On Thursday the 9th, as some men were working an old wreck which was laid bare by the lowest neap tide which has occurred for many years, they discovered a sword-fish ta shallow water.
One of the men instantly went into the water to dispatch it, when he found he had caught a tartar, for it charged him most furiously, and would inevitably have run him through with its formidable weapon, had its motions not been checked by a scarcity of water, which circumstance alone enabled the man to evade the charge.
The man and his companions returned to the attack, and succeeded by planting a boat-book so firmly in its body that they were enabled to get it ashore, where its struggles were very violent.
It measured about 8 feet ta length from tip to tip including the sword, which is about feet long.
Source: Stamford Mercury – Friday 17 September 1858