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posted on Feb, 25 2009 @ 11:14 AM  link   

1910, The Indianapolis Star
 "We have been struck by a comet or a thunderbolt, and our ship is disabled," he said. "We were bound from Port Talbot to Bastia with coals, leaving port on Wednesday, and this morning we were about ten miles southwest of the Wolf Rock when the vessel trembled violently, and there was a loud, sharp report like the explosion of a cannon. The foremast seemed a mass of flames, and the whole ship became aglow.

"At that moment we saw a large, fiery body, with a tail about 30 feet to 40 feet long, strike the sea about 20 feet from us. Its appearance was accompanied by a loud, hissing noise, and as it disappeared, a column of water rose in the air. 

"Directly after, the men came running out of the forecastle, saying it was on fire. The whole of the interior was glowing with a brilliant light. The effect of the phenomenon in the engine room was most awe-inspiring, the whole place glowing in a faint, violet light from which millions of sparks emanated. All the men rushed upon deck.

"The second mate happened to be sounding the (well) at the time and received a violent shock from the steel rod which he held in his hand. The phenomenon did not last many seconds. When we had recovered from our surprise, we looked at the compasses and found them all demagnetized and awry.

 "In that predicament I decided to put back for the nearest port, but as we were experiencing blinding snowstorms and could get no assistance from our compasses, it was a difficult task. At last we picked up the Lizard, and by following coasting vessels, put into Falmouth."

Strange to say, when the compasses were taken ashore, they resumed their normal condition and were strictly accurate. It is feared that the ship has become highly magnetized, and experts will go on board to decide how the problem can be solved. 
1910 The Danish Meteorological Institute
The Danish Meteorological Institute reports another instance: That, when Capt. Breyer of the Dutch steamer Valentijn was in the South China Sea, midnight, Aug. 12, 1910, he saw a rotation of flashes. "It looked like a horizontal wheel, turning rapidly." This time it is said that the appearance was above water. "The phenomenon was observed by the captain, the first and second mates, and the first engineer, and upon all of them it made a somewhat uncomfortable impression."
1913 London Times
1913, February 28: North Sea. (ND/F)1 8:15 p.m. The captain and crew of the steam trawler Othello returning to the port of Hull spotted a distant airborne object with a powerful searchlight. It was a dark night with no moon or stars visible. The object descended and headed toward the ship, making an audible whirring sound. Within 5 minutes it was directly overhead just above the masthead, the searchlight now dazzling. The trawler was illuminated from stem to stern so brightly that “the men assert that it was possible to read by it." Two body lights were visible on the aft of the object about 5 or 6 feet apart.

Fearing a collision, the captain blew the whistle and swung the vessel around to the west. The unidentified craft then circled the ship twice, keeping its searchlight focused on the ship the whole time. Then it climbed and departed toward the west. As it left, the captain gave a parting salute with the siren, and the craft replied with a flash from the searchlight. When they reached port, the captain and crew filed written statements with their company. (The incident was reported in numerous newspapers, including the London Times and the Daily Telegraph.; cited in Watson et al., n.d.)
1927, one of Italy's most investigated USO Sightings
One morning, while a 12 year old girl was going to fetch drinking water at the river Po, she saw a shiny and round object come from the sky. It later crashed in the water seven meters away from her. After a couple of minutes, the witness noticed a big bubble in the water and later the object resurfaced and flew away disappearing in the sky. The girl had the chance to observe the interior of the object and saw a little man who seemed to be seated because he was only visible from the neck and above. The facial features were human looking and he was not wearing a helmet. The object, which emitted a hissing noise, had a diameter of 2-3 meters. For sure this is one of the most investigated U.S.O. sightings in Italy, and only the distance in time of the event prevents an objective evaluation of it.         
1929 Saucer-Disc

I picked this because I found it interesting that a flying saucer would be seen pre-1946.
 I thought you might like to hear a story my father told me recently (and having been in the military was even afraid to tell me) about a sponge diver in his home town of Tarpon Springs, Florida. It seems that an old Greek sponge diver back in 1929 was underwater doing his sponging in his old-type sponge diver’s suit and helmet, and as he looked up from what he was doing, he saw a saucer-shaped silver disk fly by him under water with lights on it, and then it flew by him again, this time in the other direction as if to watch what he was doing. The man thought it must be something the Americans must have made or maybe there is another ship in the area. When he came out of the water, he told the other spongers what he saw under water. No one believed his story. They told him no such thing could be true, and there were no other boats in the area. For years he stuck to his story and told everyone who would listen to him. - Patricia Themaras                                                                 
1931, Ireland
A Mr. Collins was aboard his yacht when he saw a strange "aero-plane" like object approaching from the sea. It suddenly ditched into the water near the shore. Collins then approached the craft, which was now apparently at the shore. He saw three occupants apparently working on the object. Two were tall, heavy set, blond haired and light complexioned. Thinking they were or (sic - of) German origin, he asked if they needed any help in German. One of the men responded in French, claiming he could not understand, and then, in no uncertain terms, told the witness to leave the area. Collins quickly left and did not see the craft depart.        
1934 Norway
Some friends were eating when they saw a light which appeared to be on the harbour. Fearing sabotage, they entered their cars (3) and drove towards the phenomenon. Some distance away the cars stopped and couldn't be started again. They left the cars and ran towards the light, which seemed to resemble a church bell, and were (sic-was) a hazy orange color. When they approached it, they heard a whistling sound, like air being released from an air compressor. A moment later the object ascended 9-18 feet above the water and took off with an enormous speed, without any sign of acceleration. At last the object had a deep blue color as it disappeared over Oslofjorden. As soon as it disappeared, the witnesses (4) investigated the area and discovered a craterlike depression in the snow about 4.5 feet in diameter and about 3 feet deep. Outside this the snow had melted1 to a diameter of 54 feet.
1943 Persian Gulf

I'm adding this one because it is representative of a number of similar reports.
1943: Persian Gulf—Seaman Matthew Mangle, from the bow of his ship, sighted a huge disc beneath the surface of the water. The object, glowing with a soft, greenish light, paced the ship at about 12 knots before speeding up and moving out of sight. (Similar reports are on record.) This reference: NICAP Investigator, July/August 1960, p. 7    
1945, U.S. Military, Multiple Witnesses, Detailed Report
The most detailed of these cases involved a large UFO seen in 1945 by crew members of the U.S. Army Transport Delarof which had been hauling munitions and supplies to Alaska. The reporting witness, recently interviewed, was Robert S. Crawford, now a consulting geologist with the Indiana Soil Testing Laboratory, Griffith, Ind. Crawford is a graduate of the University of North Dakota and while at the college, he reported the sighting to Prof. N. N. Kohanowski, Dept. of Geology, who is a NICAP adviser. In 1967, Mr. Crawford was interviewed by Dr. James E. McDonald, a scientist at the University of Arizona, who under a university grant has personally investigated numerous UFO reports.

The Delarof incident occurred in the summer of 1945 while Crawford was serving as one of the Army radiomen aboard. The ship, heading back to Seattle, was in the open sea past Adak. It was about sunset, and Crawford was on the port side near the radio room when he heard shouts from some of the crew. He turned and saw a large, round object which had just emerged from the sea. (Several crewmen saw the UFO actually appear from underwater, an estimated mile or so from the Delarof.)

The unknown craft, showing darkly against the setting sun, climbed almost straight up for a few moments, then it arced into level flight, and began to circle the ship. All the observers were convinced it was a large object. Comparing it with the width of a finger held out at arm's length, Crawford estimated the UFO to be 150 to 250 feet in diameter. As it circled the Delarof, the flying object was in easy range of the ship's guns. But the gun crews held their fire, though on the alert for any sign of hostility.

The UFO circled the vessel two or three times, moving smoothly and with no audible sound. All the witnesses felt it was self-propelled; otherwise, the strong winds would have visibly affected its movements.
After several minutes, the flying object disappeared to the south or south-southwest. Suddenly the crew saw three flashes of light from the area where it had vanished. The Delarof captain posted an extra watch as the ship moved through that sector later, but nothing was seen.

At Seattle, 14 crewmen signed a summary of the sighting. Attempts are being made to locate the report, mainly so as to interrogate other witnesses and perhaps learn more details. This reference: UFO Investigator, a NICAP publication, Vol. 4, No. 5, p. 4, (March 1968), and various letters sent to governmental departments in reference to the case. With thanks to the Donald E. Keyhoe Archives for this material.   
1945 U.S. Navy, Multiple Source Confirmations
Suddenly during the early afternoon around 1300 hrs, the ship was called to General Quarters. Every man ran to his battle station thinking that this might be a Japanese suicide attack. Everyone was in position; all guns were manned and ready. Cpl. P. at the time was a gunner on one of the ship’s 40 mm gun mounts. All hands waited at their battle station for something to fire at, for the sky was clear as far as the eye could see. Inside the ship, a single distinct blip had appeared out of nowhere on the radar scope. A few seconds later and the blip became visible in the sky... almost directly over the battleship. There it hovered, motionless.

By this time, the ship’s captain, Capt. K. C. Christian, was out on deck looking at the object through binoculars. It wasn't long before most of the ship’s two thousand personal (sic) were also observing it either through binoculars or with the naked eye.

The object was described as being silver in color and very shiny. It was much larger than what the brightest star would be, but smaller than a full moon. There was no noise that anyone could detect, and it did not change color, split up, [or] perform any erratic manauveurs (sic), but remained above the ship, matching speed and course with it.

After about a half an hour had passed, Capt. Christian and many members of the crew were getting a bit nerveous (sic). Was it a Japanese trick or some new kind of weapon? Capt. Christian didn't know and wasn't going to take any chances. Quickly, he ordered two of the ship’s 3 inch anti-aircraft mounts to open fire on it. For about the next half hour the 3 inch guns hammered away at the object... but to no avail. It must have been out of their range because the shells did not seem to be reaching it. Later it was learned that at that time, the object was at an altitude of twenty thousand feet.

Finally, Capt. Christian ordered the guns to cease fire. The object remained above the ship for a few more seconds, then, to everyone’s amazement, it climbed up at a fantastic rate of speed until it was out of sight and off the radar scope. Everyone aboard the ship was stunned by this; they had never seen anything like it.

1945, St. Petersburg Times, U.S. Navy
E. L. Wells, Magnolia Hotel, then Lt. J.G. aboard the Salamana (sic – Salamaua) (CVE-96), an escort aircraft carrier, was interceptor officer. Around 11 o'c1ock in the morning, while south of Okinawa, he said he and his group were disturbed by the appearance of a "blip" on the screen that appeared to be traveling toward them at a terrific rate of speed.

“Of course we couldn't distinguish any shape, but the object was estimated to be traveling at about 1,000 miles an hour," Wells said. “It was moving on a course of zero one zero, coming in from the direction of Formosa and traveling toward Japan. We thought at first it was a Baka1 bomb, but it was too fast for that.“We just braced ourselves and waited for it to hit. Then, after tracking it to just a few miles from the ship, as the radar made another sweep, we lost it.

"We never heard another thing about it, but we wondered a lot what it was. Now with all these stories about flying saucers, (it) made me think of it again and I wondered if anybody ever had seen those saucers on a radar screen. . . That would tell quite a lot about them."

Found this UFO over water on my computer, forget the source I have it from though:


Added by Pegasus
UFO Sighting Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

We were walking on the beach when we happened to look up and see two large, bright orange/yellow circles in the air. These shapes were unlike anything we had ever seen. They hovered over the coastline for a few minutes (3-4). Then one began to ascend, fairly slowly. The circle got smaller and smaller until it eventually looked like a pinhead, which then disappeared out of sight. Then the second circle did the same thing. There were no drastic movements. The discs hovered and then ascended in a slightly angled line straight up and out of sight. The objects stood out because of their size and color. I felt confident that the there was no logical explanation for the sighting except a UFO. I was not afraid at the time, but very curious. I was so amazed I didn’t even think to pull out my phone to record it! NOTE: The above image is a rendering.


posted on Feb, 25 2009 @ 02:01 PM  link   

Very interesting case because of seen "little men" running over the deck of the object.

June, 1947, Near Malta, "Little people on type of submarine."

A USO report from MUFOR on the internet as follows:
Witnesses: Pawlu Zammit and others

Location: 20 miles S of Malta
Object: Black submarine, or other type of craft?

Sound: None

Notes: Fishermen on a boat 20 miles south of Malta were raising their nets with a catch of fish when they saw an object floating on the water's surface that looked like a black submarine. The fishermen were frightened because they thought it looked more like a monster than a submarine, so they quickly pulled in their nets and started the boat's engine.

At that moment a bright light from the "submarine" lit up the whole area and "little men" began running over the deck of the object.

The fishermen couldn't make out much detail from their boat but whenever the light illuminated the "little men," they could see some sort of apparatus around their waist.

When the witness was asked how tall these men were, he replied, "About the size of a 10 year old boy." After a few minutes, the "little men" entered the "submarine" which began to glow so brightly that the fishermen couldn't see the object. It then submerged.

This reference: From the Website: ( Note MUFOR stands for Malta UFO Research)

Original reference: "UFOs fuq iI-Gzejjer Maltin" by David Pace


Mediterranean Sea - Malta

20 miles south of Malta is Approximately Latitude 35.39 N, Longitude 14.25 E ( D-M )

Reference: Malta gazetteer, U.S. Army Topographic Command, Washington, D.C., November 1971

SOURCE: UFO Case files
Editors note: (1) Spacevisitor is a friend and longtime member of Pegasus. (2) Pegasus has a sharing agreement with UFO Case Files

posted on Feb, 25 2009 @ 02:28 PM link   
Here's a link to my own encounter with a USO some years ago.

My own encounter with a USO ten years ago

I'm the only one who saw this "thing", though as you'll see in the thread, others have seen it, or something like it, since...
Really good thread.

posted on Feb, 25 2009 @ 02:45 PM link   
Just read your post. You are the third experiencer "coming out" in this thread. Lets hope for many more. About its much is 40 to 50 knots? (Excuse my ignorance).

posted on Feb, 25 2009 @ 02:47 PM link   

Right around, just below actually, 60mph. Given the roughness of the bottom there 'bouts that's hauling it.

posted on Feb, 25 2009 @ 02:57 PM link   

Great thread. I have been interested in USO's for some time, but then I have been interested in the ocean more than space itself This one was back in 2006 with numerous witnesses on Southern African East coast, what we call the South Coast in South Africa, just to leave out confusion...strangely

Port Shepstone Incident

The thread on ATS on this one
UFO Crashes in Ocean - Port Shepstone, SA

posted on Feb, 25 2009 @ 03:03 PM link   

1947 Thor Heyerdahl

Heyerdahl, a science celebrity of his days with a reputation to loose.
We saw the shine of phosphorescent eyes drifting on the surface on dark nights, and on one single occasion, we saw the sea boil and bubble while something like a big wheel came up and rotated in the air, while some of our dolphins tried to escape by hurling themselves desperately through space

1947, San Fransisco Chronicle, Police Officer Report

July 2, San Francisco, California: Sergeant David Menary, of the State Highway Patrol, was driving onto the Golden Gate Bridge from the Lombard Street approach shortly after 2:15 p.m. PST, when he and passenger Walter Castro saw six small objects plummet down past the bridge and into the Bay.

"They were close together," Menary later reported, "about a foot apart. They were silver and shiny, about as big as a football but shaped round, like a basketball. They were falling, down, straight down, I couldn't estimate how fast. They fell into the Bay, east of the bridge. That's the last I saw of them." Castro, a San Rafael garage owner, confirmed Menary's description. Neither had any idea what they might be or where they may have come from.

Commenting on this report from his office in the Presidio, Army Major Steve Monroe brushed the sighting off. "I can see the same thing right now," he told reporters. "Friday is the Fourth of July, in case you've forgotten, and some of the boys are down on the waterfront trying out the fireworks." But as far as Sgt. Menary was concerned, what he and Castro saw fall into the Bay "were no fireworks."        

1947 USS Maury Survey Ship
During the trip from San Francisco, they mapped what they thought was an underwater mountain top or a solid object of some sort. It was very large2 and they made several passes over it with their sonar. My father was not in the sonar department. He was used sometimes as a helmsman and the captain’s driver in port. I am not sure, but he may have been on watch or on the bridge―I don’t know for sure. He says after several passes the object accelerated to a fast speed and disappeared into the depths and they lost it. They searched for some time and never located it again. They did not know what it was.

UFOs and Water: Physical Effects of UFOs on Water Through Accounts by Eyewitnesses
by Carl W. Feindt ~ Amazon Books
The Crow River UFO/USO


Actual photo (from aged copy with leak through of ink from following page)

This strange photograph, snapped on the Crow River in Ontario, is a mystery to photographers. It is all that was recorded by the camera of a large purple globe, one of a series seen submerging in the Crow River. Was it a spaceship? p. 11
An additional and more conclusive proof of the unknown nature of these mysterious "meteors" can be introduced by means of the following story from the Halifax Mail, Canadian newspaper:
Like a second edition of the famed "flying saucers," strange meteor-like objects have been reportedly seen flying through the sky in all parts of Nova Scotia for the last week. Early yesterday morning one turned up again streaking over Halifax in plain view of two policemen--Sergeant Gerald Bishop and Constable J. Gerrard. Descriptions furnished by those who claim to have watched the brief appearances of the "whatizit’s" have ranged from "a blue ball of flame" to "a bright green object," like a football trailed by a bright red tail.
The latter was how it appeared to the Halifax policemen who watched it in its less-than-a-second-long dash across the sky over Halifax North around 2:30 a. m. Sunday. Cyril Kane of the National Harbours Board1 Harbormaster's office saw a similar object, but blue in color, in the same vicinity late Thursday.

Another well-known Halifax business man who saw it or a similar object the same day expressed the belief that it was a flare from a "Very" pistol, used by ships and planes to send out distress signals.
But Father Burke-Gaffney of St. Mary's College, an astronomer, suggests that the objects may be meteors or flaming pieces of molten metal from the tail of Eneke's Comet which is reported by Australians to have flashed across the southern skies on two or three successive nights recently.

Perhaps Father Burke-Gaffney is correct regarding this particular series of observations, and there is nothing in them which could not be attributed to ordinary meteors, however, when one of them is photographed at close range, that is a different matter!

The photograph in question, was forwarded by J. D. MacNeill, 101 Latimer Avenue, Toronto 12, Ontario. It was taken, Mr. MacNeill reports, by his uncle, while fishing on the Crow River in Northern Ontario. Mr. MacNeill quotes his uncle as follows:

"Last Saturday, August 16, 1947, when I had finished my chores, here at the camp, I decided to go into Timmins with my friend, Roy Simpson, to see a movie. Timmins is about 15 miles from our present location, so we decided to go by car, instead of waiting for the company bus. We left at 8:30 and after driving for about ten minutes the car stalled, leaving us stranded in the middle of a deserted and open stretch of country. We tinkered with the motor for a half-hour but couldn't get it to start again. So we started to walk back to camp.

"It was then that we both witnessed an unusual sight in the growing darkness that I still find hard to believe and vaguely know how to describe. It seemed like a huge globe of purplish light that tore across the eastern sky and disappeared into the surrounding hills. It was followed by yet another that was much closer and travelling at a slower speed. I could hardly make out the details, but it looked like a round object that had a number of large portholes on its sides.

''That was all we saw but it was enough for us. We got back to camp and arranged for a truck to tow the stalled car back to camp. Roy and I never mentioned what we saw to anyone in case we might be called crazy.

"The next day was a Sunday [17th] and no work was to be done. So, around
three o'clock that afternoon I went down to Crow River to do some fishing and brought my camera with me. It was then that I saw those self-same objects circling about the lake, but travelling at a much lower speed. I don't know how to express my feelings when I saw them again; it struck me, somehow, as being weird and uncanny, like something from another world. At any rate, they circled closer to the lake, emitting a high-pitched whining noise. My senses came back to me and I pulled out my camera and tried to take shots.

"I took numerous snaps but later these failed to turn out. Finally the objects eased their speed and at intervals of about two minutes between them, they hit the lake and sank about 100 yards from where I was standing. The first snap I took failed to focus properly, but the second one turned out excellently as the object hit the water.

"I waited for more than an hour hoping to see them again, but they failed to make an appearance. Since then I have not seen them once, nor have I heard comments about them from the boys here at the camp. These enclosed photos are the only evidence I have of their existence. What they were, I have no idea, nor can I even guess what was their reason for appearing for such a short time.”  

It is unfortunate that the shots of the globes in the air did not turn out--or perhaps they did not turn out because they could not be photographed by ordinary light? A glance at the photo of the object at the moment of contact with the water reveals that there is clarity of definition of everything except the sphere itself! There is seen only a foggy white spot. There is a definite circle on the water, as though the outer surface of the object produced some darkening in the water such as an electrical effect, although no splash of water seems to be visible. However, the statement of the witnesses includes portholes and such mechanical attributes, impossible to understand in the case of an electrical phenomenon. Further, these "ships" gave evidence of some type of definite directional guidance, either from within or by remote control. The high-pitched whine indicates electrical apparatus of some type, possibly generators.

The size of these Crow River globes, as determined from the photograph and from the statements of distance from the camera, is at least 24 feet in diameter to as much as 60 feet. Once again, we can be sure that these Canadian blue-green-purple globes are not meteors, nor are they fragments of a comet, or Venus. What, then, are they? Spacecraft from another world?

This reference: Fate, Vol. 1, No. 2, summer 1948, “Are Space Visitors Here?” by Kenneth Arnold.           

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