There is a small story about the quaint sea side town of Hartlepool, England that I haven’t yet told you. It seems there is a bit of folk lore surrounding this place. According to legend there was a certain French ship sailing of the coast of Hartlepool back near the time of the Napoleonic Wars. This French ship sank taking her entire crew down to a watery grave. There was apparently one loan survivor, not a crew member but a monkey. Captains and officers usually kept cats, monkeys or parrots on board ship as pets and entertainment. This monkey, allegedly wore a French uniform to provide amusement for the crew.
So as the sole survivor floated to shore he was captured. It was quickly decided that he must be a French spy. He was given a quick trial on the beach and hanged. To this day the town of Hartlepool is still known as the town that hung a monkey.
Now local football teams have the monkey for their mascot and there is, or used to be, a local made ale named after the unfortunate primate.
Well, now you know the rest of the story.
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