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|USO Research ~ by Skyfloating ~ Page 001
posted on Feb, 25 2009 @ 08:41 AM link
Unidentified Submerged Objects
or Underwater-UFOs or UFOs leaving water or entering
water are an underreported phenomenon. The purpose of this thread is to
collect and discuss and research the the History and Mystery of USOs.
For starters, I will sift through this comprehensive list
of more than a thousand sightings and collect the
most noteworthy. The criteria for noteworthy? A verifiable source. Give
me a few weeks to sift through the list. If you want to help cherry
the best cases that would be much appreciated!
If there is anyone who should know more about this phenomenon then its the Office of Naval Intelligence.
If anyone here has experience with filing FOIA-Requests you can help out
by sending such a request to ONI. That too would be much appreciated.
Posted on Feb, 25 2009 @ 09:05 AM link
Of the 1000+ accounts and reports that exist
I think I should be able to find about 200 that are noteworthy. I will
post post many of them in the
course of the next weeks for research and discussion. I think the
accounts from times way before we knew anything of UFOs are some of the
From sifting through the very first 10 accounts of that list here is the most interesting:
In 1492 Christopher Columbus reported flickering lights at night hovering above the ocean in the
Bahamas area and made note of it in his journal.
The land was first seen
by a sailor called Rodrigo de Triana, although the Admiral at ten
o'clock that evening standing on the quarter-deck saw a light, but so
small a body that he could not affirm it to be land; calling to Pero
Gutierrez, groom of the King's wardrobe, he told him he saw a light, and
bid him look that way, which he did and saw it; he did the same to
Rodrigo Sanchez of Segovia, whom the King and Queen had sent with the
squadron as comptroller, but he was unable to see it from his situation.
The Admiral again perceived it once or twice, appearing like the light
of a wax candle moving up and down, which some thought an indication of
Backed by official sources such as the Malta Times and The British Association for the
Advancement of Science.
Extract from the Malta Mail Times, August 18th, 1845:
On June 18th, at 9h 30m p.m., the brig Victoria, from Newcastle to
Malta, in lat. 36° 40' 56, long. 13° 44' 36, was becalmed, with no
appearance of bad weather, when her topgallant and royal masts suddenly
went over the side as if carried away by a squall. Two hours it blew
very hard from the east, and whilst all hands were aloft reefing
topsails, it suddenly fell calm again, and they felt an overpowering
heat and stench of sulphur. At this moment three luminous bodies issued
from the sea, about half a mile from the vessel, and remained visible
for ten minutes (it is not said what became of them). Soon after it
began to blow hard again, and the vessel got into a current of cold
September 15, 1850:
1861 North Atlantic
"This afternoon, at 6h. 20m., a large spheroidal mass was seen floating
in the air at an unknown distance to the north. It undulated for a
while over the ice-lined horizon of Wellington Channel; and after a
little while, another, smaller than the first, became visible a short
distance from it. They receded with the wind from the southward and
eastward, but did not disappear for some time. Captain De Haven at first
thought it a kite; but, independently of the difficulty of imagining a
kite flying without a master, and where no master could be, its outline
and movement convinced me it was a balloon. The "Resolute" dispatched a
courier balloon on the second; but that could never have survived the
storms of the past week. I therefore suppose it must have been sent up
by some English vessel to the west of us.
Lake Erie 1867
luminous bodies are reported to have come from the North Atlantic Ocean
and stayed in view for no less than ten minutes during a squall.
Original reference: "A Catalogue of Observations of Luminous Meteors," Report of the British Association, 1861.
What makes this case credible is that it was witnessed by many over the years.
1870 Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society
The statement that a vessel was seen burning
off Erie on Tuesday night is corroborated by several persons living on
the high lands, south of the city, who say they saw
Tuesday evening mentioned, Oct. 29th, at about 7 o'clock, my attention
was called by one of my family to a bright light on the lake, having
very much the appearance of a vessel on fire. Bringing several objects
into range, I watched the light for some time to ascertain whether there
was any perceptible motion.
The wind was blowing hard at the time
down the lake and a vessel would naturally drift rapidly to leeward, at
all events as soon as the propelling power should be interfered with the
fire. No motion, however, in any direction was to be discovered, and at
once concluded that it was nothing more than the "mysterious light,
which for many years past, at longer or shorter intervals, has been seen
by the inhabitants at this point on the lake shore. The light has made
its appearance generally, if not always, in the fall of the year, and
usually in the month of November, and almost always during or
immediately after a heavy blow from the southwest. The most brilliant
exhibition of the light I have ever seen was during the night of the
24th or 25th, as nearly as I can recollect, of November 1852. It had
been my fortune to witness the burning of the steamer Erie, near Silver
Creek, several years before, and the resemblance which this light bore
to that of the burning steamer was so strong that I confidently expected
the arrival of the boats from the wreck during the night. Others with
myself watched the light for perhaps two hours, and with the aid of a
good night-glass obtained what seemed to be a very distinct view of the
appeared to be some 200 or more feet in length upon the water and about
as high above the water as an upper cabin steamer, such as was in use
upon the lake twenty years ago. At times the flames would start up in
spires or sheets of light, then away from side to side, and then die
away, precisely as would be the case with a large fire exposed to a
strong wind; and two or three times there was the appearance of a cloud
of sparks, as if some portion of the upper works had fallen into the
burning mass below. The sky and water were beautifully irradiated by the
light during its great brilliancy. The light gradually subsided, with
occasional flashes until it disappeared altogether. The light of Tuesday
evening, although very brilliant for a time, was not nearly so
brilliant nor of so long duration as that of 1852.
the 22nd of March, 1870, at Lat. 5° 47' N., Long. 27° 52' W., the
sailors of the Lady of the Lake saw a remarkable object, or "cloud," in
the sky. They reported to the captain.
According to Capt. Banner, it was a cloud of circular form, with an
included semicircle divided into four parts, the central dividing shaft
beginning at the center of the circle and extending far outward, and
then curving backward.
Geometricity and complexity and stability of form: and the small
likelihood of a cloud maintaining such diversity of features, to say
nothing of appearance of organic form. The
thing traveled from a point at about 20 degrees above the horizon to a
point about 80 degrees above. Then it settled down to the northeast,
having appeared from the south, southeast.
Light gray in color, or it was cloud-color. "It was much lower than the other clouds." And this datum stands out: That, whatever it may have been, it traveled against the wind. "It came up obliquely against the wind, and finally settled down right in the wind's eye."
For half an hour this form was visible. When it did finally disappear
that was not because it disintegrated like a cloud, but because it was
lost to sight in the evening darkness.
posted on Feb, 25 2009 @ 10:09 AM link
Me too. Hence this thread. My one and only USO Sighting happened on the
Fiji Islands in 2001. There is not much to say about it except that I
walking along a beach when a silver disc rapidly and diagonally
descended out of nowhere and splashed into the water. I just stood there
frozen for a
few minutes, unsure of what I had seen, also checking if something might
have fallen down from a plane, but there was no plane. The disc was
size of a car and shiny silver. The beach was empty and nobody else
seemed to have seen it so I did not tell anyone.
1875 Nature Magazine
1879 Persian Gulf, by a Hydographer of the British Navy
Upon page 428 of this number of Nature, E. L.
Moss says that, in April 1875, when upon H. M. S. Bulldog, a few miles
north of Vera Cruz, he had seen a series of swift lines of light. He had
dipped up some of the water, finding in it animalcule, which would,
however, not account for phenomena of geometric formation and high
velocity. If he means Vera Cruz, Mexico, this is the only instance we
have out of oriental waters.
1885 from an Astronomy Magazine, Witnessed by Many
Report to the Admiralty by Capt. Evans, the Hydrographer of the British Navy:
Commander J. E. Pringle, of H. M. S. Vulture, had reported that, at Lat.
26° 26' N., and Long. 53° 11 E.--in the Persian Gulf--May 15, 1879, he
had noticed luminous waves or pulsations in the water, moving at great
speed. This time we have a definite datum upon origin somewhere below
the surface. It is said that these waves of light passed under the
Vulture. "On looking toward the east, the appearance was that of a
revolving wheel with a center on that bearing, and whose spokes were
illuminated, and, looking toward the west, a similar wheel appeared to
be revolving, but in the opposite direction." Or finally as to
submergence--"These waves of light extended from the surface well under
the water." It is Commander Pringle's opinion that the shafts
constituted one wheel, and that doubling was an illusion. He judges the
shafts to have been about 25 feet broad, and the spaces about 100.
Velocity about 84 miles an hour. Duration about 35 minutes.
1887 New Zealand Herald
On November 1, at 9:30 P.M., there was seen, west
of Adrianople, an elongated object giving off a strong luminosity. It
seemed to float in the air and its apparent disk was four or five times
larger than the full moon. It traveled slowly and cast light on the
whole camp behind the station with a brightness about ten times greater
than a large electric bulb.
In the morning of November 2, at dawn, a very
luminous flame, first bluish, then greenish, and moving at a height of
five to six meters, made a series of turns around the ferryboat pier at
Scutari. Its blinding luminosity lighted the street and flooded the
inside of the houses with light. The meteor was visible for one minute
and a half and finally fell into the sea. No noise was heard when the
immersion took place.
Another multiple witness event reported by a credible source.
1887 Science Magazine
SALVADOR -- Three friends and I went to my high school graduation dance
in the capital city in Central America on November 7, 1976. We drove to
Conchalio Beach about 11:45 PM; we were talking when a disk-shaped
object with a dome and lights all over came down and hovered for about
50 seconds. It was projecting a very intense light 400 feet away over
the water. It started spinning with many colorful lights on it, and the
big light started a twist on the water. It suddenly disappeared into the
ocean. We did not see any splash because the water was moving around,
like creating a tunnel or hole in the water.
That morning I mentioned the UFO to hotel employees who told me that
happens very often and no one makes a big deal of it.
1888 St. Louis Post
Captain Moore, British steamship Siberian, reports,
"Nov. 12, midnight, Cape Race bearing west by north, distant ten miles,
wind strong south by east, a large ball of fire appeared to rise out of
the sea to a height of about fifty feet and come right against the wind
close up to the ship. It then altered its course and ran along with the
ship to a distance of about one and one-half miles. In about two
minutes it again altered its course and went away to the south-east
against the wind. It lasted, in all, not over five minutes. Have noticed
the same phenomenon before off Cape Race, and it seemed to indicate
that an easterly or south-easterly gale was coming on.
1892 San Diego
toward midnight a peculiar light is seen at the foot of the island. It
has the appearance of a huge ball of fire and is about the size and
shape of an ordinary barrel.
A few nights
ago a party of young men from this place determined to visit the island
and fathom the mystery, if possible. Equipped with revolvers, knives,
shotguns, and clubs, the party secured a boat and were soon cutting
through the water at a good speed for a point on the island near where
the specter usually made its appearance. Arriving at the landing place,
the skiff was hauled up on the shore, and the young men took up a
position in a clump of trees close at hand to watch and
Suddenly the whole point of the island was illumined as a bright red
object rose apparently from the water and glided up into the air.
Ascending probably to a height of forty yards, the watchers saw the
lurid ball fade away.
The investigating party had seen what they wanted. They made a mad rush
for the boat, but, just as they reached the place where it had been
left, they were horrified to see the little craft moving out on the
water from the island. At first its only occupant seemed to be the red
ball of fire, but the next moment the watchers saw the crimson object
gradually take the form of a man, and they saw him, too, dip the oars at
regular intervals and pull a long, steady stroke. The man's features
were fully concealed by a wide-rimmed slouch hat which was drawn over
his face. A peculiar light illumined the boat and the waters around it,
making the craft and its mysterious occupant perfectly discernible to
the party on the shore, who stood paralyzed with fear, unable to speak
or move, their eyes riveted by some mysterious influence they could not
resist on the spectral object before
The boat was now about in midstream, and suddenly the group of watchers
saw the skiff's occupant change again into the crimson ball. Then it
slowly began to move upward, and when it was about parallel with the
tops of the trees on the island, it disappeared. Next instant the
watchers looking across the river saw nothing but the flickering lights
Suddenly we saw what looked at first to be a
large body of birds, but almost as quickly as we saw it, it had changed
its appearance from a dark to a brilliant color, about the same dazzling
appearance that reflected sunlight from a mirror or polished surface
has. It was approaching us from the sea and traveling inland. At first
it was in the shape of a balloon and about fifty feet high by thirty
broad and traveled very rapidly. Again it changed its form into the
shape of an hourglass and made a most terrific swoop down on to the
surface of the water in the lagoon and spread out all over the surface,
covering it with a most brilliant halo of light. It only remained there a
moment when it rose again and formed itself in several fantastic shapes
in quick succession, and traveling with the rapidity of lightning
almost, first in one direction and then another, changing its course by
abrupt angles. These peculiar antics kept up for fifteen minutes at
least, and it finally disappeared away inland
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