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January 26, 2014 4:47 am  #1

"Stormy Petrels"...a canon reference?

The Sherlock Holmes society closest to where I live is called the "Stormy Petrels." I'm embarrassed to say I don't remember how that's a Sherlock Holmes reference.

The way I learned that the group existed was kind of funny: a theater in town shows classic movies every so often, and they were showing the Hound of the Baskervilles starring Basil Rathbone. On the way inside, I thought I was seeing people wearing deerstalkers and trenchcoats.

Then, before the film started, a theater employee made announcements and asked, "Do we have any Stormy Petrels here tonight?" And applause broke out, acknowledging that they were.


January 26, 2014 6:31 am  #2

Re: "Stormy Petrels"...a canon reference?

In the story The Naval Treaty, when Watson brings Holmes a new case he ironically calls Watson "...a stormy petral of crime." Stormy petrals are small sea birds usually associated with storms. He refers to himself as a stormy petral in The Riegate Squires.


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