial Court of Discipline but supportive of those fleeing the Holy Church's dogma.[1]

It is implied that the River Giant was a river god or merman as he held a trident, a weapon commonly associated with magical water people, and had hair tangled with weeds.



  1. La Belle Sauvage, Chapter 19
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