Along the southern coast of England, just west of the English Channel, lies a group of villages between Lands End and Plymouth.
During the 1820’s - 1830’s when ships chanced to wreck as they sailed their way into the Channel, villagers seized the floundering ships, plundered the cargo and killed the survivors. The British Royal Navy warned the villagers to stop. They did not.
Initially the Royal Navy tried to arrest the piracy ringleaders, but it had become a way of life. So, the Royal Navy instituted a policy of arresting all the villagers along this section of coastline; man, woman and child. Each one became known as a Seawolf.
The British Royal Navy’s policy heretofore had been to take the country’s undesirables and/or prisoners to Australia. The Royal Navy sailed annually to Sydney, Melbourne, or Fremantle with passengers from poor houses and prisons.
In the meantime, in 1836 Texas won its independence from Mexico and became a republic. So eager was it to gain its own identity, the new republic welcomed any person of Caucasian appearance, no questions asked.
Word came to England of this new Republic of Texas in North America accepting any white persons. A sail to Texas was one-third the distance of a sail to Australia. The British Navy began diverting their prisoner ships to Galveston, Texas. When the ships unloaded their human cargo in Galveston, the Texas government desired to keep track of the pirates and changed all the names of those known as a Seawolf to a contraction of Seawolf: Self.
Today, the villages located along the southern coast of England have adopted an entirely different moral code. In fact, they are credited with embracing and practicing the “lifeguard tradition”. The people of these villages, even in the roughest weather, man their boats and head out to sea, putting life and limb in jeopardy to save lives aboard ships in distress.
The captain of this sailing vessel Seawolf is
Note: The major artery of Pelican Island of Galveston is Seawolf Boulevard. In no other state is there as large a concentration of the name Self.
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