What Pegman Saw: The Great Inland Sea

Image by Domenic Perre on Google Maps: Loxton

‘Ain’t no sea inland, big nor small. I told him, but he didn’t listen to me.’

No, he’d seen the way the rivers ran westward. But why westward when the sea lay to east? To Captain Charles Sturt the answer was simple. The rivers must disgorge in a Great Inland Sea. And so, equipped for an expedition through hostile country, supplies all carried in a double-prowed boat, he made his journey, summer of 29-30, westward, ever westward.

‘But he didn’t find no sea?’

‘Nah. But he might’ve done if there’d not been a drought that season. Bogs up, up there; floods and does. But he did discover where all those westward rivers run. Into the Murray and out to sea.’


Wordcount 120

Written for What Pegman Saw: Loxton, Australia

About crispina kemp

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41 Responses to What Pegman Saw: The Great Inland Sea

  1. Lynn Love says:

    Ooh, this was very tasty. Loved the voices, those casual chatters that happen between folk, just ‘chopsing’ as we used to say. Felt true and right. love the idea of an inland sea (is that a real thing there? Feels like it) almost a mirage environment that comes and goes with the seasons. Great stuff

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  2. Jen Goldie says:

    Your story is so poetical. I could see it as a poem. You covered so much in so few words. NICE!

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  3. It was really a nice tale to read. This has a rhythm to it, amazing!😊

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  4. Like always, you have captured their lives so well! It feels as if they are going to pop out this instant and start walking beside me… I loved your story a lot. Hoping to read more! 👏😃

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  5. Brian Bixby says:

    I’m reminded a bit of Yeats talking about Irish folk beliefs. (Yes, that’s a compliment. I do get to them, from time to time.)

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  6. Excellent dialogue. A gruff crowd!

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  7. k rawson says:

    Superb story-telling and great voice. Dang, I want more of this one!

    PS That photo you found is a slice of heaven.

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    • crimsonprose says:

      I thank you. I did have more I could include, but … there’s a word limit! And I agree regards the photo. As soon as I saw it, I knew this was the one. I don’t know whether it’s sunrise or sunset, but to me it said *westward*

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  8. Joy Pixley says:

    Great voices in this one. You really capture that classic character, the explorer driven to go off in search of the magical unknown even though everyone else says he’s crazy (and he might well be). And what a gorgeous image you found, very dramatic!

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  9. Prior... says:

    this was succinct and flavorful – loved the dialect and the idea of the rivers all running into the westward area had a unifying vibe – really could feel the setting here

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  10. Great towing and froing between these characters, like the sea, and the way it dried up at the end was great. Love it when prose and story and character intertwine.

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