|A picture from 2003 showing the remains of Westenschouwen|
An old legend from the 15th century speaks of a town in Zeeland called Westenschouwen, where one of the fisherman had caught a mermaid in his nets. She was taken aboard unwillingly where the fishermen ridiculed her and planned to bring her ashore for everyone to see. A merman rose above the waves and kindly asked the fishermen to free her, for she would surely die outside the water. But as much as he begged them, they were not interested in releasing such a unique catch. The merman followed them into the harbor, but the townsfolk wouldn't listen to him. They answered his call by throwing rocks at him. Furiously, the merman punched the waves to foam. He preached a bad omen over the people of Westenschouwen in the form of a verse and soon the village was cursed.
- Westerschouwen, Westerschouwen,
- het zal je berouwen
- dat je genomen hebt mijn vrouwe!
- Westerschouwen, daarom zul je vergaan.
- Alleen je toren zal blijven staan!
The weather changed for the worse and the harbor silted. The rich became poor and the sands drifted through town, destroying entire buildings in the process. Soon enough, the whole town was covered in sand, and all that was left of Westenschouwen was a lonely little tower, protruding from the sand.
Several villages in Zeeland met the same faith and tell of stories similar to the one of Westenschouwen. So too did the story travel to Koudekerke. Similarly their Plompe Toren was a tower that partially sank beneath the sand. Of course this wasn't where the story originated, but inhabitants do like to believe so. The story of Saeftinghe was almost identical to the story of Westenschouwen, save for the fact that the sea broke through their dykes and sank their city beneath the ocean waves. Other such stories reportedly could be found in Veere, Bath and Reimerswaal.
- ↑ https://www.zeeuwseankers.nl/verhaal/verdronken-havenbuurt-van-westenschouwen-de-zee-neemt-de-zee-geeft
- ↑ https://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westenschouwen
- ↑ https://bhvkleisure.com/nl/vakantie/nederland/zeeland/westenschouwen
- ↑ http://ngw.nl/heraldrywiki/index.php?title=Schouwen-Duiveland
- ↑ Uitgeverij Verba: De mooiste Nederlandse Sagen en Legenden
- ↑ http://www.plompetoren.nl/de-zeemeermin/
- ↑ http://www.golfbrekers.be/het-verdronken-land-van-saeftinghe/
- ↑ https://encyclopedievanzeeland.nl/Verdronken_Geschiedenis