Year of 1966; date deleted. An AF active-duty jet pilot with the rank of captain, who is also a NICAP member, came to our offices and reported that a group of Service pilots had seen a large disc-shaped object rotating under the surface of the Atlantic Ocean. The sighting was at night, while the pilots were on a routine mission, and the UFO was clearly visible because of its brilliant blue-green glow. (Because of the active-duty status of the AF captain and the other pilots, names, the date and identifying details have to be omitted.)                                                 

This reference: UFO Investigator, a NICAP publication, Vol. 4, No. 5 p. 5, (March 1968) with Thanks to the Donald E. Keyhoe Archives.

       Secondary references: No Earthly Explanation, by John Wallace Spencer, pp. 94-104, 1974

UFOCAT PRN – 69650 ( No Location )

Atlantic Ocean

No location


Oh, oh, saucers loose again!

Special to The Province           

       Kelowna -- Four persons have reported unidentified flying objects in the Kelowna area. Three of the four also reported a small satellite airship, in one case appearing from beneath the surface of Okanagan Lake.

       Alfred Quemby, Kelowna Courier, printer, reported an oval-shaped saucer with a dome circling over Benvoulin district on Kelowna’s southeast limits. It appeared to have a polished metal finish. When he got out of his car for a closer look, "it disappeared at an almost unbelievable speed,” he said.

       Quemby, said he has no opinion as to the origin of the craft and has seen them four times in recent years, usually in the district. Once, he said, he and six others saw a strange airship.

       Clifford Cole, a watchman, for the CPR Lake and River Service, said he saw an object hovering over Okanagan Lake.

       Cole reported that another smaller craft seemed to pop to the surface of the lake, remain on the surface for a time, then return to the mother ship, which flew away.

       Two teen-agers they too had seen something.

They said they were parked on Black Mountain after dark when they saw a saucer-shaped object. The craft at first made a noise like a transport truck, but the noise dropped to a low hum.

       According to the teen-agers, a diamond-shaped small craft emerged from the big ship while they watched, circled the saucer and went back inside lt.                                                      

This is an original reference: News clip from “The Vancouver Daily” Province, March 2, 1966, Canada.

       In file: A smaller Newspaper article from “The Vancouver Sun” dated March 2, 1966 which states that the two teenagers refused to be identified.

UFOCAT PRN – NONE, However #87180 date 03-02-1966 in same lake area.

North America – Canada, British Columbia

Kelowna                       Latitude 49-54 N, Longitude 119-29 W ( D-M )

Okanagan Lake           Latitude 49-55 N, Longitude 119-30 W

Reference: Canada Gazetteer, Prepared in the Office of Geography, Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C., November 1953

Black Mountain Latitude 50-49-00 N, Longitude 119-29-00 W ( D-M-S )


Pacific Ocean
There was another incident that occurred while on daylight patrol in the Tonkin Gulf in March. The lookouts reported a shiny object floating just below the surface ahead of the ship. The object was a silver ball about 3-4 feet in diameter and it appeared to be heavy. The Captain ordered the ship to stop and all equipment was turned off. Officers hurriedly searched through manuals on Warsaw Pact mines and nothing was found that matched what we were looking at 200 yards away. The Captain called in a helicopter from the carrier we were operating with. It hovered over the object and lowered a sonar boom. The pilot was on the loudspeaker of the bridge so we were hearing his description of the object. Silver, metallic sphere, no seams, marking or rivets, just an independent ball floating just below the surface. At this point the pilot decided to have his door gunner open fire on the object. I was trying to film all of this with my 8mm movie camera. The distance was too much for my camera.
       The pilot reported that the bullets were bouncing off. The pilot suddenly excited yells, "Whoa, that damn thing just took off!" Somebody yank that thing down," the pilot exclaimed. Our captain immediately ordered everything turned back on and General Quarters was sounded and we proceeded to our ASW (Antisubmarine warfare) stations. We searched for 72 hours and found nothing. I am curious if anyone else or ship reported an incident like this one. Name & Phone # appeared on the original MUFON document.                                                                          

This reference (Original): Web page - MUFON: UFO Reports 1/12/1998 Page2


The Gulf of Tonkin is bounded by Vietnam and China

Gulf of Tonkin – Latitude 20-00 N, 108-00 E ( D-M )

Reference: China Gazetteer ( Mainland ), Prepared by the Geographic Names Division, Army Map Service, Washington, D.C., September 1968


Report From Brazil – The First UAO Sightings In 1966

3. On March 16, at 5:45 p.m., a white object, ovoid in shape, crashed into the Atlantic Ocean close to the Cagarras Island, after a violent explosion which caused, alarm and fear among the people who watched from the Arpoador beach its rapid fall to the sea. An emergency call mobilized the Air Force Life Saving Service (SAR) and the Guanabara State Coast Guard (CMS). Several patrol boats from the CMS and two SAR helicopters searched the area until 7:15 p.m., but nothing was found. The CMS sailor Sergio Jorge Carvalho and the sentinel at the Copacabana Fortress witnessed the fall and explosion. They reported that the object had a white contrail and that a smaller parachute-like object was drop­ped from it just a few seconds before the crash. Other witnesses affirmed that more than one parachute-like object had been sighted. The CMS released the information that "at 5:45 p.m., a communication from the SAR reported the fall of a "strange object" in the area of the Cagarras Island. Four patrol boats were sent to search the place and nothing was found."

A crowd of several thousand people remained for several hours at the Arpoador beach, watching the search and discussing the events. The. Cagarras is a small, deserted rocky island a few miles

to the west of Rio de Janeiro, Just in front of the well-known Copacabana and Ipanema beaches. It was visited three days later by an expedition that made a complete search, but again nothing was found.                                                                                                                              

This reference: The A.P.R.O. Bulletin, March-April, 1966, pp. 5-6

With thanks to Larry Hatch’s *U* UFO Database, see
     Secondary references: UFOs Over The Americas by J & C Lorenzen, p. 54 © 1968

UFOCAT PRN – 56823 Ref. UFOs Over the Americas, Jim Lorenzen, p. 54, 1968. No Loc.

South America - Brazil

Cagarras Island           Latitude 23-02 S, Longitude 43-11 W ( D-M )

Arpoador Beach           Latitude 23-59 S, Longitude 43-12 W

Guanabara Bay            Latitude 22-50 S, Longitude 43-10 W

Copacabana Beach      Latitude 22-58 S, Longitude 43-10 W

Ipanema Beach            Latitude 22-59 S, Longitude 43-12 W

Reference: Brazil Gazetteer, Prepared in the Office of Geography, Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C., January 1963


Barra da Tijuca. Between10:00 and 11:00 p.m. on the night of March 16, 1966, and again at 2:45 a.m. on March 17, doctors and nurses at the Lourenco Jorge Hospital at Barra da Tijuca watched an object which had seemed to come up out of the sea.

KEY: (7) Marisco Point (Peak).    (8) Lourenco Jorge Hospital

At times it hung suspended over the sea, as though about to fall into it, and at other times it flew around over the Pedra do Marisco, a peak near the hospital. Green in colour at first, it later turned blue and then red. It was seen to receive two objects, apparently teleguided. (See SBEDV Bulletin No. 55-59, March/December 1967. See also Gordon Creighton's article: A Small Experiment? in FSR, Vol. 13, No. 6, November/December 1967.)                                            

This reference: Flying Saucer Review. Vol. 17, No. 3. May/June 1971, UFO ON THE SEA NEAR RIO by Dr. W. Buhler

Original: SBEDV Bulletin No. 74/79, May 1970-February 1971

Translation by: Gordon Creighton's article: A Small Experiment? in FSR, Vol. 13, No. 6, November/December 1967.)


South America - Brazil

Barra da Tijuca Latitude 23-01 S. Longitude 43-18 W ( D-M )

Reference: Brazil Gazetteer, Prepared in the Office of Geography, Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C., January 1963


       Ilha Cagarra. This case is quoted on page 24 of SBEDV Bulletin No. 55-59 erroneously as Ilha das Cigarras. At 5:45 p.m. on March 17, 1966, bathers at Arpoador (Copa-cabana) heard a violent explosion and saw a white, oval object drop into the sea near the Ilha Cagarra.

KEY: ( 9) Ilha Cagarra.   ( 3) Arpoador Point.   (7) Barra da Tijuca

A sentry at the nearby Fort said he saw a sort of parachute falling. Sr. Victor Wellisch, Head of the Maritime Life-Saving Service, put out four lifeboats which searched until 7.30 p.m., while an aircraft flew over the island. Two witnesses, Dona Iolanda and Sr. Ney Roban, of rua Carlos Gois 327/701, reported that they saw an enormous "ball of fire" vanish behind the lighthouse at Barra da Tijuca.                                                                                                                                    

This reference: Flying Saucer Review. Vol. 17, No. 3. May/June 1971, p. 6, “UFO ON THE SEA NEAR RIO” by Dr. W. Buhler

Need: SBEDV Bulletin No. 55-59, p. 24


South America – Brazil

Ilha Cagarra.               Latitude 23-01-60 S, Longitude 43-10-60 W ( D-M-S )

                                    Latitude 23.0333 S, Longitude 43.1833 W ( D.% )

Copa-cabana   Latitude 22-58-0 S, Longitude 43-10-60 W ( D-M-S )

                                    Latitude 22.9667 S, Longitude 43.1833 W ( D.% )

Arpoador                      Latitude 22-59 S, Longitude 43-12 W ( D-M )

Barra da Tijuca.            Latitude 23-01 S, Longitude 43-18 W ( D-M )

Reference: Brazil Gazetteer, Prepared in the Office of Geography, Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C., January 1963


       At 4 P.M. on the 18th of March, 1966, on a stretch of deserted beach ten miles north of Deseade (south of the Gulf of San Jorge, Argentina *), Carlos Corosan, a 35-year-old farmer, saw a large cigar-shaped craft with no wings. He said it was less than 35 yards away and estimated its length at 65 to 70 feet, describing it as metallic in appearance, reflecting the rays of the setting sun. It was gray-black and apparently smooth, with no visible markings or windows or any kind of appendages. However, gray smoke was coming from the tail section. Corosan said it was "just chugging along," sounding rather like an automobile with engine difficulties. Then, "the mysterious craft stopped and emitted a short, muffled blast of smoke [sic]," whereupon the smoke became "very dark black." Corosan, having decided that this was no ordinary craft, now ran for cover. At this point the object was hovering about 40 feet above the water and maintained this position for a few minutes. It then began to hum and "vibrate all over as though it were coming apart." The humming noise was followed by another short blast, and the craft began to rise slowly, taking a north-northeast course, with the same erratic chugging motion. Corosan now started to leave his hiding place, intending to report to the authorities, but heard a much louder explosion, followed by a decrease in the humming sound. He turned around just in time to see the object "crash" into the sea. "It did not float at all. It just hit the water with a huge splash and went down quickly." There was no geyser or any sign that the object had filled with water. After thirty minutes of watching for any sign of survivors, he reported to the local authorities. The Argentine Government has neither confirmed nor denied Corosan's sighting, though the latter claims to have seen Navy ships in the area and an unidentified official is said to have indicated that they are looking for the "lost object" though it is thought that the Falkland current may "have swept the object away."

       *In the original article the incident is placed in the Gulf of San Jorge; however, Deseade is actually about 45 miles south of the Gulf on the Atlantic coast.                                                         

This reference: Invisible Residents by Ivan T. Sanderson, pp. 57-58, Pub. 1970

      Secondary references: Phēnomēnes Spatiaux, Oscar A. Galindez, p. 17 March 1970

                                                Unexplained Mysteries of the 20th Century, by J & C Bord, p.

                                                            171, published 1989.

Original reference: Stiff, Robert A., “A Tragic Sighting in Argentina,” in Steiger, Brad, and Writenour, Joan, The Allende Letters, Universal Pub. Co., 1968

UFOCAT PRN –76720 Ref. Phēnomēnes Spatiaux March 1970. No Location

South America - Argentina

Puerto Deseado           Latitude 47-45 S, Longitude 65-54 W ( D-M ) – No Deseade

Gulf of San Jorge          Latitude 46-00 S, Longitude 67-00 W

Reference: Argentina gazetteer, Prepared in the Office of Geography, Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C., February 1968.

03-26-1966  ( date based on newspaper publishing date )
( Included because of reaction with water )

       The March 26, 1966, edition of the Miami News relates how Isaac Lester and John Robert Bair, who were cruising in a motor launch, spotted a strange cigar-shaped object maneuvering in the sky quite low over the water several miles out at sea. To get a closer look, they headed for the object at full speed. When they were within a few hundred yards of it they noticed "eerie pulsations of light around what appeared to be the nose section of the craft." Then, what looked like a greenish volume of light, water or vapor, extended from the underside of the object down to the surface of the water which they discovered was strewn with dead fish.

       The crew of the launch radioed back to the Boca Chica base to report what they had seen, and within several minutes search planes were flying over the area. It was then that the strange craft took off and vanished.                                                                                                    

This Reference: Strange Encounters: Bizarre & Eerie Contact with UFO Occupants, by Timothy Greene Beckley, pp. 86-87, Pub. 1992, Inner Light Publications, New Brunswick, NJ

Original reference: The March 26, 1966, edition of the Miami News


North America - United States, Florida

Boca Chica       Latitude 24-34 N, Longitude 81-42 W ( D-M )

Miami               Latitude 25-46 N, Longitude 80-12 W



       "It all sounds so crazy," James Harkins told reporters at Cape Canaveral in June of 1966. "I didn't want to make a big deal about it." The day before, his two sons, ages six and seven, and their friend, eight, raced to him, pale, breathless and thoroughly terrified.

       The three boys were playing behind their apartment about 7:30 p.m. when theft saw a "rocket or jet" zip across the sky and disappear behind the building, apparently dropping into the water. They ran to the beach and saw, about 30 yards ahead, two men, talking, with their backs to them. The boys said the two men wore "glass helmets and gray suits with something that looked like scuba tanks on their backs." One of the youngsters was so surprised that he made a sound, startling the men. They scrambled quickly aboard a "round white thing" which sped to a strange floating device about 300 feet offshore.

       There were windows in the floating object, they said, and they could see people moving inside. On one side, there was a gray Star with some type of identifying letters.

       The boys ran back at the same time the men raced for the object, and when they paused to look back, they were expecting the craft to take to the air. Instead, it submerged and vanished.

       "All three mentioned the same details when I questioned them separately," Harkins reported. "I don't think they made the story up--they're not the type."

       Who were the two men? What was the underwater object--a UFO or a submarine? Or both?

This reference: Official UFO Magazine, May 1977, Vol. 2, No. 3 “Mysteries of the Deep” by Lucius Farish and Dale Titler, p. 54.


North America - United States, Florida

Cape Canaveral           Latitude 28-24-20 N, Longitude 80-36-18 W ( D-M-S )

Reference: The National Gazetteer of the United States of America, Prepared by the U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the U.S. Board on Geographic Names, Washington D.C., 1990


CISU Case # 026
Location: Argentario(GR)
CISU Classification: B ( Objects that fall or dive into water )
Evaluation: Insufficient Information

***From three flying objects incandescent fragments have been separated that fall into the sea.                                                                                                                                               

This reference: USOCAT by The Italian Center for UFO Studies (CISU) © 1996 by Marco Bianchini.

      Original reference: “II Resto del Carlino” of 6/29/1966
                                    “II Secolo XIX” of 6/29/1966
                                     R.Pinotti “UFO: mission man” ed. Armenia, page 134
                                     CrashCat case no. 026.


Europe – Italy, Grrosseto

Argentario - Latitude 42-24 N, Longitude 11-09 E ( D-M ) [ point or promontory ]

This reference: Italy Gazetteer, United States Board On Geographical Names, Department of the Interior, Washington D.C., August 1956.

New Brunswick Close Encounter by Walter N. Webb
       Webb, a MUFON consultant in astronomy, contributes the Journal's monthly Night Sky column.
       Note: Since the primary witness/informant and her mother have requested anonymity, I have assigned fictitious first and last names to all the witnesses along with their neighbors in order to prevent any chance at identification. The street along which the sighting occurred is not identified.
       In July 1989 I spent a week on New Brunswick's Grand Manan Island, which is located in the Bay of Fundy between Maine and Nova Scotia. Measuring 15 by 7 miles, the scenic island has one main highway (Route 776) on its eastern side linking half a dozen picturesque fishing villages. The interior and western side of the island are covered with spruce forest and upland heath and are largely uninhabited. With the exception of Dark Harbour, the entire west coast is an inaccessible cliff wall towering some 300 feet high.
       On July 6 Mrs. Terence (Roberta) Wheeler of North Head led my companion and me on a walk along the North Head Fisherman's Wharf. As it happened, we were the only participants that morning. In referring to some of the legends and mysteries of Grand Manan, Roberta alluded briefly to balls of light rising from the ground somewhere on the island. She volunteered that she herself had sighted something even more mysterious. Other Grand Mananers also had reported sightings which they didn't like to talk about.
       Of course, I immediately expressed my interest in her experience. Although somewhat reluctant and embarrassed, she summarized what appeared to be a UFO close encounter when she was nine and living in Seal Cove, the island's southernmost village. A total of eight or nine family members and neighbors also witnessed the object.
       After carefully determining that I wasn't "a reporter for the National Enquirer,'' Roberta agreed to meet me for a more lengthy interview at a later time. She said she would try to encourage one or more of the others to talk with me about the sighting, although she couldn't guarantee that anyone else would be willing. She explained that islanders can be quite provincial and have a great fear of being ostracized by their neighbors for claiming to see such things as UFOs. (Sounds familiar!) At my request she agreed to show me where her encounter took place. Roberta Wheeler
is the wife of a fisherman, the mother of five children and age 32.
       Three days later on the 9th Roberta drove to my inn in North Head where we began the interview. Because of her time constraints, I had only about an hour to meet with her and drive the 12 miles to her parents' home in Seal Cove, where the experience occurred. Her parents and family were away at church services.
       The principal observer told me she spoke with a number of the other witnesses, but all were unwilling to be interviewed. Roberta and her mother (one of the observers) remained concerned that I might be connected with an American tabloid and asked to see my credentials. They didn't want the family's name in a newspaper. I reassured Roberta that I would not use real names in my report. Interestingly, her mother-in-law advised her to go ahead with the interview since the experience had haunted the young woman all these years. But even Roberta's mother, Bonnie Fenwick, hinted to her that she might be willing to write down her own recollection of the sighting for me later if I proved to be a legitimate researcher.
       Unfortunately, I was unprepared for a UFO investigation on my vacation and therefore didn't have my field equipment or tape recorder. I was able to photograph and sketch the site, however. Soon after I returned home, I wrote Roberta's mother, enclosing a MUFON sighting form and a bio of myself. I pointed out that while her daughter's observation details certainly were important, Roberta was a child of nine when the UFO sighting took place and thus an adult's recollection of the event would prove extremely valuable.
       After failing to hear from Mrs. Fenwick for more than 1 and 1/2 months, I telephoned Roberta August 31. She reported that her mother received my letter, did intend to cooperate, and would be

reminded "to get on it." Despite those assurances, as of November 1, I heard nothing from Mrs. Fenwick and therefore decided to proceed with this report minus the supporting testimony.
The Encounter
       Seal Cove is a picturesque little village, the center of which is nestled in a hollow around a sheltered tidal creek (Seal Cove Brook) lined with wharves and sheds. The outer harbor is protected by a seawall. Many of the island's lobster and scallop fishermen make the village their home port, and a sardine cannery and smoked herring are major industries there.
       Roberta's parents still live on the street where the 1966 UFO encounter happened. The witness thought she was nine years old at the time, placing the experience in the year 1966, and she felt that the month was definitely August.
       One evening she recalled sitting in the backyard "pouting" about something. The sky was clear and star-filled, and it was completely dark outside. She had been outdoors for perhaps a half hour (uncertain) when she spotted high up (elevation perhaps 60°) in the (southwest) sky a stationary, pulsing, white light. The time: about 9:30 or 10 (Atlantic Daylight Time?).
       After watching the star-like light for perhaps 10 to 15 minutes (uncertain), Roberta reported that the object suddenly dropped from the sky, approaching her rapidly and within seconds stopping just above a row of spruces behind their artificial rectangular pond about 300 feet away. (The trees are now gone, and the pond has been drained.)
       The woman described the now large object as a "neon pink line," bright but not blinding and without any detail or discrete lights on it. When asked to draw the UFO, Roberta sketched a long thin oval with pointed ends.
       Still alone in the backyard, the witness thought the craft might kidnap her. But she remembered what her mother had told her about getting into cars with strangers. "I had a choice," Roberta explained to me. "Either I could go aboard that thing or go tell my mother."
       Quickly the child rushed into the house through the back door. Her mother, Bonnie Fenwick, was on the telephone with Jennifer McCulloch, a friend around the corner on Church Street (Route 776). Roberta excitedly told Mrs. Fenwick about the "flying saucer," whereupon her mother instructed Mrs. McCulloch to go out and see the object. The neighbor's house was west of the pond and in a good position for someone to observe the UFO.
       Six members of the Fenwick family headed for the back door -- Roberta, Mrs. Fenwick, Grandmother Fenwick, Roberta's sisters Cynthia. age 10, and Shirley, about 5. and her brother Thomas, 8. Mrs. McCulloch, her son Allen, and a toddler Marjorie also went outside and observed the object. That meant a total of eight or nine witnesses.
       Roberta ran outdoors first and was surprised to find that the UFO had moved to a point behind the Robinson’s house to the left (southeast) of the pond. The object appeared closer and lower and was tilted to reveal a wider oval shape. In fact, the UFO hovered so close to the neighbor's house that, according to Roberta it turned the gray shingles on the side of that house pink. She remembered thinking the house was going to catch fire from the glowing light.
       When Roberta pointed out the Robinson house to me, I could see that it was three houses down the street from her parents' place and set farther back than the other houses toward a meadow that ran from the pond southeastward all the way to the coastline. She said the object hovered at or below the roofline of the Robinson house. (A garage now stands below where the UFO hovered.) I judged that the object would have been about 10 to 20 feet above the ground, possibly around 200 feet from Roberta, and perhaps 25 to 30 feet in diameter. (The witness guessed that the object was as long as the roof of the house.)
       As the rest of Roberta's family dashed into the yard, the disc-shaped object backed up above the meadow and started moving horizontally southeastward roughly parallel to the street. Roberta ran down her driveway and then turned down the street to follow the UFO. She saw it pass behind other houses, including the Sawyers'. As she reached the end of the street, the young witness watched the object advance toward the shoreline of the island, tilt up at an angle as it turned right (southward), and then go down behind trees at the shore. Although Roberta thought the UFO had dropped into the water, she never saw it actually enter the water. It is just as likely that the object

continued southward along the coast. The point of disappearance is not far south of the Seal Cove

Fisherman's Wharf.
       When the youngster ran back to her yard, she was aware that the rest of her family had observed the UFO. But her grandmother and her mother -- mindful of the strangeness of their sighting and the possibility of ridicule if they reported it -- told the young girl that "she never saw it" and should never tell anyone about what she witnessed.
       As an example of what can happen to someone on the island who reports a UFO, Roberta told me a woman named Rosalie Harvey "mentioned her sighting to townspeople and was ostracized for it."
       Roberta recalled that a couple of nights after her encounter there were reports of six or seven sightings in an area from south of Seal Cove north to Grand Harbour. She was unaware of specific details.
       The witnesses claimed that there were many sightings, or rumors of sightings, of strange phenomena on the island. She mentioned a ball of fire entering a house in Castalia during a thunderstorm. (I explained it as ball lightning.) A swampy area known as "Dog Hollow" emits balls of light. (My answer was swamp fire or will-o'-the-wisp.) Another time a fisherman near Cheney Island was rumored to have had some sort of experience that "turned his hair white overnight," according to my informant.
       Roberta Wheeler trusted me enough to describe some psychic or paranormal phenomena which she has experienced prior to and after her UFO experience. Before the sighting, she said she had the ability to see human auras in different colors. Following the UFO encounter, she was told not to speak of the sighting or about her perception of the aura. Roberta said she has been unable to see the aura ever since. However, beginning in her teen years, she said she started having out-of-body ex­periences which continue to the pre­sent day.
       It is impossible to evaluate this 1966 report fully for a number of reasons -- the limited time to properly investigate at the site, the unavailability of the other witnesses, the absence of my field equipment (I was vacationing), and the age of the encounter (23 years). Of the eight or nine probable witnesses, I was able to interview only Roberta. On the plus side, however, she would have had the longest and closest view of the UFO; on the debit side, she was nine years old when the sighting occurred. It would have been extremely helpful if I had had an adult's recollection of the experience. But Roberta's mother failed to respond to my request for her account of the event.
       Nevertheless, I was greatly impressed by Roberta, who certainly was unaware of my own UFO involvement when she first innocently alluded to her experience. Though at first understandably reluctant to trust a stranger with her story, she seemed genuinely interested in unburdening herself about this event which had had an obvious emotional impact throughout her life. The appearance of the object as a large glowing oval and its behavior (sudden rapid approach and hovering / moving silently at very low levels in proximity to dwellings) clearly place the sighting in the UFO category.
       Taking into account the limited nature of the investigation and other factors (no supporting testimony, age of the primary witness at the time of the sighting, age of the sighting itself), I believe the 1966 episode should be classified as a tentative unknown. I also give it a Paranet/Hynek Strangeness/Probability Rating of S5/P3 (Highly strange suggesting intelligent guidance / Somewhat credible or indeterminate).                                                                  
This reference: The MUFON Journal, No. 262, February 1990, pp. 9-11


North America – Canada, New Brunswick

Grand Manan Island    Latitude 44-42 N, Longitude 66-48 W ( D-M )
Bay of Fundy                Latitude 45-00 N, Longitude 66-00 W
North Head                  Latitude 44-46 N, Longitude 66-45 W
Seal Cove                    Latitude 44-39 N, Longitude 66-51 W
Although there are two Seal Cove’s the other one, Latitude 49-56 N, Longitude 56-24 W, doesn’t fit the coordinates of the other sites.
Reference: Canada gazetteer, Prepared in the Office of Geography, Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C., November 1953


CISU Case # 027
Location: S. Margherita ligure (GE)
CISU Classification: D ( Objects on the waters surface )
Evaluation: Insufficient Information

*** A green Light was seen on the surface of water and moved in fast movements.                       

This reference: USOCAT by The Italian Center for UFO Studies (CISU) © 1996 by Marco Bianchini.

      Original reference: “II Secolo XIX” of 9/15/1966
                                     A. Perego “The Extraterrestrial people are back” ed. ClSAER, page 99
                                    “ItaCat” case no. 6604


Europe – Italy, Genova

Santa Margherita Ligure – Latitude 44-20 N, Longitude 9-12 E ( D-M )

This reference: Italy Gazetteer, United States Board On Geographical Names, Department of the Interior, Washington D.C., August 1956.


On The International Scene

The Norwegian cargo ship "Moder" picked up a motionless airborne object on its radar screen while in the area of the Porsan Fjord in northern Norway on the 14th of December. Shortly after the radar contact the ship was lit up by an unknown object which fell softly into the Water at a distance of one hundred meters (about 450 feet). The residents in the Porsang Fjord area also sighted luminous flying objects in the sky. Police and Navy officers began an investigation. 

This reference: The A.P.R.O. Bulletin, January-February 1967, p. 7

With thanks to Larry Hatch’s *U* UFO Database, see



Unable to locate Porsan Fjord

Porsangerfjorden         Latitude 70-49-60 N, Longitude 26-0-0 E ( D-M-S )

                                    Latitude 70.8333 N, Longitude 26.000 E ( D.% )


??-??-1967  ( Year from 2nd article stating that it was “A second 1967 Canadian case” )

       Since publishing "The Question of Submerging UFOs," (Vol. IV, No. 5) we have received other reports of objects on or near bodies of water. One case is described by Barry A. Nason, New Brunswick, Canada. Nason was fishing in Trout Brook Lake, when a small UFO, estimated three feet in diameter, hit the water about 15 yards away.

       "It was traveling in a spinning fashion," Nason said. "It sprayed water seven or eight feet high … and made a terrible, loud sound." Nason crouched, fearing the UFO might come his way. The object then left the water and went into a clump of bushes, making "an awful commotion." It then flew back over the lake and submerged at one edge. Nason said he saw a big cloud of steam and heard a gurgling sound. For some time afterward, he stated, the water was covered with small waves.                                                                                                               

This reference: UFO Investigator, Vol. IV, No. 6 (May-June 1968), p. 3, with Thanks to the Donald E. Keyhoe Archives.


North America – Canada, New Brunswick

Trout Brook Lake – Latitude 46-23-00 N, Longitude 65-45-00 W ( D-M-S )



From the files of Blue Book – Air Force documents

Department of the Air Force, 72nd Bombardment Wing (SAC), APO New York 09845

Subject: UFO                            Dated 1 May 1967

To: Foreign Technology Division, Air Force Systems Command, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio

In accordance with the provisions of AFR 200-2, Paragraph 3, the following report is submitted on the subject sighting:

a. Description of Object:

       (1) Disc shaped object with two distinct levels (upper & lower deck). (2) Length of a   KC-

            135  [this is basically a 707 transport –CF-]. (3) Very bright – brilliant white. (4)

            One object. (6) Two level appearance – reddish looking band slightly above the


b. Description of Course of Object:

       (2) Zero (0°) as the object appeared to be floating on the water. [This is an obvious

            reference to the angle above the horizon that the object was seen at – CF-].

       (3) Forty five (45°). [This might be a reference to the departure angle – CF-]. (4)

            Object appeared to be floating or hovering just above the water and traveled a short

            distance from left to right and back. It then began to rise from the water traveling

            from right to left. At this time the picture was taken. Object then reversed its’ flight

            path and disappeared from view. (5) Object disappeared to the northeast. (6)

            Approximately five minutes [referring to length of sighting –CF-]

c. Manner of Observation:

       (1) Ground visual.

d. Time and Date of Sighting:

       (1) 16/1000Z – 1100Z (Approximately) – [April 16th between 10am and 11am GMT-


e. Location of Observer:

        Beach – Northeast corner of Ramey Air Force Base.

f. Identifying Information of Observer:

        (2) [Names blacked out]

g. Weather and Winds – Aloft Conditions at time and place of Sightings:

       [Omitted here for space]

k. Robert D. Williamson, Captain, USAF, Chief, Combat Intelligence Branch, 72d Bomb Wing (SAC). Comments: It is the opinion of the preparing officer that Airman Padilla and Henry are reliable and stable individuals. They are not the publicity seeking type. Airman Padilla was particularly concerned that the other people would think him a “Nut” if his sighting became public. After having discussed this sighting with other members of the Intelligence Division and letting the Prediction and Interpretation Section examine the 35 mm slide, this seems to be a creditable sighting incident.

       (1) One (1) 35 mm color slide taken by Airman Padilla.

Signed: Robert D. Williamson, Captain, USAF, UFO Representative, Intelligence Division.      

This reference: USAF documents from Project Blue Book. Information Only Cases (No BB Index Card)

       Secondary reference (On Photo) “Project Blue Book” edited by Brad Steiger, © 1976.


Central America - Puerto Rico (Caribbean Sea)

Beach – Northeast corner of Ramey Air Force Base.

Punta Agujereada        Latitude 18-31 N, Longitude 67-08 W (D-M) [a point on the northeast corner of Ramey Air Force Base]

Reference: Gazetteer No. 38, Puerto Rico, The Virgin Islands and Other Islands and Banks in the Caribbean, Prepared in the Office of Geography, Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C., April 1958.


       June 3, 1967, Ontario, Canada. Shortly after 10 p.m., a Lake Kipissing buoy tender observed green and white lights between two small islands. Thinking another boatman might be in trouble, the buoy tender headed toward the lights. He was about 100 feet away when the lights rose from the water "with a whoosh" and sped off into the night.                                                

This reference: UFO Investigator, a NICAP publication, Vol. 4, No. 5 p. 5, (March 1968) with Thanks to the Donald E. Keyhoe Archives.

       Secondary references: No Earthly Explanation, by John Wallace Spencer, pp. 94-102,

                                            Published 1974

UFOCAT PRN – NONE but similar to 96010 and 43666

North America – Canada, ??
Lake Kipissing – There is no lake “Kipissing” in the gazetteer or online gazetteer sites, but there is a lake “Kississing” Latitude 55-10-11 N, Longitude 101-20-02 W ( D-M-S ), BUT this location is not in Ontario but in Manitoba, which is next to Ontario.


Captain Ardanza and crew, Naviero, 120 mi off Cape Santa Maria Grande, Brazil; 6:15 PM

Report Summary

"...Captain Ardanza beheld a shining object in the sea no more than about 50 feet away on the starboard side. It was cigar-shaped and he estimated its length at about 105-110 feet. It had a powerful blue and white glow, made no noise whatsoever, and left no wake in the water. There was no sign of any periscope, or railing, or tower, or superstructure… no control surfaces or protruding parts... [ it ] paced [ the ship ] for 15 minutes... [ estimated speed ] up to 25 knots. [ It ] suddenly dived and passed right under the [ ship ] and vanished rapidly in the depths at great speed. As it went, it glowed brightly below the water... The possibility that the object seen was a whale or a conventional type of submarine is ruled out... The case has been classified by the Argentine maritime authorities as an "Unidentified Submarine Object". [ footnote 1 ]

Artist's conception from Phenomenes Spatiaux, created by Joel Mesnard, Sept 1968

Phenomenes Spatiaux no. 15 (March 1968) p. 30

In the" Vanguardia ", from Barcelona, dated 1st Oct. 1967, appeared an information sent to us by Mr. Joan Crexells, whom we thank. This the translation:

"Seagoing saucer" To the comments and guesses which are made here about the real existence of the flying saucers is added now a serious and trustworthy testimony, the one from Julian Ardanza, captain of the Argentinian merchant ship "Naviero". Upon his arrival in Buenos Aires, he fully confirmed what he already said in his radio message sent from the sea: "At the level of Brazil, he was surprised by a strange object which emitted a strong bluish glow and sailed parallel to his ship during 18 minutes. At one point, the object dived and went under the ship to go back to the surface on the other side." It was shaped like a cigar. It was like a submarine but without conning tower or any protruding part on its surface. It was also observed by first officer Julio Montoya and a few sailors, which created the ensuing alert. The encounter happened at the level of the gulf of Santa Catarina, facing the Brazilian coast. The captain denied it was a submarine. And even less a whale. At a speed of 25 knots the object went away leaving behind it an intense light. "Upon his arrival, captain Ardanza was besieged by journalists and his testimony has enriched the already copious chronicle of similar events happening in Argentina the last days."

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Phenomenes Spatiaux no. 16 (June 1968) p. 13-14

From diving to "sinking", by Rene Fouere

In our last issue, we made a mistake regarding the diving "saucer". Being too used to call "saucer" a mostly flying vehicle, while reading the text, quite short, of "La Vanguardia" about the strange object which sailed parallel to the "Naviero", we interpreted "sailed" as flying. We even, in our comments, presented some considerations based upon this interpretation about which, reading in the FSR March-April 1968 p. 22 the article by Mr. Oscar Galindez, we found out that it was wrong. At least apparently as if, one might think, the diving "saucer" was of extra-terrestrial origin, it had to be in the air before going on the water surface or in the water. Nevertheless Captain Ardanza and the men from his crew saw it only on the sea or under the sea.

       Mr Galindez's article brings us interesting precisions [precise information? Ed.] and, first, gives us the time of the sighting ( 18.15 local time which is 22.15 universal time ) and the coordinates of the place: L: 28° 48' S and G: 46° 44' W, these coordinates defining a point located approximately 220 km east of the cape Santa Marta Grande and where the depths are more than a thousand meters. This article tells us also that the strange "submarine" was seen very close, at a distance of about 15 meters and had a length of about 30 meters. It had no periscope, no conning tower, no guard rail, no superstructures. That is to say no horizontal rudder, no vertical rudder, no protruding parts. It was noiseless. It is not said that it went under the "Naviero" to reappear on the other side but that, suddenly, it dived right under the ship, at high speed, towards the depths, to disappear quickly and that while it was going down it could still be seen under the water, brightly illuminated. It didn't leave behind any wake (our emphasis).

       We found too, about this same incident, a few more complementary details in a document kindly sent to us by our sevillan correspondent Mr. Ignacio Darnaude. This document is a photocopy of an article published in the Buenos Aires newspaper "La Voz del Interior" dated 3 August 1967. This article precises [states? Ed.] that the night was dark and the sea phosphorescent. This last point doesn't surprise us as the sighting happened in the open sea off the Cape Santa Marta Grande where we ourselves observed, each time we were there, waters with an intense, homogeneous and fairylike phosphorescence. It is said that the object was 4 to 5 meters wide and was itself showing a very strong phosphorescence but its color, an azure white ('blanc azure': a very light bluish white - JLR), contrasted strongly with the Nile green color, which is light green, of the sea.

       According to "La Voz del Interior", this phosphorescent object was on the starboard side 9 meters ahead of the forecastle and, first, sailed parallel to the "Naviero" at a depth of 15 to 20 meters - which is corresponding quite well, it seems, with the distance given by Mr Galindez in his article. According to Captain Ardanza, the object didn't follow a natural course but "sailed", in the voluntary meaning of the word (<< para mi navegaba no se desplazaba >>). After a while, the object speeded [sped, Ed.] up and, starting a turn toward the port side, went under the hull of the ship, to reappear on the starboard side at the level of the No. 2 hold and disappeared going approximately to 145° ( S 35 E?).

       It will be noted that it [was? was not? Ed.] detected by the radar and never came to the surface during the sighting. Even it is not clearly said, it seems the strong light emitted by this singular "submarine" was not produced by one or several discreet and more or less localised sources, by lights or searchlights located on some points of its hull but by the entire surface of the hull. Furthermore the relation of the incident as written on the logbook of the "Naviero" specifies that << the body showed a quite clear outline (" silueta" ) >> ( our emphasis ) and, upon his arrival in Buenos Aires, Captain Ardanza declared that in his telegram sent from the high sea to the Argentinian National Sea Prefecture, he should not have mentioned an << illuminated >>
( << iluminado >> ) object but a << luminous >> ( << luminoso >> ) object. We must add that, the << submarine >> sailing at 15 or 20 meters depth, if it had not been entirely luminous, it would have been difficult to see its outline, [e] specially through this kind of phosphorescent sea found off the Cape Santa Marta Grande, and which is familiar to us. Usually very weak, the phosphorescence of the sea becomes intense only with a superficial movement exciting the innumerable animalcules responsible for it and one knows that at 15 or 20 meters deep there is practically nothing left of the surface movement. It is thus mainly the surface which is lighted and, in our case, the veil of light created could only hamper the sighting of a dark object below. If our interpretation is correct and if the light - which must have been diffused [diffuse? Ed.] as seems to be indicated by the term << phosphorescence >> - was coming from the entire surface of the object, one cannot see how a << submarine >> surrounded by this strange light could have come from any terrestrial shipyard. Furthermore it had no upper works, no helms [rudders? Ed.] and even nowhere it is said that a propeller was observed !

       Mr. Raymond Lucas, one of our vice-presidents (of the GEPA - JLR), told us that a sperm whale might have the same approximate dimensions than this object, but how can we imagine a sperm whale doing [ these ] kind of moves around a ship at night? Furthermore will remain the problem of the light, light which cannot even be attributed to animalcules being in the depths and whose luminescence, excited by the movement of the object, would have created around its hull a sheath of light as the color, azure white, of the light emitted by the object contrasted with the light, greenish, produced by these animalcules.

       Still according to "La Voz del Interior", Captain Ardanza affirmed again that the object didn't leave a wake ( << reiterando que estela non dejaba >> ), which confirms the indication already given in Mr Galindez's article. But how to understand exactly this indication? According to Mr. Lucas, it is not sure that an object with this volume, sailing at that speed ( 25 knots or approximately 46 km/h ) and that depth would leave a wake at the surface. However it should have left one at its own level - and which could have been visible either because caught in the rays of light coming from the object or even because of the luminescence created in the depth by its eddy (or wash ? - JLR). In any case, as long as Captain Ardanza said again and again that the object didn't leave any wake, we can assume that with his experience as a sailor he was expecting one and was surprised, even struck, not to find one. It is not forbidden to assume too that, in his mind, this absence of wake could also mean an absence of propeller as a propeller always creates whirls. We must emphasize that the seriousness and objectivity of the sighting is comforted [supported? Ed.] by the unchallengeable fact the captain of the "Naviero" was enough worried by this unforeseeable escort under water to not hesitate to send immediately a radio telegram to the Argentinian National Sea Prefecture. His [worry] was even more understandable as his ship, traveling at a cruise speed of 17 knots, transported military explosives.

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Phenomenes Spatiaux no. 23 (March 1970) p. 18

About the "Naviero ", our investigation [continues]. We mentioned the" Naviero" incident in our issue no. 15 p. 30. We spoke about it again in our last issue p. 13 and noticed that the stories reported by the different sources of information presented some significant and quite embarrassing differences. Willing to know more, we kept our investigation running by writing to our Argentinian collaborators who answered us with a kindness we cannot thank enough. Mr. Gainza Paz has given us all the necessary informations to write directly to Captain Ardanza himself. But if Captain Ardanza answers us, it will not be soon as he was near the Ghana coast when Mr. Gainza Paz gave us the exact address of the shipping company employing him.

       Mr. Oscar Galindez took the time to answer very promptly and in detail to the questions we asked him. Thus we can give to our readers, thanks to him, the following indications of which they will appreciate the importance:

1/ The object was detected on the radar.

2/ When it was seen the first time, it was resting on the sea: captain Ardanza mentioned an object "half submerged".

3/ The object was on the starboard side, 15 meters ahead of the forecastle and sailed parallel to the "Naviero" for 15 minutes.

4/ It was without portholes, propellers, fins or any protruding part.

5/ It didn't leave any visible wake on the surface.

6/ It was luminous and the intensity of the light it emitted was the same everywhere.

7/ It was shaped like a "Havana" cigar and a length of approximately 30 meters.

8/ It submerged and went under the "Naviero" but didn't emerge on the other side of the ship. Captain Ardanza and first officer Julio Montoya were both witnesses of the phenomenon. They didn't call the other sailors - who were having supper - because they thought the sailors could panic, the "Naviero" transporting explosives.

9/ The sea was phosphorescent and the phenomenon was completely noiseless. Mr. Galindez added he thought he could get from Mr. Alberto Ramos, the radio [officer] of the "Naviero", a drawing of the object, drawing he has not received yet. While waiting, he tried to do for us, according to all the informations he received, an approximate drawing of the observed object. We reproduce this drawing.

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The following from Jean-Luc Rivera who kindly provided all of the Phenomena Spatieux articles above...

I hope my translation is not too bad; I didn't have time to smooth it and I am not familiar with sailing and nautical terms. I have found in an article entitled "Le mystere marin des UFOs" ( "The marine mystery of UFOs" ) by Oscar A. Galindez, a passage devoted to the "Naviero" incident with some very important new details.

Phenomenes Spatiaux no. 23 (March 1970) p. 18

<< .... In December 1969, the C.A.D.I.U. ( Centro Argentino de Investigaciones Ufologicas ) was granted a meeting with the officer Jorge Montoya who, amongst the crew members of the Argentinian cargo ship "Naviero", was the first to see the tubular phenomenon of the Gulf of Santa Catarina, incident which happened on 30 July 1967 [Note conflict with date from Sanderson, above, Ed.], in front of the Brazilian coast, at nightfall. The present magazine has dealt several times with this incident so it doesn't seem useful to report the main story. But faced [with] the declarations of Officer Montoya, it is necessary to bring a few complementary details. The witness told us that, while he was going to the stem of the ship being on the starboard side, he noticed, not deeply, some kind luminous projection of a great length. [At] first it didn't seem important as he assumed it was the reflection in the water from the lights going through the row of portholes of the "Naviero". But immediately he changed his opinion because this luminosity was near the stern where there were no portholes. Observing closely he noticed it was some kind of << tube >>, 30 meters long and 1 meter to 1m 50 in diameter, moving at the same speed [as] the "Naviero" ( approximately 17 knots ) and at about 3 to 5 meters deep (this detail is important because it corrects the version given by the newspapers speaking of a << half submerged >> object with part of the hull at water level). In spite of it, the outline of the phenomenon was sharp and uniform. It didn't look like any whale or any animal. On all its length it was the same diameter, it was of the same size. Its brightness of light was a yellowish white (and not bluish as said in the papers) and didn't seem to come from a precise spot as the entire surface of the object was fluorescent. The officer didn't hear any engine noise and didn't notice any whirl created by the object moving. For 15 minutes the object went along with the "Naviero" being only 15 meters away from the ship. This is why Captain Julian Lucas Ardanza - thinking about the chances of running into it - gave orders to the helmsman to change course very gradually if he was given such order. But it was not necessary. The << object >> turned 90° went under the ship and gained quickly some depth at a speed of 25 knots. When it turned there was no deformation of its linear structure which ruled out even more the possibility of some kind of unknown animal. First Officer Montoya promised us to give us a copy of the logbook on which were noted the other significant details of the phenomenon.

       I searched Phenomenes Spatiaux until the end of 1972 without finding any more news about

the “Naviero”. (JLR)

FSR Vol 14 No 2 March/April 1968p 22


Senor Galindez has been correspondent of Flying Saucer Review in Argentina since 1962

       A TOPIC which seems to be connected with the UFO problem is that of the mysterious submarine bodies which have been observed in the seas of our world. Many of these cases appear in fact to be part of the astonishing enigma of the Unidentified Flying Objects.

       Not long ago consideration was being given by FLYING SAUCER REVIEW to these marine aspects of the phenomenon,* and some authors have suggested the possibility of underwater UFO bases in areas where these strange happenings have been recorded.

       I would like to relate a recent occurrence which is quite sensational in comparison with most of those reported so far. My sources are press reports which appeared in the Argentine newspapers La Razon Cordoba and Los Principios.

       On July 30, 1967, the Argentine steamer Naviero, belonging to the Argentine Shipping Lines Company, was some 120 miles off the coast of Brazil, opposite Cape Santa Marta Grande
(Lat. 28 48 S., Long. 46 43 W.) in the State of Santa Catarina, when an elongated submarine craft was sighted. The time was about 6.15 p.m. Argentine time (10.15 p.m.G.M.T.), and the Naviero was running at 17 knots.

       The officers and crew were at their evening meal at the time. The Master, Captain Julian Lucas Ardanza, received a call on the intercom system from one of his officers, Jorge Montoya, to the effect that there was something strange near the ship.

       Arriving at once on deck, Captain Ardanza beheld a shining object in the sea no more than about 50ft. away on the starboard side. It was cigar-shaped and he estimated its length at about 105 to 110ft. It had a powerful blue and white glow, made no noise whatsoever and left no wake in the water. There was no sign of any periscope or railing or tower or superstructure, in other words no external control surfaces or protruding parts.

       The mystery craft paced the Naviero for 15 minutes. Captain Ardanza estimated its speed at 25 knots, as against the 17 of his own vessel (an old Liberty-type ship built in the U.S.A.).

       The next development however was disconcerting to say the least. The mystery craft suddenly dived and passed right under the Naviero and vanished rapidly in the depths at great speed. As it went it glowed brightly beneath the water.

       The Naviero was carrying explosives and gunpowder, and in order to stave off any panic among the crew should they get the idea into their heads that they were being "pursued" because of this type of cargo, Captain Ardanza and his officers judged it prudent to assemble the crew and tell them what had been seen.

       In the subsequent interviews with reporters from the Argentine press, the Captain said that during his twenty years at sea he had never seen anything like that before. Chief Officer Carlos Lasca described the object as "a submergible UFO with its own illumination".

       The possibility that the object seen was a whale or a conventional type of submarine is ruled out. The witnesses were firm in their insistence that the "luminous cigar" looked totally different from a submarine or a whale and could not possibly have been either of these things.

       The case has been classified by the Argentine maritime authorities as an "unidentified submarine object".


Gordon Creighton, Argentina 1962 (Pedro Atilli's experience) and item about Soviet submarines, FSR, July/August 1964, pp. I I and 13.

Antonio Ribera, UFOs and the Sea, FSR, November/December 1964, P. 8.

W. S. Robertson, UFOs and the Scottish Seas, FSR, May/June 1965, p 36

Antonio Ribera, More About UFOs and the Sea, FSR, November/December 1965. p. 17.

H. J. Hinfelaar, Submarine Craft in Australasian Waters, FSR, July/August 1966, p. 28.

Hynek Classification                    ?
Original Vallee Classification      ?

Current Vallee Classification       ?
Minimum Distance                      
50 feet
Object                                           Luminous blue / white cigar (though one witness claimed

                                                      yellowish white).
Appearance                                  No features.
Object Behavior                           Followed ship, dove underneath ship, disappeared. No

                                                      deformation of object in turn.
Physical Effect                             None - not even a wake! However, was detected on

                                                     radar (sonar?)
Medical Effect                              None

Comments / Conclusion             Within speed and size range for blue whale, but luminosity,

lack of wake, lack of streamlining, and lack of deformation in mm weigh against this



1. Invisible Residents, Ivan T. Sanderson, 70-124287                                                            

This reference:    
With My Thanks to Mark Cashman for allowing me to post his accumulated texts on this case to my web site.
Copyright 1999 by Mark Cashman (unless otherwise indicated), All Rights Reserved

Original references: Argentine newspaper articles in “La Razón”, “Córdoba” and “Los Principios”.

References used in publication date order::

Buenos Aires newspaper "La Voz del Interior" dated 3 August 1967 (Used in P.S. #16)

" La Vanguardia ", from Barcelona, dated 1st Oct. 1967 as translated and published in

Phenomenes Spatiaux no. 15 (March 1968) p. 30

FSR Vol. 14 No 2 March/April 1968p 22. Note date error of 07-30-1967

Phenomenes Spatiaux no. 16 (June 1968) p. 13-14

Phenomenes Spatiaux no. 23 (March 1970) p. 18

Invisible Residents, Ivan T. Sanderson, pp. 23-24, 1970. Note date error of 07-30-1967

UFOCAT PRN 88295 Dated 07-30-1967 because reference used was FSR Vol. 14, No. 2

            No location

South America – Brazil and Argentina

Cape Santa Marta Grande, Brazil    Latitude 28-38 S, Longitude 48-45 W ( D-M )

Buenos Aires, Argentina                  Latitude 34-36 S, Longitude 58-27 W

Gulf of Santa Catarina                     Latitude 27-37 S, Longitude 48-34 W

Reference: Brazil Gazetteer, published January 1963 and Argentina Gazetteer, published February 1968. Both gazetteers prepared in the Office of Geography, Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C.

  [ take your pick ]

Although press reports did not reach the United States, Venezuela, along with her spate of reports of diminutive Saucer pilots, in August, 1967, experienced some strange visitations involving objects coming out of the sea. On the 4th of August, Hugo Sierra Yepes, an engineer, was on the beach about sixteen miles north of Recife. It was early morning but the atmosphere was clear and the visibility very good. He was suddenly startled to see a disc-shaped object, which appeared to be two concavities joined by a ring, Coming out of the water some distance from the shore. The ring, which seemed to join the two parts, had triangles of blue and red on it, but the main body was gray, apparently metallic, and, appeared, to be about six meters (eighteen feet) in diameter. Once out of the sea, the object hovered for a few seconds at an altitude of about one meter (forty inches), then rose slowly toward the east, and finally picked up tremendous speed and disappeared into the sky. Yepes estimated that the whole incident took no more than one minute from the time he first spied the object until it was out of sight.    

This reference: UFOs Over The Americas, by Jim & Coral Lorenzen, p.54, Pub. 1968


South American Cases

       In August, 1967 two Venezuelan sightings were reported. On Aug. 4, Dr. Hugo Sierra Yepez was fishing from his boat, north of Arrecife. Suddenly he felt a vibration, and the sea "began to boll in big bubbles, in a … circle about six meters in diameters." A gray-blue, flat globe then emerged, Dr. Yepez stated. As it hovered close to the surface, dripping water, he noticed a revolving section with triangular windows. The UFO, he said, ascended in curve, then shot upward into space,                                                                                                                  

This reference: UFO Investigator, a publication of NICAP, Vol. 4, No. 5, p.5 (March 1968)

       Secondary reference: Invisible Residents by Ivan T. Sanderson, p. 44, 1970


South America - Venezuela


Recife – The report states that the sighting was in Venezuela, but a check of the U.S. Governments gazetteer of Venezuela has no “Recife”. This was also true of online gazetteers. However there is a “Recife” in Brazil and it is on the ocean.

Recife, Brazil – Latitude 8-3-0 S, Longitude 34-53-60 W ( D-M-S )

                        Latitude –8.0500, Longitude 34.9000 ( D.% )


However in the second report city is spelled “Arrecife” which is listed in the online gazetteer.

Arrecife, Venezuela      Latitude 10-34-60 N, Longitude 67-4-60 W ( D-M-S )

                                    Latitude 10.5833 N, Longitude 67.0833 W ( D.% )


NOTE that the last name of the Doctor is spelled differently “Yepes” and “Yepez” in the two reports.


Four days later, on the 8th, Evangelic Pastor Estanislao Lugo Contreras of Salina, Venezuela, was at the shore shortly after dark when he saw an object which he described as disc-shaped and giving off a very bright orange glow. The disc rose out of the sea at about 500 meters (1650 feet) from shore, hovered for a few seconds, then, as in the Yepes incident; rose obliquely into the sky, disappearing within seconds. Unlike Yepes, Pastor Contreras heard what he described as a "buzzing" sound.

 When he first noticed the phenomenon, Contreras was attracted by the fact that the sea started to "wrinkle up" or "stir up" in a vast round area. The color of the water in that particular area--Salina is six miles north of the resort city of Arrecifes--is much darker than elsewhere nearby, so the change was easily noticeable. A few moments after the stirring up was noticed, the water began to turn a lighter hue, then a light-blue shade which was very intense. The area continued to grow lighter, then turned whitish, then yellowish, and lastly a brilliant orange shade. Contreras then noticed the sound of the object, which he described as "intense and deafening"; he also felt a tingling sensation in his feet. At this point the huge "pancake"-shaped object emerged from the sea, hovered, and left toward Maiquetía in a slanting ascending pattern.                             

This reference: UFOs Over The Americas, by Jim & Coral Lorenzen, pp. 54-55, © 1968

       Secondary reference: Passport to Magonia by Jacques Vallee, p. 349, Pub. 1969

UFOCAT PRN – 56825, No Location

South America - Venezuela

Salina               Latitude 10-36-32 N, Longitude 62-16-39 W ( D-M-S )

                        Latitude 10.6089 N, Longitude 62.2775 W ( D.% )

Arrecifes           Latitude 10-35 N, Longitude 67-05 W ( D-M )

Maiquetía         Latitude 10-36 N, Longitude 66-57 W ( Near Caracas )

Reference: Venezuela Gazetteer, Prepared in the Office of Geography, Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C., August 1961.

08-25-1967 ( See 08-27-1967  Date error on someone’s part )

(Note: The year is derived from previous article on the same page)

       At 5 p.m., August 25, “three huge plate-shaped disks” were reportedly sighted by witness Ruben Norato, who was on the beach at Cartia La Mar, Venz. Norato said he first saw a "precipitous movement" of the water” out of which the discs appeared, and then streaked out of sight.                                                                                                                                      

This reference: The UFO Investigator (NICAP), Vol. IV, No. 5, March 1968, p. 5

With thanks to Larry Hatch’s *U* UFO DATABASE, see

       Secondary references: Invisible Residents, by Ivan T. Sanderson, p. 44, © 1970

pre.cip.i.tous adj. 1. As steep as or consisting of a precipice; very steep. 2. Headlong and downward in motion. 3. Headlong in disposition; precipitate; hasty.

New Illustrated Webster's Dictionary Of The English Language © 1992

UFOCAT PRN – 69653 ( No Location ) Ref. The UFO Investigator (NICAP), Vol. IV, No. 5

South America - Venezuela

Cartia La Mar – Latitude 10-36 N, Longitude 67-02 W ( D-M )

Reference: Venezuela Gazetteer, Prepared in the Office of Geography, Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C., August 1961.

08-27-1967  ( See 08-25-1967 )

       The next similar incident was a daytime sighting, taking place at 5:00 P.M. on the 27th of August. Mr. Ruben Norato was on a rock on the beach at Catia la Mar, looking out to sea. He noticed a disturbance in the water, as if the ocean was "boiling," and thought he was about to see some porpoises at play; he was startled when, one after another, three disc-shaped gray objects emerged from the spot and flew off out to sea.                                                         

This reference: UFOs Over The Americas, by Jim & Coral Lorenzen, p. 55, Pub. 1968

       Secondary reference: Unexplained Mysteries of the 20th Century, by Janet and Colin Bord,
                                                p. 172, Published 1989


South America - Venezuela

Cartia La Mar – Latitude 10-36 N, Longitude 67-02 W ( D-M )

Reference: Venezuela Gazetteer, Prepared in the Office of Geography, Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C., August 1961.


UAO Dives Into Sea At Nova Scotia

       One of the more detailed and well documented sightings out of Canada took place on the night of October 4 at about 11:05 p.m. At that time several individuals observed a row of lights which glided into the water. The first report came from five young people between the ages of 15 and 20 years old who saw three or four distinct lights arranged in a straight row, the total of which appeared to be the size of a large aircraft coming down at an angle of 45 degrees toward the water. The object was lost to sight when it passed behind a low hill, after which time the witnesses observed a single white light apparently resting on the water at a point which they estimated to be about 200 or 300 yards off shore in the Barrington Passage.

      The witnesses, who were in a car, immediately notified the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. When Corporal Ron O'Brian, one of three officers who went to the scene arrived, a light which he compared to that of a flash light was apparently on the surface of the water about 300 yards off shore. Two of the officers went for a rowboat and one stayed and watched the light which extinguished five minutes later. About ten minutes after the light went out the two RCMPs were at the spot where the object was believed to have been seen. There was nothing to be seen except a patch of yellowish foam made up of 1 to 1 ½ inch bubbles, the total of which was between 30 and 40 yards across. Fishermen in the area felt that this foam was not normal tidal foam.

       Other subsequent reports by residents in the general area indicated that at least a dozen people were witnesses to the phenomenon. One observer said that he noticed a brief streak of light coming from a point between the first and third lights and also heard a whistling sound, A check was made with aeronautical authorities and it was found that there were no aircraft missing in that area. The object apparently landed in Cocherwit Passage which is between Cape Sable Island and the mainland. Two girls in their mid twenties who were driving on Cape Sable reported, independent of the other observers, that .they had observed three yellow lights which tilted, then descended. After that they observed a yellow light on the water.

      On the following Friday Navy divers were organized for a search which began on Saturday morning. To this date there is no indication that anything was found. It should be noted here that a disc, apparently in trouble, fell into the Peropava River in Brazil in the fall of 1963. Despite extensive operations with diving equipment as well as metal detection equipment, nothing was found in this instance either.

       APRO's Nova Scotia members were instrumental in getting a quick report to headquarters after which Mr. Lorenzen notified the University of Colorado Committee so that they could affect immediate investigation.                                                                                                         

This reference: The A.P.R.O. Bulletin, September/October, 1967, p. 7

NOTE: For a more encompassing treatment of this event, see the book “Dark Object” researchers, Chris Styles & Don Ledger, © 2001.

       Secondary reference: UFOs Over The Americas by Jim & Coral Lorenzen, pp. 56-57, 1968

                                          Invisible Residents by Ivan T. Sanderson, pp. 44-45, 1970

Original references: Yarmouth , Nova Scotia, “Light Herald”,12 October 1967

                                   Halifax, Nova Scotia “Chronicle Herald”, 6 October 1967

UFOCAT PRN -    46478 Ref. The APRO Bulletin, September 1967, p. 7

UFOCAT PRN -    56829 Ref. UFOs Over The Americas, C. Lorenzen, p. 57

UFOCAT PRN – 136841 Ref Richard Dolan( R.Dolan1) #499-281

North America – Canada, Nova Scotia

Barrington Passage     Latitude 43-31 N, Longitude 65-36 W ( D-M )

Halifax                          Latitude 43-39 N, Longitude 63-35 W

Baccaro                        Latitude 43-27 N, Longitude 65-28 W [ Baccaro Point ]

Clark's Harbour            Latitude 43-27 N, Longitude 65-38 W

Wood’s Harbor             Latitude 43-31 N, Longitude 65-44 W [ From “Dark Object” ]

Cocherwit Passage      Unable to locate.                                 [ From “Dark Object” ]

Shelburne Harbor        Latitude 43-46 N, Longitude 65-19 W [ From “Dark Object” ]

McNutt Island   Latitude 43-38 N, Longitude 65-17 W             [ From “Dark Object” ]

Reference: Canada Gazetteer, Prepared in the Office of Geography, Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C., November 1953

Shag Harbour  Latitude 43-43 N, Longitude 65-05 W ( D-M ) [ Shag Island or Shag Rock ]

Cape Sable IslandLatitude 43-55 N, Longitude 59-55 W         [ From “Dark Object” ]

Cape Roseway Latitude 43-37-00 N, Longitude 65-16-00 W ( D-M-S )[ From “Dark Object” ]

Government Point        Latitude 43-40-00 N, Longitude 65-16-00 W   [ From “Dark Object” ]

UFO Location ( UFOCAT ) Latitude 43.53 N, Longitude 65.62 W ( D.% )   UFOCAT   46478

UFO Location ( UFOCAT ) Latitude 43.5 N, Longitude 65.7                       UFOCAT 136841


       Note: The following sighting was also reported in the UFO Investigator with the date of
10-13-1967 and by Jacque Vallee in “Passport to Magonia” with a date of 10-27-1967. However I believe that the following is the most accurate version of it, as the source is, newspaper articles from India, and several more villages are mentioned. (Carl Feindt).


Shillong saucer

       Very few reports ever reach this REVIEW from the Indian sub-continent, so it was particularly interesting to read these accounts from “The Times of India” of October 18 and 19 respectively:--

       "Shillong, October 17: An object resembling a flying saucer was noticed on Friday evening near Laitkor village, 18 miles from Shillong, the police said here today. The object was reportedly seen racing across the sky with a loud report, According to some villagers, trees past which the object had cut its way carried marks that looked tike saw cuts.

       "P.T.I. adds: The object is said to have landed in a running stream, close to the dak bungalow of Dympep village, 16 miles from Shillong, on Friday evening.

       "The flying saucer was first noticed by Laitkor villagers, where it was reported to have spun like a top 500 feet above the earth, emitting bright red and green lights.

       "Reports quoting eye-witnesses stated that the object sucked and churned the water with loud and deafening explosions. From the stream, the object flew towards Mawkdok village, three miles away, and then towards the dense woods.--P.T.l,"

       "Shillong, October 18: Police inquiries yesterday into the appearance of a mysterious saucer-shaped flying object in the Khasi Hills of Assam last Friday, revealed that considerable damage has been done to the dense vegetation in the Lum Swer forest through which the flying object is reported to have passed before disappearing,

       "The villagers of nearby area, roughly half-way between Cherrapunjee and Shillong, testified that they heard three loud sounds during the half an-hour while the 'saucer' was hovering about in the neighbourhood.

"The eastern wing of the Indian Air Force is reportedly probing into the mysterious incident.--P.T.l,"

       An explanation followed in “The Times of India” of October 20, from which we quote the opening paragraphs:--

       "The appearance of a mysterious object, said to resemble a 'flying saucer', at Laitkorh village in Khasi hills on Friday, has been explained as a meteorological phenomenon.

       "An inquiry conducted by a magistrate, Air Force authorities and the police reached the conclusion that the episode was 'a meteorological phenomenon termed a whirlwind of high intensity' but of a local nature only."

--Credit: Jal N. D. Tata of Bombay.                                                                                          

This reference: Flying Saucer Review, Vol. 14, No. 1, p. iii, January/February 1968.

       Secondary references:

                        UFO Investigator, Vol. IV, No. 3, Nov.-Dec. 1967, p. 3.With Thanks to the

                                Donald E. Keyhoe archives.

                        UFO Investigator, a NICAP publication, Vol. 4, No. 5 p. 5, (March 1968)  With

                                Thanks to the Donald E. Keyhoe Archives.

                        Passport to Magonia by Jacques Vallee, p. 354, published 1969

                        Invisible Residents by Ivan T. Sanderson, p. 228, published 1970

                        Lumières dans la Nuit, “Les Pins”,  92 (date unknown)

UFOCAT  PRN – 108237 Date 10-13-1967 Ref. UFO Investigator March 1968. Note – city

          misspelled “Oympep”, should be “Dympep”

UFOCAT  PRN –   NONE - Ref. UFO Investigator, Vol. IV, No. 3, Nov.-Dec. 1967, p. 3

UFOCAT  PRN –   76813 Date 10-17-1967 Ref. Invisible Residents

UFOCAT  PRN –   NONE - Ref. Flying Saucer Review, Vol. 14, No. 1, p. iii, Jan/Feb 1968.

UFOCAT  PRN –   46982 Date 10-27-1967 Ref. Vallee/LDLN

Sothern Asia - India
City of Shillong             Latitude 25-34 N, Longitude 91-53 E ( D-M )

Village of Dympep        Latitude 25-25 N, Longitude 91-45 E

Village of Laitkor          Latitude 25-30 N, Longitude 91-50 E

Village of Mawkdok (Possible misspelling ?) Mawdoh 25.40 N, 91.20 E, Mowdok 21.30 N, 92.35 E
Mawdon 25.10 N, 91.30 E.

Khasi Hills of Assam – Khasi is a state (Three villages named Kasi found)

Cherrapunjee (Found – Cherrapunji) Lat. 25.18 N,  Long. 92.42 E

Shillong & Dympep are in the state of Meghalaya.

(Ref. Gazetteer of India and Pakistan Vol. 1, Nov. 1950, Sheet #78 O )

UFO location (UFOCAT) Latitude 25. 57 N, Longitude 91. 99 E ( D.%)


       January 20 -- Wellington, New Zealand -- Several eyewitnesses, including airport officials, saw a large, yellow disc moving over Wellington toward Island Bay. The UFO was said to have descended on the bay near the Stretch of Cook.

       The local police said the object was visible from the coast by means of binoculars, but that the sea was too rough to send a boat to investigate. A witness who lived near the coast claimed that the UFO had burst into flames shortly before its descent.                                                      

This reference: Flying Saucer Invasion: Target – Earth, by Brad Steiger and Joan Whritenour, © 1969, p. 93. Note: No Bibliography in case.

With Thanks to Larry Hatch’s *U* UFO DATABASE, see


Central Pacific - New Zealand

Wellington       Latitude 41-30S, Longitude 174-78 E ( D-M )

Island Bay        Latitude 41-33S, Longitude 174-78 E


Stretch of Cook. (Approximately) Latitude 41.30S, Longitude 174.48 E ( Cook Strait )

Reference: Hammond World Atlas, p. 161, © 2000.

03-15/16-1968 ( See Feb 1971 continuation for correction of the date in this first page )


Search For Other Witnesses Continues

       The complexity and frustration of proper investigation of a UFO report are aptly demonstrated by recent efforts of NICAP to secure corroborating evidence to an unreported sighting of an object that allegedly moved above and beneath the surface of the ocean.

The original report was received by NICAP last May from a 24-year-old man in the Midwestern United States who claimed to be one of at least four Navy crewmen who spotted the strange object from their ship, which was operating in the South China Sea in April 1968. According to the report, the object was seen at night as it approached the ship on an underwater path, at a range that varied from approximately ten miles when first observed to an estimated 1000 yards at its closest point.

This is how the witness described the incident:

       "In the early morning hours of April 1968, my ship was cruising through the South China Seas en route toward Viet­nam. We had departed Okinawa a few hours prior and I was standing fantail watch in the after part of the ship. It was quite dark. Suddenly I saw a huge light beneath the water moving rapidly from the northeast and closing the ship. I reported this to the Officer of the Deck through my headset. By this time the huge light had passed in front of the ship and both the starboard and port lookouts confirmed my report. It was definitely round and appeared to be revolving. The ship was not equipped with sonar detection and radar saw nothing on the scope beings (sic) the object was deep in the water. The lookouts and the OOD con­tinued watching the light as it moved with incredible speed toward the southwest. When it was nearly out of sight on the horizon a bright light suddenly appeared above the ocean and radar immediately picked up a blip from out of nowhere on the scope. This bright object then retraced the path backwards that it had taken while underwater. Only this time, remaining high in the sky, it moved from horizon to horizon all in about 10 seconds flat. When the Quartermaster asked the OOD what to identify the object as for the ship's log, the OOD just scratched his head and told him to write it off as a helicopter. The incident was discussed among the crew for weeks."

       In attempting to check out this report, NICAP first obtained additional details from the witness, including as many names and addresses of fellow crew members as he could remember. The man could not recall the names of the two lookouts who supposedly witnessed the object with him, but he did remember the name of the radar operator. Thus far, NICAP has been unable to locate this latter individual.

The second step in the investigation was to determine the present location of the ship and the whereabouts of its official records, including the "log" referred to in the report. This was especially important because the witness could not remember the exact date of the sighting.

       Inquiry to Navy sources in Washington disclosed that the ship was stationed in Japan but was probably out of service. Further inquiry, however, revealed that a "deck log" for 1968 had been forwarded from the ship to a government accession facility in Maryland, where it was available for examination. In June, after obtaining the necessary clearance, NICAP reviewed the log and was permitted to make notes on its contents.

       This examination brought the unexpected discovery that the ship was not in the vicinity of Okinawa at any time during April 1968, but instead was engaged in combat operations off the coast of Vietnam. A further search, however, showed that the ship had been at Okinawa in early March and had departed there on the afternoon of Friday, March 15, for Vietnam. Since the witness said he was certain the sighting occurred while the ship was en route to Southeast Asia, it would appear that the night of March 15, or the early morning of March 16, is the date in question. When told of what the log revealed, however, the witness said he did not think the sighting took place in March.

       Since the Officer of the Deck (OOD) played a key role in the incident, NICAP asked the witness to recall the name of the person who was assigned that post at the time of the sighting. The witness said he was not sure, but he thought the name was Lieutenant P. A check of NICAP's notes from the log showed that in fact a Lt. P.J.P. was OOD from 8 P.M. (local time) to Midnight on March 15. Although this seems to agree with the testimony of the witness, it raises the question of exactly when the sighting occurred, since it could not have come "in the early morning hours" and still happened "a few hours" after the ship left Okinawa, be­cause the departure time of the ship, as recorded in the log, was 4 P.M. (four hours before Lt. P. was scheduled to

stand watch ).                                                                                                                                    

This reference: The “UFO Investigator”, a publication of NICAP, January 1971, p. 3

UFO INVESTIGATOR FEBRUARY 1971 (continuation of previous month)


Time and Location Remain Uncertain

This continues the discussion begun last month of NICAP's investigation of a report of a UFO that allegedly traveled both underwater and in the atmosphere. The sighting is supposed to have occurred in the South China Sea while the witnesses were on a U.S. Navy ship en route to Vietnam.

       As already indicated, there is some question as to the time of the sighting. According to the primary witness, the incident occurred during the watch of Lieutenant P.* "a few hours" after the ship had left Okinawa. This appears to be partially confirmed by the deck log for the day in question-- March 15, 1968 --which shows that the ship departed Okinawa at 4 p.m. (local time) and Lt. P.J.P. stood watch as Officer of the Deck (OOD) between 8 p.m. and midnight that same evening. The log, however, shows no report of anything unusual during Lt. P.'s watch.

       Another possible time period for the sighting develops from the witness's statement that the incident took place "in the early morning hours," which would suggest sometime after midnight of the 15th. Since the log shows that Lt. P. stood another four-hour watch from 4 to 8 a.m. on the 16th, it is possible the sighting was made at pre-dawn, some 12 or more hours after the ship had gotten underway. However, no unusual entry is recorded in the log for this period either.

       In the absence of additional information, there would seem no way to choose between the two time frames, since either is a reasonable possibility, if not literally consistent with the testimony. On the other hand, there may be no discrepancy in the witness's statement if his references to time are assumed to be general rather than specific. It is possible, for example, that the sighting occurred within a short time of midnight, which would put it very late on the 15th or very early on the 16th. To the witness, trying two years later to remember the exact hour, this time might easily seem to have been "early in the morning," not long after the ship had put out to sea.

[ *Full names being withheld pending completion of investigation. ]

       This hypothesis is strengthened by another datum in the report. On the NICAP questionnaire, the witness states that the sighting occurred at "approximately 1 a.m." Okinawa time. In making this statement, he apparently did not realize (or at least failed to note on the form) that the ship had passed from one time zone to another after it left Okinawa. This is known from the log. Since the ship was traveling southwestward (with the Sun), it gained an hour when it made the transition, which means the time on the ship was earlier than the witness thought when he filled out the questionnaire. This puts the time of the sighting at midnight, when Lt. P. was finishing his watch

       The time might not be critical if other things were equal, but a number of elements in the report vary, depending on the time. Among these are the weather conditions, the location and status of the ship, the men on duty, the activities of the witnesses, and, of course, the date.

       On the assumption the sighting occurred during, or just after, the watch of Lt. P. on March 15, a rough calculation can be made of the ship's position when the UFO was observed. Since the normal operating speed of the vessel was approximately 13 miles per hour, the ship could not have been much more than 100 miles from Okinawa at midnight (assuming it departed at 4 p.m., as the log indicates, and maintained steady speed on a straight course). From this it is immediately apparent that the sighting could not have happened in the South China Sea, as re­ported, because the South China Sea is some 600 miles from Okinawa. This discrepancy may not be important since the ship was in open water in any event, but in conjunction with other inaccuracies, it does raise the question of the report's reliability on specific details.

       The problem of date, time, and location would have been immediately resolved if the log in which the sighting was supposedly recorded (as a "helicopter") had turned up, Since the deck log makes no such reference, NICAP sought other ship documents that might supply the missing information. Since the witness said the entry in the log was made by the quartermaster, a hunt was conducted for the quartermaster notebooks, which usually include more detail than the deck log.

       For reasons still not clear, these notebooks cannot be located in official files. The Federal Records Center where the ship's deck logs are now maintained has no record of the notebooks. Nor has a similar facility in San Francisco, which told NICAP it has other records from the ship but not the notebooks.

       Puzzled that the books should be missing but informed by reliable sources that such records are often misplaced, NICAP decided to check the possibility the books were still on the ship. The ship had been decommissioned in Japan in the same month NICAP received the original report: May 1970. Normally, records are removed from a ship when it is taken out of service, but not always. Going back to Navy sources in Washington, NICAP learned the name and address of the officer who had been in command of the ship at the time of its decommissioning. This man, Lt. C.H., was contacted and asked if he knew what happened to the quartermaster notebooks. He said he did not, but he thought they might have remained aboard the vessel. NICAP immediately wrote the Naval facility in Japan where the ship had been sent, and learned that "the location or disposition of the Quartermaster Notebooks is unknown." Moreover, the ship is no longer in Navy possession, having been "sold for scrap" in November 1970.                                                

This reference: The “UFO Investigator”, a publication of NICAP, February 1971, p. 3

UFO INVESTIGATOR MAY 1971 ( Continuation of February 1971 )


Ship Officers Disclaim All Knowledge

       Persistence has yet to pay off for NICAP in its search for corroborating evidence to the alleged encounter of a U.S. Navy ship with a strange object that appeared to travel underwater as well as in the air (UFO Investigator, February 1971). Despite success in locating ship personnel who should be able to confirm the incident, NICAP has found no source that will admit to knowledge of the sighting, which reportedly occurred in the South China Sea in 1968.

       NICAP has now tracked down and talked with four men who were key members of the ship's company at the time the event supposedly occurred. The first man, Lieutenant J.J., former captain of the ship, told NICAP he did not remember any such incident, and said his private log backed him up. He did remember another unusual incident on almost the same day, but it did not involve a UFO or bear any strong similarity to the reported sighting.

       This other incident, recorded in Lt. J.'s log for the evening of March 18, 1968 (three days after the sighting is believed to have occurred), concerned an unidentified object detected on the surface of the ocean by the ship's radar. Not knowing what it was and being unable to spot it visually, the captain stopped the ship and waited to see what the object would do. When nothing happened, the ship resumed its journey, and the incident was forgotten.

       The captain questioned whether this occurrence could have been the stimulus for the sighting report. He said it is common for a young seaman who is new to the environment of the open sea to misinterpret or exaggerate an unusual event. This is particularly true, he said, for seamen standing deck watch at night, as the young man who reported the sighting to NICAP said he was doing when the sighting happened ....

       NICAP doubted that this could adequately account for the details of the UFO report, but it was a possibility that had to be considered. The witness admitted he had read about UFOs prior to joining the Navy and had been involved in a sighting in 1966 in his hometown. He also said, on the NICAP questionnaire, that when he saw the UFO, he was "awed and shocked," and "nervous afterward." "I felt," he said, "that I was watching something completely fantastic and beyond my understanding."

       NICAP also located the man who was supposedly the Officer of the Deck at the time of the sighting. This man, Lieutenant P.P., has since left the Navy and is now living in New Jersey. He expressed complete ignorance of the alleged incident.

       Similar reactions were received from Lieutenant J.C., the man who stood watch as Officer of the Deck after Lt. P.P.'s watch had ended, and from Quartermaster D.G., who had been on duty the night of the sighting and presumably was the person who recorded the incident in the ship's quartermaster notebooks. NICAP spoke with both men by telephone‑‑and asked each if he could provide any information that might support or refute the sighting report. Both said no.       

This reference: The “UFO Investigator”, a publication of NICAP, May 1971, p. 1

With Thanks to Larry Hatch’s *U* UFO DATABASE, see

UFOCAT PRN – 69804 NICAP UFO Investigator Jan 1971 p. 3 ( No Location )

UFOCAT PRN – NONE NICAP UFO Investigator Feb 1971 p. 3

UFOCAT PRN - NONE NICAP UFO Investigator May 1971 p. 1

South China Sea
Okinawa Group, Japan – Latitude 26-40-0 N, Longitude 128-0-0 E ( D-M-S )

Okinawa Group, Japan – Latitude 26.6667 N, Longitude 128.00 E ( D.% )

This reference:

The South China Sea is bounded by China, Vietnam, Malaysia & the Philippines

04-??-1968 b

Sindbad the Sailor, Report No. 1

( Extract )

The account is taken from Lumièrese dans la Nuit (Contact Lecteurs), Series 3, No. 5 of January 1971

A lady correspondent of Lumières Dans La Nuit recently found out about these happenings when she had the opportunity to spend some time at the Mediterranean French fishing-port of Le Brusc, in the Dept. of Var (south-eastern France, between Marseilles and Nice). She was able to interview some of the men involved, having won their confidence, but only on condition that their names be not revealed

       The account of the informant, a fisherman, is as follows:

       "Two years ago, in April 1968, three of us were fairly far out at sea, in heavy weather, with cloud and strong wind. Night had not yet quite fallen when suddenly, in a break in the clouds, a sort of "thing" appeared--ovalish in shape--which was just hanging there in the sky. It looked like a mirror and it was shining, and it did not move. Then a cloud passed in front of it, hiding it for a few minutes, but when the cloud had gone the queer thing was still there. It seemed however to have changed colour a bit and to be giving off pinkish flashes. Then, after about fifteen minutes or so, it seemed to move very slowly from east to west, dropping gradually as it did so. And as the thing came down it seemed to change shape so that, instead of being vertical as it had been before, the oval was now horizontal (see Fig. 1) and from pinkish the colour had now turned to bluish.
                                                                                                               Figure 1

       "The thing remained stationary over the sea for two or three minutes and then vanished before our eyes as though swallowed up by the waves, and we did not see it again.

       "The sighting had lasted a total of 25 minutes. We heard no sound; the thing was absolutely silent despite the fact that it was not far from our boat. It gave out no trail, no flame, no sparks, and was absolutely bare of all marks or trappings, etc. We have no idea what it could have been."                                                                                                                                               

This reference: Flying Saucer Review Case Histories Supplement, 14 April 1973, pp. 13-15.

UFOCAT PRN – 68309 ( No Location )

Europe - France

Marseilles         Latitude 47-04 N, Longitude 3-00 E ( D-M )

Le Brusc           Latitude 43-04 N, Longitude 5-48 E

Nice                  Latitude 43-42 N, Longitude 7-15 E

Reference: France Gazetteer, Published in the Office of Geography, Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C., September 1964


       April 18 -- Espanola, Ontario -- A family vacationing in a cottage on Parry Sound saw a brilliant UFO on the waters on Georgian Bay. "It was a fiery glow at first and seemed to be moving," said the witnesses. "It came closer and we noticed it was a craft of some type with red, yellow, and green lights. We watched it for about an hour until it sped across the channel and up into the sky.”                                                                                                                           

This reference: Flying Saucer Invasion: Target – Earth, by Brad Steiger and Joan Whritenour, © 1969, p. 96 Note: No Bibliography in case.

With Thanks to Larry Hatch’s *U* UFO DATABASE, see


North America – Canada, Ontario

Espanola,         Latitude 46-15 N, Longitude 81-46 W ( D-M )

Parry Sound     Latitude 45-20 N, Longitude 80-02 W

Georgian Bay   Latitude 45-30 N, Longitude 81-00 W

Reference: Canada Gazetteer, Prepared in the Office of Geography, Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C., November 1953.


Object Heats Up Boat In N.S.

       On the 4th of May Captain Woodrow Atwood, skipper of the fishing boat "Which Way In" had a puzzling experience with a lighted object at 8 p.m. about one and a half hours south of Seal Island.

       Atwood said that he was watching the compass when he spotted a light to the north, which appeared about the size of a "match light."  "Suddenly," he said, "it burst into a blood red light and appeared to be about 50 to 75 yards away and coming towards the boat." As Atwood watched, heat apparently from the object became so intense that he had to move away from the window. After that, the object floated overhead for about five minutes and then lowered and seemed to float away from the boat and toward "Brown's Bank." Atwood radioed anyone listening to tell of his experience and was answered by the skipper of the "Racer" who said that his crew had just called him to report that a huge ball of red light had just missed the spars of the boat when it passed over. Atwood told reporters later that the heat from the light was so intense that he had expected his boat to be "burned" before the object left, and crew member William Nickerson, also aboard the "Which Way In" said that it was a "frightening experience."      

This reference: The APRO Bulletin, July/August 1968, p. 4

UFOCAT PRN – 90160 (No Location)

North America – Canada, Nova Scotia

Seal Island             Latitude 43-24 N, Longitude 66-01 W ( D-M )

Brown's Bank         Latitude 42-45 N, Longitude 66-00 W

Reference: Reference: Canada Gazetteer, Prepared in the Office of Geography, Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C., November 1953


Current South American Flap

Arrecifes, Venezuela, first week in May. Five UAOs were observed diving into the ocean off the coast of this town in northern Venezuela.                                                                              

This reference: The APRO Bulletin, May/June 1968, p. 8

       Secondary reference: Encounter At Buff Ledge by Walter N. Webb, p. 213, published 1994

UFOCAT PRN – 90147

South America - Venezuela

Arrecifes, - Latitude 10-35 N, Longitude 67-05 W ( D-M )

Reference: - Venezuela gazetteer, Prepared by the Office of Geography, Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C., August 1961.

UFO Location ( UFOCAT ) – Latitude 10.63 N, Longitude 66.92 W ( D.% )


The Glowing “Thing” in Moore Lake

By Richard Wolkomir

      Something that moves in a red aura of eerie silence and shows a taste for horned pout -- what could if be?

      At 3:00 A.M. on Monday morning, May 20, 1968, three young people whom Night Officer Victor Miller later described as "badly frightened" burst into the station house of the Littteton Police Department shouting about a "red glow on the water" and a "thing" that had scared them while they were fishing. It was a few minutes before they were calm enough to tell their story.

       Since that night most persons in Littleton, N.H., have come to believe that Mr. and Mrs. Richard Hansen and their friend Michael Stinchfield saw something at Moore Lake in the early hours of that spring morning, something that terrified them, but which no one, including the three witnesses themselves, can identify.

       It had been a quiet night, just like any other quiet night in the police department. At midnight officer Victor Miller had flipped his desk calendar from Sunday to Monday and gone back to the reports he was writing. Outside the main street was deserted and the houses were dark.

       Most of Littleton's 4000 residents work in the area's small factories, keep shops which serve the surrounding farm region, or cater to tourists motoring through this attractive little town on the Connecticut River. The nearest city of any size is Manchester, 100 miles south. Littleton is a typical New England village and as Miller worked on his reports he had no reason to expect anything but the prevailing quiet in which he would finish up his routine reports before going off duty.

       When the young people had caught their breath the tall dark young man identified himself to the officer as Richard Hansen, aged 20, of Lafayette Avenue, Littleton. He introduced his wife Cindy, a slender blond girl, and Michael Stinchfield, of 9 Bridge St., a fair-haired heavyset 19-year-old.

       After hearing their bizarre story Officer Miller decided to drive out to Moore Lake, just four miles west of the station house, with the young people and take a look for himself. As they rode out of Littleton in the patrol car the three excited witnesses gave Miller a more detailed account of what had happened.

       Earlier that evening, they said, they had been visiting together in the Hansen's apartment and eventually had decided to go fishing for horned pout, the local name for brown bullhead. Collecting their tackle they had driven out of Littleton on Route 18 and then, before reaching the big dam across the Connecticut River which backs up the waters for 11 miles to create the Samuel C. Moore Lake, they had turned left on Route 135. After a quarter of a mile they turned right onto the narrow road that twists through two miles of dense forest, passing only a few isolated farms, to a lakeside picnic and boat launching site which is maintained by the New England Electric Company.

       It Was about one o'clock in the morning when they arrived and the lake was quiet and dark. There was no moon. They began casting into the water using silver-colored plugs as lures. By two o'clock they hadn't caught anything but they didn't mind because it was such a pleasant night to be on the lake. Shortly after 2:00 Stinchfield had pointed to something--a red glow--on the water about a quarter of a mile north of where they stood.

       From their wharf the glow was to their right and partly obscured by a rock ledge which extended out into the lake. They thought it was odd but forgot it after a few moments. However, they did begin to notice that the night had become queerly silent.

       "There wasn't a sound," Hansen recalled, "no frogs croaking, no animals moving around in the woods, no night noises at all."

       For another few minutes they continued to fish, casting the lures into the water and reeling them back while they listened to the gurgling sound the metal plugs made in the .strange stillness.

       Suddenly Mrs. Hansen exclaimed, "Look at that!" The red glow had moved from behind the rock ledge and now was in front of them, about 30 feet out from the wharf. At the same time they saw that the glow seemed to emanate from an object lying motionless in the water. They described this object as a whitish mound about two feet wide extending about a foot above the surface. Just above the waterline on the object were two round markings which looked like red glowing eyes. Behind the mound something larger seemed to loom but it was vague in the darkness.

       Describing the object to a reporter later Stinchfield said it resembled the head of an alligator submerged up to its eyes. But the Hansens say that because of the red glow and the darkness, it is impossible to say what it really looked like.

       Frightened by the thing Mrs. Hansen and Stinchfield left the wharf to stand on the shore, thus leaving Richard Hanson alone on the dock. On an impulse he cast his lure out towards the thing which up to then had been lying motionless and soundless. But now, as he began to reel in his lure, Mrs. Hansen and Stinchfield saw the object suddenly race toward the wharf and they heard a noise that Stinchfield described as sounding like the bubbling of an aqualung under water.

       "Dick, it's coming at you!" Mrs. Hansen screamed. Hansen threw down his rod and the three of them raced to their car. Without looking back they started the engine and drove down the road. Just before rounding a bend that would take them out of sight of the wharf Hansen stopped the car and they looked back. The area all around the wharf was glowing red. Now as curious as they were frightened, the two young men talked of driving back for another look but Mrs. Hansen demanded they drive back to town immediately.

       "For a week after that I couldn't look at a red traffic light or a neon sign at night without beginning to shake," she remembers.

       They drove straight to the police station.

When they returned to the wharf at 3:00 A.M. with Officer Miller the red glow was gone and Hansen's fishing rod was lying where he had dropped it. But all four of them noticed that the strange silence still lingered over the lake.

       After waiting for half an hour without seeing anything they drove back to Littleton where Officer Miller noted in his report of the incident that "none of the three witnesses had been drinking and none of them gave any sign of being under the influence of drugs. They seemed genuinely frightened."

       The next morning when Mrs. Effie J. Willey, a reporter for the Littleton Courier, interviewed the three young people she agreed with Officer Miller that they definitely had seen something that frightened them, although she believes it was a deer swimming in the water.

       The Hansens and Stinchfietd disagree with Mrs. Willey. "For one thing," Mrs. Hansen Points out, "she wasn't there."

       "And who ever saw a deer that glowed red, or had a two-foot-Wide head, or chased fishing lures?" Michael Stinchfield adds.

       Other explanations offered by townspeople, that they saw a flock of loons or a large turtle or a pike, also are rejected by the three witnesses.

       Chief of Police Stanley L. Mc-Intyre, like the newspaper reporter, is skeptical of monsters in lakes. On the other hand he is puzzled because both Stinchfield and Hansen are big strong young men and experienced woodsmen. Mclntyre has known both men for some time and he says, "They don't seem like the type to scare easily."

       Adding credibility to their report are some other odd things which have been reported as occurring around Moore Lake.

       When police went back to investigate further in daylight Chief McIntyre says they found horned pout strewn along the shore near the wharf. Only the heads, tails and spines of the fish remained. And since then other persons, such as John Smith, a shop teacher in Littleton's public school, who live near the lake have reported seeing red lights on the lake that night. Roger Caswell, who also lives nearby, reports noting the eerie stillness on the night of May 19-20.

       A New England Power Company worker at the Moore Dam Station says he has heard rumors of strange glowing red lights although he himself has seen nothing.

       As yet no one else has spotted the thing the Hansens and Stinchfield report but neither has anyone offered an adequate explanation for what they saw. Many persons who believe the witnesses did see something strange point out that whatever it was could have come up from the ocean.

       The Connecticut River, beginning in Quebec, flows down between Vermont and New Hampshire and then snakes through Massachusetts and Connecticut, emptying into the Atlantic Ocean at Old Saybrook. Moore Dam was built at Littleton in the early 1960's and forms a lake that is 11 miles long, a mile wide and very deep. Something could have swum up from the ocean before the dam was completed and then been trapped in the lake when the dam was closed.

       It would not be the first unknown creature to be spotted in New England's large bodies of fresh water.

       At Vermont's Lake Champlain, 50 miles due west of Moore Lake, people have been reporting a monster since 1871. In that year passengers on the steamer Curlew saw something near Barber's Point which they said was about 40 feet long, traveled fast throwing up a wake, had three coils and a large globular head which was dirty-white in color. The Lake Champlain monster was seen again in 1909 by a man fishing in a rowboat and in 1948 by two women fishing at Mallet's Bay. In 1954 a high school principal and three other men fishing in a boat between Alburg and. West Swanton spotted it and nearly every year since then others have reported encountering the monster.

       Whether the thing in Moore Lake is similar to Lake Champlain's mysterious monster no one can say. For now, intelligent observers can only agree with Littleton Police Chief Stanley Mc-Intyre who, in expressing his official opinion on the strange experience of the three young people, says, "We feel that they saw something and that it frightened them. We don't know what it was."                                                                                                                                               

This reference: Fate magazine, November 1968, pp. 32-36

       Secondary reference: Invisible Residents by Ivan T. Sanderson, p. 228, 1970

UFOCAT PRN – 76816

North America – United States, New Hampshire

Moore Reservoir           Latitude 44-20 N, Longitude 71-53 W ( D-M )

Littleton                       Latitude 44-18 N, Longitude 71-46 W

Reference: The National gazetteer of the United States of America, Prepared by the U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the U.S. Board on Geographic Names. Washington, D.C. 1990

UFO Location (UFOCAT) – Latitude 44.32 N, Longitude 71.75 W ( D.% )


Witnesses: 4 fishermen and a 10-year-old boy.

Location: On a boat 30km North of Malta

Object: Golden, glowing, missile-like object

Sound: Whooshing sound

Notes: The object passed over the witnesses boat, almost went out of sight and then made a U-turn and returned over the boat. It then disappeared into the sea and the witnesses heard what they thought was a splash. On moving closer they saw no sign that anything had broken up on contact with the water, i.e. no debris or bubbles.                                                                  

This reference Thanks to MUFOR (Malta UFO Research) web site at:

Original source: The Times of Malta, article by David Pace


Mediterranean Sea

Malta ( Island ) – Latitude 35-55 N, Longitude 14-25 E ( D-M )

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


(extract p. 5)

More Recent Cases

       One of the most recent cases of UFO observations with marine implications occurred July 11,1968. On that day, Sr. Raul L Benitez and his son Ricardo were driving at 15 minutes past midnight, after having stopped to eat supper at a downtown restaurant in Mar del Plata. As they were driving along on Maritimo Boulevard on arriving at Duro Avenue, Ricardo -- who was looking at the ocean -- noticed a luminosity approaching at a high rate of speed from the sky. He pointed it out to his father, who stopped the auto in order to observe the phenomenon in greater detail but, since it was hidden by the pier and the Altamar pastry shop, they returned to their vehicle and drove back toward Belgrano street, where they again observed it. It remained stationary, emitting a brilliant luminosity. At that point they observed a second luminous object approach from the south arriving rapidly at the place where the first object was located. There it remained stationary for a few minutes. Then, together, both objects began an extremely rapid flight away to the north and were lost from sight. The Benitez men left immediately toward La Perla (a little farther to the north) then stopped 100 meters beyond the monument to Alfonsina Storni, where the two lights were observed making strange evolutions. They stopped, then moved on, retracing the route from the north and then approached the coast. There, they could clearly see that the lights had a disc shape with a diameter comparable to a full moon. These objects appeared to be rotating around an axis while emitting reddish and blue-violet light. Their speeds were at times greater than that of a jet airplane.

       One of the objects descended and submerged into the sea, while the other object remained in the air at a low altitude, after which it suddenly disappeared as if it had extinguished its lights.

This reference: The MUFON Journal, Vol. #130, pp.3-5 September 1978 “Are UFOs Operating from underwater bases off the coast of Argentina” by Joseph M. Brill.

       Other Reference: Phēnomēnes Spatiaux, Issue # 18. Date unknown.

UFOCAT PRN – 105659, Ref. Oscar A. Uriondo – Work and date unknown

South America - Argentina

Mar del Plata                Latitude 38-02 S, Longitude 57-33 W ( D-M )

La Perla, Beach            Latitude 37-59 S, Longitude 57-33 W
Reference: Argentina gazetteer, Prepared in the Office of Geography, Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C., February 1968.

UFO Location ( UFOCAT ) – Latitude 38.02 S, Longitude 57.52 W ( D.% )



******Under Construction*******



Underwater UFO bases off Patagonia?

According to a report of July 28, 1973, from Buenos Aires, which was reprinted by the Italian newspaper La Nazione of July 29, the Argentine Society for the Investigation of Unusual Phenomena (President, Antonio Las Heras) has issued a statement to the effect that flying saucers have underwater bases in the coastal waters of Southern Argentina.

Definite proof of the existence of the UFOs, according to the Society's statement, was finally obtained on August 14, 1968, when 100 witnesses were able to observe the trajectory, covering a distance of 700 kilometres, of five extremely luminous ellipsoid objects which rose up out of the Gulf of San Matiás and then submerged again in the Gulf of San Jorge.

Credit and thanks to reader Mrs. Mary Boyd of Firenze, Italy, who sent us this report and also made the translation from Italian.                                                                                          

This reference: Flying Saucer Review, Vol. 19, No. 6, p. 29, November-December 1973

With thanks to Larry Hatch’s *U* UFO DATABASE, see

UFOCAT PRN – 78753. No location

South America - Argentina

San Matiás                   Latitude 41-30 S, Longitude 64-15 W ( D-M )

Gulf of San Jorge          Latitude 46-00 S, Longitude 67-00W

Reference: Argentina gazetteer, Prepared in the Office of Geography, Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C., February 1968.


UFO Phenomena in Puerto Rico by Sebastian Robiou L.


       Another interesting incident in Puerto Rico took place on August 18, 1968, at 2:30 a.m. at Ramey AFB, and involves Sgt. Thomas Carulli, who signed a state­ment for APRO. The statement, which was obtained through APRO Field Inves­tigator John R. Artie, an Air Force member now stationed at Beale AFB in California, goes as follows:

"At approximately August 18, 1968, at approximately 2:30 a.m., off Borinquen Beach, Ramey AFB, Puerto Rico, fifteen other security policemen and myself observed what was believed to be known as an unidentified flying object.

       "Visibility was unlimited. The UFO seemed to be rising from the ocean but when first seen it was appearing to be at a 45-degree angle above the surface and rising. While also rising it seemed to yaw to its sides emitting a very bright, almost florescent light which was similar to that of an unblinking strobe light.

[as printed] ward from within its structures. The reason why it seemed this way was because there appeared to be struts or bars or (you could say) window panes. These struts were verticle and there were about six of them. They reminded me of the crown on the Statue of Liberty but their greatest width seemed to be in their center.

       "When it reached its zenith, which in itself appeared to be no more than 1500 ft. off the ground, it lingered there for a few minutes; all the while it emitted thin light which lit up the whole area which before was in complete darkness.

       "It was circular or sphere-like, more like if you held only your fingertips and your wrists together not letting the palms of your hands touch, in fact, if you would do this with your hands and turn your hands to your face with the fingers at eye level this is what the UFO most nearly looked like.

       "Its size was close to a half-dollar at arm's length. It emitted no sound. Lights around us didn't dim either. While in its zenith the UFO seemed to pulsate and fluxed from side to side or wobbled. Then another orb of light came from it.

       "This was a light about the size of a dime held at arm's length. It stayed by the side of the first UFO, then it. too fluxed or wobbled and shot straight upwards until it was nearly invisible. Then it just seemed to hang there almost indistinguishable from the other stars. After two or three more minutes passed, the first UFO wobbled, turned on its side and darted upwards and outwards in a north-north-westerly direction until it disappeared.

"This whole spectacular phenomenon took about 12-17 minutes in its entirety."                  

This reference: The A.P.R.O. Bulletin, November/December 1970, pp. 6-7


Caribbean Sea - Puerto Rico

Borinquen Point           Latitude 18-29 N, 67-10 W ( D-M )

Reference: Gazetteer No. 38, Puerto Rico, The Virgin Islands and Other Islands and Banks in the Caribbean, Prepared in the Office of Geography, Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C., April 1958.


Valley UFO ‘Sank In River’


Staff Writer

WOLFVILLE – Acadia University geology professor R. H. MacNeill has another flying saucer report to evaluate – one that he barely missed making first hand.

       As a member of the National Research Council’s meteorite committee, Prof. MacNeill said Monday he was satisfied four boys definitely saw something which they vividly described to him following a hike Sunday afternoon on the Cornwallis River dyke near Port Williams.

       The flying saucer, or whatever, was classified by the Acadia professor as another Unidentified Flying Object, at least for the time being.

       If the item was seen by others in the vicinity he would like to hear from them. David Taylor, 14, Wolfville grade nine student, and three companions saw the object. The others were David Smith, 15, Gregory Cavanaugh, 12, Peter Blakeney, 11.

       “We were out on the Cornwallis River dyke at 4:30 and the object we saw was about fifteen feet across and six feet high." David said, “It was about a quarter of a mile away.” The object was black and hovered 100 feet above the river.

       "We ran over and it was just floating in the air and appeared to be oscillating like a spinning top. We were 40 feet from it."

       "We stood there and watched it for about 10 minutes -- then it slowly started heading
down for the Cornwallis River. It went onto the water and moved with the current."

       There was no splash when the object hit the water and it made no noise in the air, the youth said in an interview.

       "When we got there it was nothing but a big black shadow under the water. It broke surface twice."

       The boys returned to Wolfville and contacted Prof. MacNeill who went to the scene. David said he went on ahead of Prof. MacNeill and saw the object again.

       "It must have detected us because it slowly moved out and sunk into the river said David.

David said the object could have been any substance. “It just seemed like a huge mass. At first we thought it was birds forming up into a flock. Then we decided it must be a UFO”

       Prof. MacNeill said he did not see the object when he arrived. "But I feel the boys saw something. They are an intelligent group of boys."


       Prof. MacNeill classified the object under UFO. He thought at first it might have been a wing tank dumped by an aircraft. But such an item would not hover.

       The Acadia professor was a little skeptical of the boys' observation about their proximity to the object. It would be difficult to gauge the closeness of such an object approaching them, he said.

       Prof. MacNeill cruised the vicinity with a magnetometer -- an instrument for detecting metallic substances -- with no results.

Observations of other persons would be helpful in attempting to establish its identity, the professor said.

This reference (Original) : The Chronicle-Herald, Halifax, Canada. Published September 18, 1968, pp. 1 & 5.

       NOTE: Many books list the date of occurrence as Sep. 1, or Sep. 14. The above date is obtained from this newspapers printed date of Wednesday, September 18, 1968, and the text which states that the event occurred on the previous Sunday, which would be the 15th.

       Many thanks to UFO Researcher Don Ledger, for providing the photocopies of the paper.



This is Nova Scotia ! Home of the famous “Shag Harbour” incident, and many more sightings.

North America – Canada, Nova Scotia

Wolfville           Latitude 45-4-60 N, Longitude 64-22-0 W ( D-M-S )

                        Latitude 45.0833 N, Longitude 64.3667 W ( D.% )

Cornwallis        Latitude 44-38-60 N, Longitude 65-37-60 W ( D-M-S )

                        Latitude 44.6500 N, Longitude 65.6333 W ( D.% )

Port Williams    Latitude 44-57-0 N, Longitude 65-16-0 W ( D-M-S )

                        Latitude 44.9500 N, Longitude 65.2667 W ( D.% )

Port Williams    Latitude 45-4-60 N, Longitude 64-24-0 W ( D-M-S )

                        Latitude 45.0833 N, Longitude 64.4000 W ( D.% )

09-21-1968 - Misidentification

       (78) Saturday, 21 September 1968  (03:00)  La Escala (Gerona, Spain)
Text deleted  since subsequent investigation showed it to be “two people with neoprene suits for underwater fishing and a buoy” Per e-mail, dated Sept. 16, 2001, from Vincente-Juan Ballester Olmos who published the original catalog of sightings “A Catalogue of 200 Type-1 UFO Events In Spain And Portugal”.



       Our next mystery object was sighted near the eastern end of Catalina Island in early October 1968.George Hiner, a commercial fisherman of Newport Harbor, who had been after swordfish, had returned with 20 of them aboard his boat and told the Daily Pilot of a strange object he had spotted while fishing. He had been using his binoculars and watching for swordfish when he spotted a white, dome-shaped object. It rose about 10 feet above the water, sank back in for a few moments, then came up again. Under this domelike apparatus there was what looked like a billowing parachute. Hiner noted that there was no splash as the object again; sank under surface of the water; it was as if it had been gently placed there. The description of the object did not compare with the physical characteristics of any known sea life.                                     

This Reference: The Shadow of the Unknown by Coral E. Lorenzen, p. 87, © Date unknown.
Original reference: Newspaper “Daily Pilot” of California, date unknown

UFOCAT PRN – 76876

United States – California

Catalina                       Latitude 34-09 N, Longitude 118-07 W ( D-M )

Newport Beach            Latitude 33-37 N, Longitude 117-56 W

UFO Location ( UFOCAT ) Latitude 33.42 N, Longitude 118.42 W ( D.% )


Approximate date

(91)  5 November 1968  Esteros de Bartiba, Chiclana de la Frontera (Cádiz, Spain)

       Three army men, José Verdejo, José Luis Durán, and José Cantos Cortes, went out at dusk to an area called "Los Esteros de Bartiba" to hunt ducks. The guard there (a man called Juan, about 35 years old) told them that everything had been strangely quiet that day, with no ducks or herons or anything around. The three hunters soon confirmed this state of affairs for themselves, and as they were leaving their separate stations around a 120-meter long lagoon, they and the guard (who was with Jose Cantos) saw a light take off at great speed from the middle of the lagoon and disappear towards the south. The powerfully bright light, the color of a fluorescent light, agitated the waters of the entire lagoon. (First-hand, CEI, BOF.)                                             

This reference: A Catalogue of 200 Type-1 UFO Events in Spain and Portugal, by Vicente-Juan Ballester Olmos, pp. 20-21

With thanks to Larry Hatch’s *U* UFO DATABASE, see and Vicente-Juan Ballester Olmos.


Europe - Spain

Chiclana de la Frontera            Latitude 36-25 N, Longitude 6-08 W ( D-M )

Cádiz, Spain                             Latitude 36-32 N, Longitude 6-18 W
Esteros de Bartiba  or Los Esteros de Bartiba – Unable to locate

Reference: Spain and Andorra Gazetteer, Prepared by the Office of Geography, Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C., April 1961


Strange Object Sighted In Alaska

       A well-written and detailed feature article appearing in the Juneau, Alaska DAILY EMPIRE for the 4th of January 1969 included some very Interesting sightings which took place in the vicinity of Hawk Inlet on the 15th and 16th of December 1968. The following is a condensation of that information:

       Ken Marlowe, owner of the cargo-boat Teel and Ralph Kern reported seeing a "pure white light"--ball shaped and about 20 feet in diameter with two brightly glowing 4-foot diameter globes above it---while at Hawk Inlet at 3:30 p.m. on the 15th. When first seen, Marlowe passed it off as a reflection from an icy bluff or an aluminum boat but was soon observing it more closely when he noticed that it had begun to move slowly toward his boat. Using binoculars, Marlowe watched it but could not identify it. By 7 p.m., the ball was floating on the water within a quarter mile from the Teel, then suddenly rose out of the water and slowly flew out of sight over a nearby mountain ridge.

       At 6 p.m. on the following evening (the 16th) Marlowe and Kern were docking the Teel at the cannery at Hawk Inlet, and it was snowing. As Marlowe was preparing the evening meal he looked out into the snowstorm and saw the same mysterious light again, this time moving slowly in the direction of the cannery from about a half mile distance. When the ball had hovered within a few yards of the dock, Marlowe Called the marine radio operator in Juneau. It took about 30 seconds to reach the operator and by the time he did, the object was directly above the Teel's mast at a height of about 70 feet above the deck, the mast being 40 feet tall. Both men were apprehensive, the object made no sound, and Just as Marlowe flipped the switch to contact the operator the object dipped in the air. Meanwhile, the marine operator had connected the line with Elmendorf Air Force and the Coast Guard so that they could hear Marlowe's description of the sighting.

       After approximately five minutes from the time that Marlowe had connected with the marine operator, the boat's power went dead and the connection was cut off. Marlowe did not realize that the power was entirely off at first because the object gave off such a bright light. When he went forward to flip on the auxiliary batteries, he realized that all the power was off. He then ran to the cannery to make another call, noting that the light from the object over his boat which was 200 feet away, was bright enough to illuminate the inside of the building. Finding no radio or other means of calling, Marlowe went back outside and stopped to turn off an auxiliary diesel power generator which was "Just barely running." As he reached to turn it off, the object over his boat moved away and the diesel engine began to function normally. It finally disappeared from sight after 15 minutes of observation by Marlowe and Kern. After it left the batteries of the Teel were still dead but when the power was restored with an auxiliary gasoline engine, everything returned to normal and Marlowe checked the engine over and could find nothing wrong with it.

This sighting is of particular interest because a diesel engine was affected. In the past diesel engines have not been affected by the presence of UFOs.                                                    

This reference: The A.P.R.O. Bulletin, May-June, 1969, p. 6

***** SUPPLEMENTAL  *****

New Info on Alaskan Sighting

On page 6 of the May-June issue, the details of a sighting of a UFO in Alaska and the subsequent interference of a diesel engine were reported. Dr. Harder, APRO's Research Director forwarded the following: "I was interested in the item.... For the explanation is that the engine was connected to a generator, and if the output of the generator was short-circuited, it would be a heavy load to the engine, slowing it down until the voltage plus the shorting resistance was of such magnitude to equal the power output of the engine. If it was "Just barely running" as reported, the resistance shorting the output would be very low, and might even be calculated from the speed of the engine. The power output from the diesel would be about proportional to its speed. The normal load resistance for the diesel can be calculated from the generator power and voltage, etc., so all is in hand to calculate the shorting resistance.”                                        

This reference: The A.P.R.O. Bulletin, July-August, 1969, p. 7

Original reference: Newspaper - DAILY EMPIRE, Juneau, Alaska,  January 4, 1969.

UFOCAT PRN – 90347

North America - United States, Alaska

Hawk Inlet       Latitude 58-07-42 N, Longitude 134-45-12 W ( D-M-S )

Reference: The National Gazetteer of the United States of America, Prepared by the U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the U.S. Board on Geographic Names, Washington D.C., 1990

UFO Location ( UFOCAT ) Latitude 58.1 N, Longitude 134.73 W ( D.% )

(Five year period prior to January 1970)

"Water-happenings” in Indonesia

Gordon Creighton

       I am indebted to Mr. W. L. Tobing of Bandung, Indonesia, for this report of what looks like another underwater UFO "base". The account first appeared in the Indonesian-language journal Intisari, No. 78, of January 1970 (a well known popular science monthly published in Djakarta), the author being Mr. S. Kamah.

       Is it possible that Lake Poso in North SULAWESI1 is a UFO base? The largest lake on the Island of North Sulawesi, it is about 800 square kilometers in area and is three times as deep as the Java Sea 2. The pleasant town of Tentana lies beside the lake.

       Not long ago, accompanied by Mr. J. Gintu, Chief of the District, Mr. S. Walenta, Member of the Poso Council, Mr. Togobu, Head of the Art and Culture Service, and Mr. Pobonde, Chairman of the Adat, Mr. Kamah made an investigation of the lake and its surroundings, for it is the belief of the local populace that something very mysterious is going on in the lake.

       According to the account given to Mr. Kamah by the four above-named local officials, there has been some mysterious creature or phenomenon in the lake for the past five years. Until now they still have no idea as to whether this is some gigantic unknown beast or a ghost. What does seem certain is that, five years ago, a certain fisherman was fishing on the lake at midnight when he observed a vividly bright light in the centre of the Lake. At first the man thought it must be a petromax lamp used by some other fisherman. But then he observed that the light was moving from one bank of the lake to the other and back again, at times extremely rapidly. Then, at one moment, it came to a distance of only about 100 metres from him. This terrified him so much that he went off home at once.

       When he first told the neighbours and villagers what he had seen, they all jeered and made fun of him. Until, about a week later, the light was also seen by other fishermen. Since then he light has been seen so often that it has come to be regarded as quite customary. Opinions among the populace vary greatly however as to what the explanation of the light could be.

       The local District Chief, Mr. Gintu. said: "Until 1966 I did not believe this story that the people were telling about the light in the lake. I thought it was just their superstitious talk. But, one night, at 9.00 p.m., as I myself was going home by boat, the sailors pointed out to me this vivid light in the middle of the lake. So I saw it for myself, and I saw that it moved with extraordinary speed from one shore of the lake to the other. An hour later, it approached our boat and came to a distance of only 20 metres from us. I stood watching it very attentively. The water seemed to be bubbling. It seemed to be a body surrounded by light. Although I was able to observe it at leisure, I was never able to make out its precise shape.

       On another occasion Mr. Gintu and his wife both saw it, quite close to them. Mr. Togobu also said that at first be had not believed the reports about the light, and thought it must be the flash of meteors falling into Lake Poso. But at last he saw the light for himself, and then he was forced to conclude that there must be some mysterious entity or creature in the lake.

Councillor Walenta said that he too had seen it. Mr. Pobonde said he had no idea what it could possibly be, but that in his opinion it was no ghost and no animal.Mr. Kamah ascertained that in the course of these five years the behaviour of the mystery light has Changed. For example, whereas to begin with it was always seen in or on the lake itself, it has now begun to be seen flying around over the fields and hills around the lake and then plunging back into the lake. Moreover, there is now no longer only one light. Sometimes there are three of them.

                1 The large Island formerly known to Europeans as Celebes.

                2 While most of the Java Sea is quite shallow, certainly not more than a few hundred feet deep, there are trenches just off the whole coast of the Celebes that are thousands of feet deep.                                                                                                                                               

This reference (original): Flying Saucer Review, Supplement Four, April 1971, p.7

UFOCAT PRN – 60592. Date ??-??-1965, No Location

UFOCAT PRN – 60593. Date ??-??-1966, No Location


Island of North Sulawesi (Celebes )    Latitude 2-00 S, Longitude 121-00 E ( D-M )

Lake Poso                                            Latitude 1-52 S, Longitude 120-35 E

Tentana                                               Latitude 1-47 S, Longitude 120-39 E

Referemce: Insonesia Gazetteer, Published by the Defense Mapping Agency, Washington, D.C., September 1982


CISU Case # 028
Location: Porto d'Ascoli (AP)
CISU Classification: B ( Objects that fall or dive into water )
Evaluation: Insufficient information

*** An Airplane was seen falling like a screw driver into the sea.                                         

This reference: USOCAT by The Italian Center for UFO Studies (CISU) © 1996 by Marco Bianchini.

      Original reference: Information Dispatch ANSA 165/1 of 3/22/1969
                                    CrashCat case no. 076


Europe – Italy, Ascoli Piceno

Porto d'Ascoli - Latitude 42-55 N, Longitude 13-53 E ( D-M )
This reference: Italy Gazetteer, United States Board On Geographical Names, Department of the Interior, Washington D.C., August 1956.



UFOs that dove into Lake Michigan, caused electro-magnetic (E-M) effects to cars, paced an automobile, apparently created "static electricity" in the air and frightened witnesses were observed in at least four states and England during the last three months. Among the witnesses were policemen, Coast Guardsmen, a harbor patrolman and an electronics engineer.

       On the evening of June 20, numerous witnesses in and around the Michigan City, Indiana, area, bordering Lake Michigan, saw a series of multi-colored, maneuvering lights for a period of several hours.

The following entry was made in the Coast Guard log:

       "20 June 1969-21:35 [9:35 p.m.] -Have unidentified objects under observation. Group [Chicago Coast Guard] notified this time and date."

       The entry was signed by Coast Guardsman Vernon L. Kleman.

Robert Davenport, the Michigan City Coast Guard Station's Officer of the Day, had notified the Chicago station, but they didn't take the call seriously. What had the Michigan City people been drinking? Five minutes later Davenport received a call from Calumet City officials, who had been alerted by Chicago. What was going on? No significant change. The lights were still there.

       "The objects appeared solid and yet were a source of their own light," Vernon Kleman stated in his report to NICAP. "They appeared as if from nowhere and could brighten up to a size much larger than when originally seen. They moved at a variety of speeds, some fast, some slow and at times they were stationary for a minute or more... The objects were colored white, green or orange and they changed colors at will... The objects were viewed over Gary, Indiana, Chicago, Illinois, and Lake Michigan."

       At about the same time, another Coast Guardsman, Gus P. Tarantino, also noticed the objects, which he described as "solid with colored lights around them."

       At 10:15, Davenport contacted Calumet Harbor personnel to inquire if they had noticed the lights. They had.

       A few minutes later, Davenport, Kleman, Tarantino and a fourth Coast Guardsman, Charles Dolan, saw, from the large picture window in their radio room, a huge, brilliant, white object out over the lake. They rushed to turn off the inside and outside lights for a better view.

       The roughly oval-shaped UFO appeared to have a rotating rim with red, green and yellow lights around its center. Increasing in intensity, the object was in view for about a minute before it "quickly diminished in size and brilliance" and disappeared.

       "It seemed very close to the station," Kleman said.

The station's personnel continued to observe the maneuvering lights.

Object Enters Lake

       "Once a smaller object seemed to enter the water," Kleman continued. "It was submerged for 4-6 seconds. Then it traveled straight upward at an excessive speed."

       It was about 10:25 when members of the alerted Michigan City Police Department and Port Authority began to see the UFOs. Robert G. Howington, harbor policeman, said the objects he saw disappeared to the "northwest with terrific speed." Officer Ted Stantz saw lights that erratically "went back and forth across the sky." Policeman James R. Coughlin and others saw the objects at the same time.

       "We saw about 9 or l0 such objects over a span of about two hours," Police Sgt. Lance M. Hilberg stated in his report to NICAP. "One. seemed to approach very close. The others were quite high and very distant. All objects appeared very bright and solid. The closest one was extremely bright [ and ] faded away at tremendous speed--much faster than any aircraft..."

       Officer Tony C. Ragle said he was cruising in his squad car when he got a call to assist personnel at the Port Authority. Looking through his windshield, he saw the large bright object that "hovered over Lake Michigan for approximately 90 seconds, then went up and darted toward Chicago.”

       Bill Allen, a photographer-reporter for The (Michigan City) News-Dispatch, saw an object over the lakefront at 11:30.

       "It looked like [an] upside down saucer," he reported to NICAP, "with [ a ] pulsating red light around [the] bottom. [The] top was [an] orange-yellow color."

       At 11:35, the Chicago Coast Guard Station called Davenport. This time they were serious. They had talked with Calumet Harbor personnel, who had confirmed the sightings. The Chicago group said they would check the local airports. At about 11:45, they called back to report that no known aircraft were in the vicinity.

       "I've stood many observation watches," Kleman concluded in his report. "It's a part of my job, but this is the most unusual thing I have ever seen. The objects were not illusionary or any kind of reflection. In my opinion, they were material”.

NICAP's Chicago area Subcommittee member Bill Laas investigated the sightings.               

This Reference: The U.F.O. Investigator, Published by the National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena. Vol. V, No. 1, September-October, 1969

With Thanks to Larry Hatch’s *U* UFODATABASE, see


United States – Indiana, Illinois

Michigan City, Indiana  Latitude 41-42-27 N, Longitude 86-53-42 W ( D-M-S )

Gary, Indiana               Latitude 41-35-36 N, Longitude 87-20-47 W

Chicago, Illinois            Latitude 41-51-00 N, Longitude 87-39-00 W

Calumet City Illinois     Latitude 41-36-56 N, Longitude 87-31-46 W

Lake Michigan              Latitude 44-00-00 N, Longitude 87-00-00 W

Reference: The National Gazetteer of the United States of America, Prepared by the U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the U.S. Board on Geographic Names, Washington D.C., 1990


Location: Ossipee, NH

Description: The prime witness was fishing in a boat and heard a splash behind him. As he swung around to investigate he looked up to see a silver object about 30 ft in diameter about 300 ft above him, which rose to about 3000 feet and hovered.                                                       

This Reference: Raymond Fowler's book UFOs: Interplanetary Visitors, Bantam Books, 1974,

p. 339

UFOCAT PRN – 78930 Ref. Ray Fowler on site investigation Dec. 23, 1969

North America - United States, New Hampshire

Ossipee           Latitude 43-41-07 N, Longitude 71-07-02 W ( D-M-S )

Reference: The National Gazetteer of the United States of America, Prepared by the U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the U.S. Board on Geographic Names, Washington D.C., 1990

UFO Location ( UFOCAT ) Latitude 43.8 N, Longitude 79.15 W ( ? ) ( D.% )


Approximate date

(114) 23 August 1969  (00:00)  Mataró (Barcelona, Spain)

Text deleted since. Subsequent investigation lead to belief that this is “not a close encounter, distant sighting, closeness to water because of illusion, probably in the horizon. Deleted from the landing catalog” This per e-mail from  Vincente-Juan Ballester Olmos who published the original catalog of sightings “A Catalogue of 200 Type-1 UFO Events In Spain And Portugal”.



CISU Case # 029
Location: Sigonella (CT)
CISU Classification: C ( Objects that come out of the water )
Evaluation: Insufficient information
*** A group of objects were seen coming from the sea in front of the NATO base of Sigonella.

This reference: USOCAT by The Italian Center for UFO Studies (CISU) © 1996 by Marco Bianchini.

      Original reference: R. Pinotti “UFO: scacchiere Italia” ed. Oscar Mondadori, page. 101.


Europe – Italy, Catania

Sigonella – Latitude 37-24 N, Longitude 14-55 E ( D-M )
Sigonella AFB is within the territory of Lentini (SR), near to Catania (CT) and Motta Sant'Anastasia (CT) [Contrada Fontanazza]. The above coordinates are of the Meteorological
station of that airport. Thanks to Edoardo Russo of CISU, Italy for this information.

04-??-1970 a


The Revd. Norman E. G. Cruttwell

On a night in the month of April 1970 a remarkable submarine object was seen by Mr. Albert Robins, Store Manager, of Rabaraba, Milne Bay District. He was travelling in a small coastal motor boat from Rabaraba to Cape Vogel, about one hour north of Rabaraba on the waters of Goodenough Bay; The time was about 2.00 a.m. and the night was clear. The sea was reasonably calm. There were five Papuan crew on board who also witnessed the object.

            A brilliant light appeared beneath the sea on the starboard side and a huge brilliantly lit object rose slowly from below the water: even so it seemed that about three-quarters remained submerged Mr. Robins estimates its size to be about 80ft. in length. Its width and thickness were difficult to estimate because of the submersion, but it would have been at least four times as long as high (and wide). It was cigar-shaped, with both ends pointed; the top was somewhat flattened. He saw no detail of surface, or any irregularities or protrusions. The object was self-luminous, dazzlingly bright so that it hurt the eyes to look at it.

            Diagram showing object partly submerged, as observed by Mr. Albert Robins.

            It was travelling at exactly the same speed as the boat, i.e. 7 knots, and paced it for four minutes. Mr. Robins and all the Papuan crew were, needless to say, terrified, and tried to take evasive action by turning to port, but the object did likewise and followed them relentlessly, keeping about 20ft. away from the boat on the starboard beam. They turned two complete circles before shaking it off. The crew were shouting with amazement and fear, but apart from this and the sound of the sea, they heard no sound from the object, which seemed to be completely silent.
            The object then suddenly started to descend into the depths until its light faded and it was gone. The sailors immediately turned back and made with all speed back to Rabaraba, and did not set out again till after daylight.

The people knew of this object and called it a "floating reef" They said it appeared quite frequently all over Goodenough Bay, It has apparently been seen off Cape ,Vogel and also, from Dogura, in Bartle Bay. It was witnessed before off Rabaraba by Mr. Otto Alder, then A.D.C. in 1968.

            I shall make further investigations into this object and report again if I find anything else significant.
·           I have personally interview Mr. Robins and he has filed a sighting form from which I have taken this information, l have known Mr. Robins for five years and can vouch for his reliability.

As readers will see,. this is right in the middle of the area of the l959,New Guinea wave,.*

Explanations given by non-observers for the unidentified submarine object are:

(i)         bioluminescence in the sea

           (ii)         a school of porpoises stirring up phosphorescence

          (iii)         a whale or whale shark, with luminous sea streaming off him.

Hardly adequate to account for what the Robins party saw Mr. Robins and his crew are accustomed to normal sea phenomena. Furthermore, the question has to be asked: can bioluminescence be blindingly bright?

* This fantastic wave is presented in detail in the Revd. Norman Cruttwell's contribution to FSR's 4th Special issue, UFOs in Two Worlds—editor.                                                                      

This reference: Flying Saucer Review Vol. 18, No. 3 May/June 1972, p. 17-18

Flying Saucer Review’s  4th Special issue, UFOs in Two Worlds

UFOCAT PRN – 71521

Papua New Guinea

Goodenough Bay         Latitude 09-50-00 S, Longitude 149-52-00 E ( D-M-S ) [Approximate]

Milne Bay                     Latitude 10-23-00 S, Longitude 150-27-00 E ( D-M-S ) [Approximate]

Cape Vogel                  Latitude 09-40-00 S, Longitude 150-02-00 E ( D-M-S ) [Approximate]

Bartle Bay                    Latitude 10-06-00 S, Longitude 150-08-00 E ( D-M-S ) [Approximate]
Goodenough Island     Latitude 9-22-0 S, Longitude 150-16-0 E ( D-M-S )

                                    Latitude 9.3667 S, Longitude 150.2667 E ( D.% )

Rabaraba                     Latitude 9-58-0 S, Longitude 149-49-60 E ( D-M-S ) [ Raba Raba ]

                                    Latitude 9.9667 S, Longitude 149.8333 E ( D.% )

Dogura                         Latitude 10-5-60 S, Longitude 150-4-60 E ( D-M-S )

                                    Latitude 10.1000 S, Longitude 150.0833 E ( D.%)


UFO Location  ( UFOCAT ) Latitude 10.0 S, Longitude 149.83 E ( D.% )

04-??-1970 b

       In order to put this into some perspective, I will give you a little background. I joined the U.S. Coast Guard in February 1969 and by January of 1970 I found myself onboard a 378' High Endurance Cutter (U.S.C.G.C Mellon) in the Gulf of Siam off the coast of South Vietnam.

       It was around mid April that we were anchored approximately 4 miles off shore and the Captain authorized swim call. I can't really remember the depth that we were anchored in but I would have to say it was a couple of hundred feet deep. The time was late afternoon and I had the watch on the bridge. The normal operating procedures for this endeavor called for mounting a shark guard on the flying bridge, placing a cargo net over the side off of the fantail and putting a rubber raft in the water. The swimming party would then dive off of the main deck into the water and swim to the raft and climb back onto the ship using the cargo net.

       As I said before, while on duty on the bridge, I went out to the port bridge wing along with 7 or 8 other crewmen as well as the OOD and the ships Captain and the shark watch who was armed with an M-16 rifle. As we were watching the 20 or so crew members that were swimming our attention was drawn to a large object that slowly emerged moving directly under the ship and the swimming men. The object was basically nothing more then a dark shadow, elliptical shaped that was by our estimate approximately 90' in length and may 30' wide and appeared to be maybe 50' deep. It course took it directly under our ship and it was on a course perpendicular to the axis of our ship.

       The entire sighting lasted no more then 20 or 30 seconds and the men in the water had no idea that a large object cruised directly under them. We basically ruled out the possibility of a whale shark or whale because there was no gyration of tail or any other appendages visible. We did not alert the swimmers because we just didn't know what the object was. Because of the clear weather conditions, the angle of the sun and a slight chop to the water, we soon lost sight of the object and to this day, I have no idea what we saw on that day 30 years ago.

       In closing, after I got back to Honolulu, I left my ship to attend a couple of Class "A" schools at Pearl Harbor. The training classes lasted approximately 2 months. I was billeted at Ford Island very near the Arizona memorial. While there I made friends with a Navy Yeoman who was attached to FICPAC (Fleet Intelligence Central - Pacific). One day we were playing tennis and I mentioned to him about our sightings. His comment I found most interesting. He said "that's nothing! We receive thousands of reports like that just from U.S. Navy ships". He went on to say that there were all types of reports of objects taking off out of the water and flying directly in front of ships. He said that there were many reports of objects also flying into the water.           

This reference: Original. Initially an e-mail to this web site, with a follow-up of MUFON forms. Now on file with MUFON HQ.

       Other references: The UFO Investigator (NICAP), July 1973
                                    UFO Magazine ( UK ), June/July 1999


South East Asia

Gulf of Siam ( is now the Gulf of Thailand ), off the coast of South Vietnam would be approximately – Latitude 8.75 N, Longitude 104.7 E ( D.% )




Dr. W. Buhler

       When in London last year, Dr. J. Allen Hynek spoke of the obvious importance of multi-witness cases. This Interesting Brazilian episode, which certainly falls within that category, was reported to us by Dr. Buhler when in England soon after its occurrence. Gordon Creighton prepared the material for publication; but this was delayed as we needed clarification on a few points. We are now able to present, with a few addenda to the concluding section on previous occurrences in the Tijuca area, a much more detailed version after perusal of the original Portuguese text by the author which appears in SBEDV Bulletin No. 74/79 for May 1970-February 1971.

       This incident, which took place in broad daylight, at 11:40 a.m. on June 27, 1970, is notable because it was certainly observed by, at least eight witnesses, and because it illustrates graphically how, the UFOs, are approaching ever closer to our densely populated urban centres. A great metallic disc came down on the surface of the South Atlantic Ocean, not much more than 500 metres or so from the Avenida Niemeyer, a famous coastal road, cut out of the cliffs, which affords a beautiful view over the, sea and runs in a south-westerly direction from the Rio de Janeiro suburb of Leblon.

            KEY: (1) Leblon. (2) Copacabana Fort. (4) Avenida Niemeyer. (5) Gávea Beach.

(7) Barra da Tijuca.  (9) Island Group

       The disc remained on the surface of the water for half an hour, and two crewmen were seen inside it, wearing helmets and bright grayish aluminum-colored garments resembling the garb of our astronauts. When the disc took off, it left behind it on the sea a sort of ring or hoop which had apparently served some function, perhaps as a float or stabilizer on which it had rested.

       The Avenida Niemeyer is at a height of some 30-40 metres above the sea along the section in question, and the particular house from which the witnesses made their sighting is located even higher up, above the road. It was a Sunday, and in fine weather no less than 1,800 cars, so we estimate, would have been passing there hourly. Earlier on the morning in question I had been in that area myself, and I recall that at 7.00 a.m. the sky was still fairly clouded over.

( it should be borne in mind that in the southern hemisphere June is in the less sunny part of the year ).

       Three of the adult witnesses, whom I have interviewed, are Senhor Aristeu Machado and his wife Dona Maria Nazaré Machado, who live at No. 318, Avenida Niemeyer, and their neighbour and visitor, Sr. João Aguiar, who is an official of the Brazilian Federal Police and resides nearby at No. 210 on the same Avenue. The fourth adult witness is the Machado's eldest daughter, Creuza, aged 23. The remaining four witnesses were the rest of the Machado girls, Consuelo, aged 14; Rosemary, aged 10; Margarida, aged 8; and Cátìa, aged 5 (I did not interview any of the five girls, but only their parents and Sr. João Aguiar). It was in fact Dr. Carlos Netto, of the Rio newspaper “Diário de Notícias”, who notified me immediately of the occurrence, with the result that I was able to accompany him to the spot and talk to the witnesses at four o'clock on the afternoon of the same day. (Incidentally, it may be noted that the “Diário de Notícias” was the first Rio de Janeiro newspaper to treat the UFO Problem seriously and with a certain degree of consistency.)

The episode begins, and occupants seen

The Machados’ account is as follows:

       Dona Maria Nazaré Machado was in the kitchen, preparing the lunch. From time to time she would step out on to the veranda, where the rest of the family, with Sr. Aguiar, were amusing themselves with a party game. At one point she enquired what the time was. It was 11:38. About two minutes after that, Sr. Aguiar happened to glance out over the sea, and quickly called the attention of the others to what he thought was "a motor-boat striking the water," for, as the object descended, it threw up spray on all sides around it

       At once they all abandoned their game and began a vigorous discussion as to what to do about it, and as to whether or not the "motorboat" was in need of assistance, for they could see two "bathers" inside the craft who seemed to be signaling with their arms. Sr. Aguiar was positive that there were two persons in the craft, wearing shining clothing and "something on their heads." They seemed to be "thickish set and quite small."

       The two persons in question appeared to be working on the deck of the craft, which was of a grayish metallic colour, and looked as though it might have been between 4 and 6 metres in length. It was covered with a transparent cupola (Fig. 1).

       It was decided that Sr. Aguiar should run to the nearby Mar Hotel to telephone to the rescue authorities, while the rest of the party continued to watch the object closely. It had come down on the sea just where the water always looks darker, at the dividing line between the darker in-shore water and the clearer water of the open ocean .

       The newspaper report in “Diário de Notícias” of June 28, 1970, states that the area of the sea where the disc came down was about 500 metres from the shore, although later examination of the case suggests that it could well have been rather more than that, perhaps 700, or even 1,000 metres. In any case, remarkably close to the shore!

       In my subsequent enquiries I learnt that the disc at one time moved in about 100 metres nearer to the shore. No sound was heard from it at any time, nor did it display the characteristic type of "bobbing" movement to have been expected from a boat.

Disc takes off

       The time spent by Sr. Aguiar in going to and from the Mar Hotel (1 kilometre distant, towards Leblon) was, at the outside, 23 to 35 minutes. When he returned to the Machedos', apartment, the disc was still on the sea, and he was one of those who saw it take off again. We may say therefore that the duration of its stay on the water was about 40 minutes.

       Sr. Aguiar informed us that when the disc took off, it did not rise straight up, but skimmed along for about 300 metres on the surface of the sea, throwing out the usual sort of bow-wave such as we see with our own fast motor-boats. In fact, it was only when the machine had become airborne and was moving away in a low arc out to sea towards the south-east that the witnesses realised that it was not an ordinary boat, but a flying saucer...  ( Fig. 2 )

Dona Maria Nazaré showed herself to be an excellent observer for, as the disc took off, she noted that, on its under-side (Fig. 3), it had a hexagonal-shaped object which she said looked like the Brazilian fruit known as the carambola.*

* Translator's Note: The carambola, also known as the pitanga, or the Surinam Cherry (Averrhoa Carambola, L.). A juicy, quince-flavoured fruit. Its segments, I recall, are most strangely shaped, very angular, like nothing I have ever seen elsewhere. But although we had carambola trees in our Brazilian garden, neither my wife nor I can now (at this distance in years) make a sketch of these segments from memory, and I have discovered no handy source in England where an illustration may be found—G. CREIGHTON.

       This object seemed as though retracted up into the craft, and there were a number of coloured lights on the carambola-like object, flashing always in the same sequence, viz.: green, pale yellow, and red. (Other reports have suggested one rotating light changing colours through this sequence.)

Occupants seen again

       As stated, the disc appeared to be made of aluminum when resting on the sea, but once airborne, it looked transparent. At this point Dona Maria Nazaré could clearly see the two occupants sitting inside the craft.

       There was little traffic along the Avenue at that hour, and consequently not much traffic noise. Nevertheless, as indicated above, none of the witnesses heard any sound that they thought came from the disc. Once airborne, the disc was speedily out of sight.

The "hoop" appears

       On the area of sea where it had rested there was a "white, hooped-shaped object, of the size of a trunk or a chest" (Dona Maria Nazaré’s own description). After a short while this "hoop" sank. Then it reappeared, and from it there separated off a yellow, oval-shaped object the diameter of which, across its widest point, was approximately 40 centimetres, and which was floating with about 20 centimetres projecting above the surface of the water.

       After remaining stationary for about three minutes, this oval, yellow object began to move slowly towards the beach, with its longer axis pointed in the direction of the witnesses' house. At the further end of the object there was a greenish flange which later separated off from the main (yellow) body and continued to follow it "at a distance of about 80 centimetres."

       After a lapse of time which Dona Maria Nazaré estimated at about 15 minutes, the yellow object had come to a distance of about 120 metres from the shore. It then performed a right-angled turn left-wards, and headed off towards the beach at Gávea, still keeping always at more or less the same distance out from the rocks of the shore. This movement (westwards) was in fact contrary to the maritime current prevailing in the area at the time.

       Dona Maria Nazaré then went down on to the road in front of her house and tried to observe the further movements of the yellow object. With her there were some boys who happened to come along at the time, and she pointed out the object to them. The boys tried to hit it by throwing stones at it, but without success. This phase lasted a further ten minutes or so, after which time it vanished from their view around the rocky promontory, some 500 metres from where they were standing.

       Meanwhile the "white hoop" was still in view, after having disappeared temporarily several times, and it was steadily approaching the Gávea beach as though it were going to join up again there with the yellow object. They watched the white hoop for a total period of 20 minutes or so as it kept vanishing and then reappearing, until it too was finally lost to sight.

       The family, who had been interrupted in their parlour game when they first saw the disc just before noon, only returned to the veranda to finish the game at 3.00 p.m., when the sighting was all over, and they did not get their lunch until 5.00 p.m.

       As for the phone call made by Sr. João Aguiar, it was to the Harbour Police, whose headquarters are near the Calabouço Airport, in the central part of Rio de Janeiro. So it would have been at least an hour before, normally, one would have expected a Harbour Police patrol boat to have got to the scene. When he called them, the Harbour Police checked up on Sr. Aguiar's own telephone number (he of course being a Federal agent himself) and they promised to send help to the parties involved in the presumed mishap off-shore. Sr. Aguiar was consequently quite surprised when, after only about 20 minutes, he saw a fast motor-launch heading out towards the islands (Ilha das Palmas and Ilha Comprida).

       This motor-launch was no doubt one normally stationed at the Fort de Copacabana. We do not know whether its crew saw the UFO take off, but it may be assumed that they did, for they would have had the UFO in view long before they reached the area from which it took off and where the "white hoop" remained floating.

       When they got there, the motor-launch stopped at a distance of about 1 kilometre from the shore. Then the witnesses saw the crew of the launch hoist aboard, with great difficulty, a cylindrical red object (the difficulty being due no doubt to the great weight of this object). Having done this, the motor-launch returned at high speed to its point of origin.

Commits and theories

       We cannot, a priori, guess the purpose of such a descent on the sea by Extraterrestrials. Could it be that they aimed to investigate certain local conditions by means of some sondes (the objects floating in the sea which they released?) or were these latter perhaps spare parts, destined for one of the Extraterrestrials' submarine bases, and which would have floated off, under automatic control, towards that base? Or could they perhaps have been automatic devices which, either afloat or submerged, could transmit information about the psychological reactions of the witnesses, say, in the house at No. 318, Avenida Niemeyer and, later, also of the folk bathing on the beaches at Gávea and Barra da Tijuca? Would these sondes perhaps have been recovered later, or would they have gone floating off to be lost in the sea ?

       Or could they be some sort of devices which might have a long-term effect on human (i.e. terrestrial human psychology ?                                                                                               

This reference: Flying Saucer Review. Vol. 17, No. 3. May/June 1971, pp. 3-7 “UFO ON THE SEA NEAR RIO” by Dr. W. Buhler

Need: SBEDV Bulletin No. 74/79 for May 1970-February 1971


South America – Brazil
Barra da Tijuca Latitude 23-01 S, Longitude 43-18 W ( D-M )

Rio de Janeiro  Latitude 22-54 S, Longitude 43-14 W

Copacabana Fort         Latitude 22-58 S, Longitude 43-10 W [ Beach ]

Leblon              Latitude 22-59 S, Longitude 43-13 W [ Beach ]

Gávea                          Latitude 23-00 S, Longitude 43-16 W

Ilha das Palmas           Latitude 23-02 S, Longitude 43-12 W

Ilha Comprida  Latitude 23-02 S, Longitude 43-12 W

Reference: Brazil Gazetteer, Prepared in the Office of Geography, Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C., January 1963

CISU Case # 030
Location: San Benedetto del Tronto (AP)
CISU Classification: C ( Objects that come out of the water )
Evaluation: Possible missile

*** An object similar to a priest’s hat was observed coming out the sea.                             

This reference: USOCAT by The Italian Center for UFO Studies (CISU) © 1996 by Marco Bianchini.

      Original reference: Inquiry of A. Loreto of 1/28/1975
                                    AAW “UFO in Italia”, vol. 3, ed Upiar, pp. 172-173.


Europe – Italy, Ascoli Piceno

San Benedetto del Tronto - Latitude 42-57 N, Longitude 13-53 E ( D-M )
This reference: Italy Gazetteer, United States Board On Geographical Names, Department of the Interior, Washington D.C., August 1956.

( Note: date based on date object was seen to fly )

UNUSUAL UNDERWATER OBJECT by Vicente-Juan Ballester Olmos

       This is a report compiled for CEONI (Circulo de Estudios Sobre Objetos No Identificados) of Valencia, Spain, by its President, our contributor. Translation from the Spanish by Gordon Creighton.

       At about 1.00 p.m. on Sunday, July 26, 1970, a 24-year-old aqualung diver was engaged in hunting fish off Alcocebre (Castellón) at a spot (40° 14' 45" North Latitude, 3° 58' 40" East Longitude) just off the urban settlement of "Las Fuentes". The water was some 8 to 10 metres deep and the spot was some 60 or 70 metres from the shore-line.

Discovery of the object

       The sea-bed at this particular region is of very fine sand with softly eroded rock outcroppings. As is the usual practice in underwater fishing in Spain, the man was using aqualung containers of compressed air.

      Suddenly, at some distance from him, he noticed, on the sea-bed, a strange metallic object. It was sticking up over the top of a rocky outcropping. So he went nearer to observe it, and he found that, lying between two of the outcrops which were about 9 metres apart, there was a metallic object sunk about 8 inches or so into the sand. Its length was about 7 metres, its width about 3 metres, and one of its ends was slightly conical. The other end, which was slightly convex, was pointed out to sea. Near the conical end, and on the upper part of the object, there was a break in the continuity, about 1 centimetre wide and

2 centimetres deep, running right round the cylinder, enclosing a circular area about 1 metre in diameter. There was a similar groove running round the convex end.

The underwater object in detail       

      The surface of the cylinder was metallic, polished, of a colour resembling the colour of dull stainless steel. It had no rivets or anything resembling rivets and it did not look as though it had been under the water very long, for there were no calcareous deposits on it, no uneven nesses, nor was it rusted at all. He estimated that, since it was so absolutely clean and lacking incrustations, it could not have been there even as much as a week.

The submarine capsule between two fingers of rock (sectional view)

       He tested and found that it was not magnetic, for when he put his knife (magnetised, as is the usual practice) against it, there was no magnetic effect. Then he tried to scratch the surface of the object with the knife, but neither knife nor cylinder showed any mark from the scratching.

He used his underwater gun to measure the cylinder. When we were talking to the diver about the affair we discussed the question of whether it could have been a container of dumped industrial or radioactive waste.

       He replied that he was unable to say yes or no to the idea since he had no knowledge of such matters, but nevertheless he repeated, emphatically, that it would have needed "a tremendous storm" to have shifted it from the particular place where it was on the sea-bed, and there had been a total absence of any such storm over the period in question. Furthermore the gradient of the sea-bed at that particular place is minimal or indeed to all intents and purposes nil, which suggests precisely how difficult it would have been for the thing to have shifted by itself.

       The young diver attempted in vain to move the object and he dwelt on the fact that in water it is almost impossible to exert force or pressure, even with a point of support. In fact he used as his support a rock (on the nearer of the two

Location of object on sea bed in relation to coast  (lateral view)

outcroppings) but it had no effect on the object.

       He drew our attention also to the fact that no sound was given off by the object and that, apart from what has been recorded above, it had no other notable features.

       The witness was quite unable to say how long he had remained under water examining the object. He reminded us that "down below" one completely loses the notion of "time" and he regrets that he cannot furnish us with this piece of information.

A strange "something" seen from boat

       At about 3.00 a.m. on the following morning, the witness was out in a small rowing-boat in the same area, just off-shore opposite the "Las Fuentes" urban settlement, with a lady friend a German girl aged about 20, who was on a camping holiday in Spain with another girl. Suddenly the German girl noticed something leaving the water.

       When we questioned the witness about this incident in the boat with the German girl, he told us that the course of events was more or less as follows:

       She (in broken Spanish, but quite comprehensible):

       "Something came out over there!"

       He: "It must have been a fish." She: "No! No!"

       He (again): "It was a fish."

       She: "No! No! It wasn't a fish. It was bigger than that."

       He then looks to where she was pointing (on the surface of the water), and she says: "Up, above." But he sees nothing. He estimates that it would have been about a little more than 10 seconds between her first words and the time when he looked over to where she was pointing. Besides seeing nothing, he heard no sound and saw no luminosity. And, although the direction in which she was pointing (to a distance of some 200 or 300 metres from the boat) was precisely the area where, on the morning of the previous day, he had found the strange cylindrical object, he attributed no importance to this fact at the time.

       Discussing this point with us, the witness remarked that, at the time, whatever it was the girl had seen seemed to him to have been of little interest, for she said nothing more about it afterwards, had not continued to watch for a long time, and had not been alarmed at all. He, for his part, had not asked her for any further details, inasmuch as he did not think that what she had seen was anything remarkable.

       The many questions which arise in our minds now about this episode cannot be answered because it is not possible to contact the girl. Her name is not known, nor the name of her home town in Germany, nor anything else about her. So the manner in which she saw the (presumed) object vanishing from sight, and the details of the object will probably remain only in the memory of the girl. Let us remember, however, that whatever it was that she saw, she too did not attribute overmuch importance to the incident; indeed practically none.

Object gone

       At 9.00 that same morning (Monday) the young diver went down again, out of pure curiosity, to take another look at the strange object, and it will be appreciated that his surprise was enormous when, arriving at the precise spot where it had been, he perceived that it was no longer there.

       The witness, who has been skin-diving for six years, has known the whole area thoroughly for even more years than that, since it is the place where his family have traditionally spent their summer holidays. But, in order to make absolutely sure that he was not mistaken, he explored all the rocky

Location of object on sea bed

in relation to coast (plan view)

outcrops along that part of the coast for a further hour, with no results. Then, and only then, did he begin to link the cylinder and its disappearance with what his friend the German girl had seen.

       Since that date he has dived again at the same place several times and always without finding any trace of the object, and he again emphasises that the area is one very well known to him, so there can be no possibility of his being mistaken as to where it was, or being at fault in his bearings. We for our part would emphasise the fact that he is a very experienced diver.

       When we asked him about the time of the day when, after his night trip in the boat he was back in the sea and diving again, we expressed our astonishment that he must have slept so few hours that night. He smiled broadly and replied that this is very common with under-water divers. Very often these young fellows spend a whole night dancing in some town near the coast and then, at six in the morning, without having slept at all, or perhaps having merely lain down for a couple of hours, they take their gear and go off down to the sea again. Such is their passion for this marine sport, we repeat, that a sleepless night is something very, very normal for them.

       The witness, who at the present time is employed as a car salesman, is a draughtsman, unmarried, and of the Roman Catholic faith. Never before had he seen any strange object or strange phenomenon, either aerial or aquatic. He has no particular interest in such matters as UFOs, science fiction, or suchlike, and has never read any book about them. He has of course seen the occasional UFO report in a paper or a magazine, as is normal.

       The original CEONI report bears the full signature, name and surnames, of the witness, in support of the authenticity of his statement, but he has asked for a certain amount of discretion to be used, and we have decided not to publish his name.

       The enquiries conducted in this case by the CEONI members were as follows:

    1. At a personal interview with V-J. Ballester, arising out of the latter's lecture, at the Alejandro Salzar High School, on UFO landings in the Iberian Peninsula· The witness came to the lecture, having seen an announcement about it in the press.

    2. At an investigatory interview with the witness by various CEONI members, in April 1971, Don J. Cezón of the C.E.I., Madrid, also being present.

    3. At a final interview, at CEONI Headquarters, in May 1971, at which the finishing touches were given on various points and details that had arisen in the course of our discussions of the case.

The sighting as a Type I, Class B UFO report

       Reports of unidentified flying objects associated with large expanses of water--oceans, lakes, rivers--are not uncommon in our subject. One book published recently (Ivan T. Sanderson: Invisible Residents. World Publishing Co., New York and Cleveland, 1970) is devoted entirely to the problem of UFOs leaving or entering the seas, which is a good indication of the proportion of cases of this type within the general UFO Phenomenon. Whenever the investigator possesses sufficient details to be able to eliminate every category of known conventional identification (meteorite, break-up or decay of man-made artefact, balloon, and so on) sightings of this kind are catalogued under the category of UFO Landings, since this type of sighting meets the requirements laid down for that category·

       In the Catalogue of Spanish Type- 1 Reports currently being published as part of the list of world-wide sightings which is kept up-to-date by Dr. Jacques Vallée (whose enormous contributions and efforts are a source of such great encouragement), we have noted several examples of this UFO activity in relation to the sea. The most clear and precise of these cases include the following: Camarasa (Lérida), April 14, 1950; Santoña (Santander), September 1953; La Escala (Gerona), September 21, 1968; and Cabo Cope (Murcia), October 11, 1969. The interested reader will find these items in a summarised version listed individually in the Hundred Landing Cases Reported and Studied for the Iberian Peninsula (Ballester and Vallée, 1971. See FSR Special Issue No. 4, UFOs In Two Worlds, Cases Nos. 5, 8, 59 and 94).

       In the particular case of the object at Alcocebre with which the present article deals, we are confronted with a cylindrically-shaped submarine object bearing no identification marks, in circumstances where the state of the sea and the water were such that no object of such a size and weight, resting on the sea-bed, could possibly have moved by itself. Secondly, we have a poorish visual sighting over the surface of the sea, with a low-level strangeness-index, a sighting which, while it might not have appeared of any importance at the time, immediately becomes a fact of significance and worthy of mention in the light of the subsequent discovery of the sudden disappearance of the mysterious object from the sea-bed. These features of the case have prompted us to include the incident in our listing of Type I UFO Reports.

       As regards the lack of markings on the mystery object, we know that even every secret type of man-made device employed in our oceans bears signs, letters, or wording indicating its origin. An example was the object recently found in the Mediterranean by a Spanish fishing-boat.

       It is our intention to follow up on this case. In particular, we shall secure all possible information regarding the types of receptacles most commonly designed for containing industrial or radioactive waste materials, although, for the reasons just adduced above. we feel that this particular hypothesis of the industrial or radioactive waste container is a weak one. However, we shall be glad to receive from readers of FSR their suggestions as to any possible explanation for this strange "deposit", and we hope that they will be published in these pages.                 

This reference: Flying Saucer Review Case Histories, Supplement #6, August 1971, pp. 5-7.


NOTE: According to an e-mail received from Mr. Ballester Olmos , he has deleted this case from his original catalog of Spanish UFO cases. He feels that the object could be:“any type of container or tank. Nothing calls for a serious relationship of this curious finding with the UFO phenomenon”.

       I have decided to continue carrying it as it might have a relationship with future cases. C.F.

Europe - Spain

Alcocebre ( Alcocéber ) Latitude 40-15 N, Longitude 0-17 W  ( D-M ) [ Castellón, Spain ]

Las Fuentes                 Latitude 39-00 N, Longitude 1-19 W

Reference: Spain and Andorra gazetteer, Prepared in the Office of Geography, Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C., April 1961

UFO Location (UFOCAT) – Latitude 40.23 N, Longitude 3.98 E ( D.% )


(extract p. 5)

       Another incident recorded in Argentina regarding this aspect of the UFO problem occurred on May 31, 1971, and had for its principal witness the psychologist Zulema Bruno, who stated to the Press that on that day while driving along the Pinamar coast (Buenos Aires province), he observed coming out of the Atlantic Ocean a strange object with the form of a flattened top that was rotating around a axis and emitting orange-colored rays of light. It accompanied his auto for about 300 meters and then at a dizzy speed made a turn and climbed up quickly until it was lost from sight.

       There are other similar cases many of which have occurred off the coast near and around Bahía Blanca throughout recent years. Some serious UFO organizations in Argentina have stated the possibility of underwater UFO bases off the coast of their country. Although this is not the only coastal region that has experienced these sort of manifestations around the world, it is important to bear in mind that this region has been an area of continuing observations of this sort throughout the years.                                                                                                            

This reference: The MUFON Journal, Vol. #130, pp.3-5 September 1978 “Are UFOs Operating from underwater bases off the coast of Argentina” by Joseph M. Brill.

With thanks to Larry Hatch’s *U* UFO DATABASE, see

UFOCAT PRN – 105661 Ref. Oscar Uriondo. Name of work unknown ( No location )

South America -Argentina

Pinamar           Latitude 37-07 S, Longitude 56-50 W ( D-M )

Buenos Aires    Latitude 34-36 S, Longitude 58-27 W [province]

Bahía Blanca    Latitude 38-43 S, Longitude 62-17 W

Reference: Argentina gazetteer, Prepared in the Office of Geography, Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C., February 1968.

CISU Case # 031
Location: Milazzo (ME)
CISU Classification: C ( Objects that come out of the water )
Evaluation: Insufficient Information
*** Three vortexes came out from the sea and from inside them an object with some visible entities appeared.                                                                                                                  

This reference: USOCAT by The Italian Center for UFO Studies (CISU) © 1996 by Marco Bianchini.

      Original reference: “Il Giornale del Misteri” no. 100, pp. 17-18


Europe – Italy, Messina

Milazzo - Latitude 38-13 N, Longitude 15-14 E ( D-M )
This reference: Italy Gazetteer, United States Board On Geographical Names, Department of the Interior, Washington D.C., August 1956.


(146)  September 1971  ( 19.30 )  Arroyo de la Miel (Málaga, Spain)

       A very responsible young lad of 17 years, an insurance agent, was camped out 40 m. from a small lake, playing his guitar. The sky was clear, and there was a very relaxing natural silence, suddenly, he heard a great sound produced by a body which fell and plunged into the waters of the lake. Not giving it any importance, he took a cigarette and lit it. Then he heard a noise again, and observed a round object 1 m. in diameter coming out of the lake, producing the normal rise of the water, and it rose skyward at an angle of about 45°. The object was a luminous white, of blinding light. Behind the moving object was a type of smoke "like that from the exhaust pipe of a car." In a matter of seconds it became a point and disappeared. There was another witness, an English camper named Eduik who was walking around in the area. (First-hand, Enrique Campos, BOF. LDLN, July 1972, 9.)                                                                                                        

This reference: A Catalogue of 200 Type-1 UFO Events in Spain and Portugal, by Vicente-Juan Ballester Olmos, p. 34


Europe - Spain

Arroyo de la Miel          Latitude 36-36 N, Longitude 4-32 W ( D-M )

Málaga                         Latitude 36-43 N, Longitude 4-25 W

Reference: Spain and Andorra Gazetteer, Prepared by the Office of Geography, Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C., April 1961

09-23/24-1971 (See 09-25-1971 Note-error on date and first name of the ship)


1971 was a year with only three known cases, all of which were officially reported and of good quality. A FACH communiqué informed of yet another Antarctic sighting, registered on May 15 at the Presidente Frei Metereological Station.

       A Police CE-1. Quite more dramatic was a CE-1 near Tocopilla, Antofagasta region, reported to and investigated by the police. This case is well documented; besides press accounts, I have obtained--courtesy of investigator Luis Riquelme of Orion--a copy of a report written and signed by a retired police colonel who was in active service at the time of the incident. Beginning around, 10 p.m. on the night of September 23, a stationary light over the ocean was seen by numerous witnesses in Tocopilla. One of them, who saw the object with binoculars, described it as artificially constructed, with intermittent lights and round windows like a ship's porthole. That was just the beginning. At 1:30 a.m. on September 24, two different truck drivers traveling from Antofagasta to Tocopilla came across a brightly lit object hovering on the coast.

       The truck drivers rushed to the nearest police station in Tocopilla. Though skeptical at the beginning, a police van with a sergeant and two corporals was dispatched to "KM 33,” the site where the trucks had stopped to look at the UFO. The carabineros confirmed the UFO immediately and kept it under constant watch until 5:30 a.m.; they reported by radio its maneuvers to the Tocopilla "comiseria" (station). A report of the event was filed later with the Carabineros Northern Headquarters in Antofagasta. The police report informed:

       "It was possible to confirm that at more or less 2 km. from the coast, such artifact remained totally lit, changing places at great speed…later on it came close to the beach of Caleta Buena…At a distance of 150 meters, it could be seen that the object had an approximate diameter of 20 meters, with a helicopter-like cabin totally lit and with sections like windows. It was approximately 30 meters above the sea level, being impossible to identify its origin."


       The colonel's handwritten report to Orion, dated May 12, 1979, goes into still further details. The colonel reveals, for instance, that the sergeant walked towards the cliff armed with a rifle. "When he arrived to the place where he couldn't advance further (the edge of the cliff), the sergeant yelled toward the sea; not obtaining a response he made a series of shots towards the luminous object, states the second report. "Suddenly, this object moved extremely fast in the direction of the rocky cliff, arriving at a distance no more than 50 meters from the place where the police were" At that point continues the report, "the whole area became illuminated like at daytime." The document quoted also the description of one of the corporals, according to which the UFO was "a sort of rectangular building with many windows that could be seen clearly but with no one inside." The UFO then passed over the van and continued toward the mountains, where it "remained suspended in the air, throwing a light beam once in a while which would illuminate the area." (Reference 18)

       Eventually, the UFO returned to the coast where, around 6:10 a.m., it was seen and reported by radio from the sea by Manuel Malatesta, captain of the fishing vessel "Martin Pescador." The ship was some 20 miles from the coast between Antofagasta and Iquique, when "a red ball" flew around it for several minutes. The ship's owners, Guanaye Fishing Co., issued a press release about the sighting. After the evolutions over the ship, stated the communiqué, "the unidentified body sank in the sea at a distance of more or less three miles from the ship. The phenomenon was observed by the entire crew." (Reference 19)

       I have taken extra space to analyze this CE-1 because I think it is one of the catalog's best TRUFO candidates. The object was observed continuously by many geographically-independent witnesses for a period of about 8 hours. The close observations were made by three policemen. The colonel added also in his report to Orion that neither of the policemen had consumed a drop of alcohol. The case remained unsolved. It was appropriately titled by the newspaper La Tercera, "The OVNI with a 'Birth Certificate’ in the North."

Reference #17 – Las Ultimas Noticias, “OVNI con ‘Certificado de Existencia’ en al Norte,” September 25, 1971

            Reference #18 – Personal report submitted to Luis Riquelme of the Orion Group, Santiago, May 12, 1979.

            Reference #19 – Las Ultimas Noticias, “reaparecio el OVNI del Norte,” Informacion Aeronautica, October 1984.                                                                                                    

This reference: The MUFON 1987 UFO Symposium Proceedings, pp. 191-192. “A Historical Survey of UFO Cases in Chile”, by J. Antonio Huneeus.

            Secondary references: Unexplained Mysteries of the 20th Century, by Janet and Colin

                                                   Bord, p. 170, published 1989.



09-25-1971 (See 09-23/24-1971 Note-error on date and first name of the ship)

UFO Wave Over Chile


Another UFO was observed for several minutes the next day, September 25, 1971, by the entire crew of a schooner which was en route from Antofagasta to Iquique. Mr. Dietrich Barz, manager of the Guanaye Fishing Co. received a radio message from Manuel Malatesta, the captain of the Martir Pescador, describing the event. At 10:00 a.m., local time, the Guanaye Fishing Co. released the follow­ing press statement: "Our schooner Martir Pescador, sailing from Antofagasta to lquique observed today at 6:10 hours a red ball of light which hovered over them for several minutes. At that time, they were 20 miles south of the mouth of the river Los, 5 miles from the coast. Afterwards, the unidentified body sunk in the water about 3 miles from the ship. The phenomenon was observed by the entire crew which sails under the command of Captain Manuel Malatesta."                                                                                                                                   

This reference: The A.P.R.O. Bulletin, May-June, 1972, p. 5

With Thanks to Larry Hatch’s *U* UFO DATABASE, see

NOTE: Larry Hatch informs me “The name of the fishing boat was the ‘Martir Pescador’ (fisherman-martyr). It doesn’t look like a typo, but rather a religious-oriented name, typically Catholic, probably referring to some early Christian saint.”
Need:  The APRO Bulletin Mar/Apr 1972 p. 9

UFOCAT PRN – 92887 date 9-23-72 Auth. Pablo Petrowitsch Ref. APRO Mar/Apr
                                         1972 p. 9 based on city -
UFOCAT PRN – 92889 date 9-24-72 Auth. Pablo Petrowitsch Ref. APRO Mar/Apr
                                         1972 p. 9
based on city - Caleta Buena ( no location )

South America  - Chile

Tocopilla           Latitude 22-05 S. Longitude 70-12 W ( D-M )

Antofagasta     Latitude 23-39 S. Longitude 70-24 W

Caleta Buena   Latitude 19-53 S. Longitude 70-09 W

Iquique            Latitude 20-13 S. Longitude 70-10 W

Reference: Chile Gazetteer, Prepared in the Office of Geography, Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C., January 1967

UFO location ( UFOCAT ) - Latitude 22.08 S. Longitude 70.16 W ( D.% ) UFOCAT #92887


UFO emerges from the sea (December 19, 1971)

       According to a report in O Globo (Rio de Janeiro) for December 21, 1971, from their representative at Pôrto Alegre a Sr. Victor Soares has given details of a strange flying object which alarmed many people in various towns in the southern Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul during the night of Sunday, December 19, 1971.

       Measured against a ruler held at arm's length, he said it was 5 centimetres wide and enveloped in a sort of mist. It was flying towards the N.E. Many other people also said they had seen it.
       One witness, a young man named Lino Osvaldo Saul, said he was at the beach resort known as Praia da Asuncão with his girl friend when they both actually saw the object emerge from the sea. and come flying towards them. They both fled. They were able to observe however that it was still climbing as it passed over them and that it emitted no sound.

       Other people living at São Leopoldo, Viamão, Carazinha, and also people on the beach at Guaiba also saw the object and said that it was orange-coloured and flying very low. (Credit to Dr. W. Buhler.)                                                                                                                              

This reference: Flying Saucer Review, Supplement 11, August 1972,“Case Histories”, p. 13 “South American Round-up, 1971 – part 2 by Gordon Creighton

Original: APRO Bulletin January 1972, p. 4

UFOCAT PRN – 92848. Ref. APRO Bul. Jan. 1972, p. 4 – No Location. City – Praia Assunção

UFOCAT PRN – 71579. Ref. FSR as above. Location – below. City - São Leopoldo

UFOCAT PRN – 71580. Ref. FSR as above. Location – below. City – Viamão

South America - Brazil

Pôrto Alegre                 Latitude 30-04 S, Longitude 51-11 W ( D-M )

Rio Grande do Sul        Latitude 32-02 S, Longitude 52-05 W

Viamão                         Latitude 30-05 S, Longitude 51-02 W

Carazinha – Not found – but there is a Caràzinho in the area with coordinates close to the others                        Latitude 28-18 S, Longitude 52-48 W

Guaiba – Not found – but there is a Rio Guaíba, with coordinates close to the others in the area                                     Latitude 30-15 S, Longitude 51-12 W

Reference: Brazil Gazetteer, Prepared in the Office of Geography, Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C., January 1963

São Leopoldo               Latitude 29-46-0 S, Longitude 51-8-60 W ( D-M-S )

Praia da Asuncão – Not found - but there is a Vila Assunção with coordinates close to the

others.                         Latitude 30-5-55 S, Longitude 51-15-30 W

UFO Location ( UFOCAT ) Latitude 29.75 S, Longitude 51.18 W ( D.% ) based on city of São


UFO Location ( UFOCAT ) Latitude 30.08 S, Longitude 51.00 W based on city of Viamão.



       A group of seventeen people including a former president of Cuzlo's Court of Justice were traveling in four cars along the road bordering Lake Huaypo when all the cars abruptly stalled and stopped The drivers and some of the passengers got out of the cars. A humming sound was heard coming from the north followed by the appearance from behind the mountains of a silvery blue disc surrounded by an orange halo. The object, with an estimated diameter of ten to fifteen metres flew at high speed towards the lakes and dived into the water. When it submerged, the colour of the water had the same orange tint as that associated with the object. Two or three minutes later the car engines came back to life.                                                                     

This reference:

With thanks to my counterpart in Turkey – Sefer Murat Aksoy for advising me of this case.

BUFORA Journal. Vol. 5, No. 3, p. 10-11
SOBEPS News report summary No. 3 ,p. 53

UFOCAT PRN – 126832 Ref. ( No Location) CUFOS file, SOBEPS News report summary
                                         No. 3 ,p. 53

South America - Peru

Lake Huaypo – Latitude 13-24 S, Longitude 72-08 W ( D-M )

Reference: Peru Gazetteer, Published by the Defense Mapping Agency, Washington, D.C., September 1989.


       While some put their faith in images transported in layers of air, one Buffalo man rejects the whole idea completely.

       One afternoon in the summer of 1972, this man (who has requested that his name not be used) decided to do some fishing. He took his boat out into the eastern end of Lake Erie, close to Buffalo, and started to fish. This day, however, the fish were not cooperating and the only thing disturbing the otherwise calm surface was the plop of his lure. But the lake did not remain placid for long. Without warning, what appeared to be a large silver disk-like object burst from under the water and shot straight up into the summer sky with such a force that the wave it created almost swamped the fisherman's boat!

       Later, this man said that the silver craft was about thirty to forty feet across and had come out of the water less than a hundred yards from his boat. The event had been so sudden and stunning that he could only sit gaping as the craft disappeared high in the sky.

As a result of this close encounter the man no longer fishes in Lake Erie. The thought of what might have happened if the strange craft had been closer to his boat still leaves him in a cold sweat.

        There is an interesting follow-up to this case that once again points up the element of strangeness present in this region. In this particular case the fisherman was reluctant to have his name revealed for fear of ridicule. However, he did reveal to an investigator from MUFON (Mutual UFO Network) - a privately funded UFO investigation group that his was not the only UFO encounter to occur in his family, his wife also underwent a very upsetting experience when she became involved with one of these strange flying objects a week or so later.

This reference: “Gateway to Oblivion” by Hugh Cochrane, pp. 69-70, Published 1980

Original: MUFON File


North America - United States, New York

Buffalo – Latitude 42-53-11 N, Longitude 78-52-43 W ( D-M-S )

Reference: The National Gazetteer of the United States of America, Prepared by the U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the U.S. Board on Geographic Names, Washington D.C., 1990

CISU Case # 032
Location: Loano (SV)
CISU Classification: B ( Objects that fall or dive into water )
Evaluation: Insufficient information
*** An Object plunged into the sea after receiving strange luminous submarine signals.     

This reference: USOCAT by The Italian Center for UFO Studies (CISU) © 1996 by Marco Bianchini.

      Original reference: “Il Giornale dei Misteri” no. 22 page 17

                                    “ItaCat” case no. 7203

UFOCAT PRN – 76369. Ref. UFO Nachtrichten, February 1973

Europe – Italy, Savona

Loano - Latitude 44-08 N, Longitude 8-15 E ( D-M )
This reference: Italy Gazetteer, United States Board On Geographical Names, Department of the Interior, Washington D.C., August 1956.

UFO Location ( UFOCAT ) Latitude 44.13 N, Longitude 8.27 E ( D.% )


Observations of unidentified submarine objects in Norway

by Ole Jonny Brænne

       Between November 12 and 22, 1972, an extensive search was conducted in the 1300-meter-deep Sogne fjord. Thirty Navy vessels, plus NATO forces, participated. The excitement began when the military received a report of a U-boat. The next day, the thirteenth, two witnesses watched an "aircraftlike object" maneuver along the fjord. The same night four other witnesses observed a "bright object" on the water. On November 20, at 1 p.m., a U-boat was seen near Kyrkjebø just as it headed away from Mårenlandet toward the fjord's southern end. Fifteen minutes later it was seen by five police officers at Kvamsøy, a small island about 50 kilometers north of Kyrkjebø, Here frigates dropped mines on the object If these were two observations of the same object, we have a speed of 200 kph--a speed of which no known submarine is capable.                                                                                                                                            

This reference: INTERNATIONAL UFO Reporter, January/February 1995 pp. 12-13 & 17

       Ole Jonny Brcenne is associated with UFO-Norway, that nation's leading UFO-research group. An earlier article of his, "Legend of the Spitsbergen Saucer," appeared in the November/December 1992 issue of IUR.


Europe - Norway

Sogne fjord      Latitude 61-06 N, Longitude 5-10 E ( D-M )

Kvamsøy          Latitude 62-13 N, Longitude 5-23 E

Reference: Norway Gazetteer, Prepared in the Office of Geography, Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C., May 1963

Kyrkjebø          Latitude 61-10-0 N, Longitude 5-55-0 E ( D-M-S )

Mårenlandet [ Måren ] Latitude 61-8-60 N, Longitude 6-4-0 E


Observations of unidentified submarine objects in Norway

by Ole Jonny Brænne

       On the night of November 21, four witnesses sighted four "rockets" shooting up from the water at Hermansverk. The rockets were silent and resembled small red balls of light. On the afternoon of the next day, an antisubmarine missile was fired at the intruders. The water's depth at the site was only 25 meters, and the shock waves of the explosion were so powerful as to throw small boats onto land 10 kilometers away. Any conventional submarine would have been severely damaged and forced to surface; yet this vessel escaped apparently unscathed.

       At the same time other odd events were occurring. Aircraft experienced unexplained electronic problems. Yellow and green objects were seen flying along a mountainside. Navy vessels registered sonar contact with something in deep water. Surveillance aircraft encountered unidentified "helicopters" which executed breakneck maneuvers in fierce storms.                

This reference: IUR, January/February 1995 pp. 12-13 & 17

       Ole Jonny Brænne is associated with UFO-Norway, that nation's leading UFO-research group. An earlier article of his, "Legend of the Spitsbergen Saucer," appeared in the November/December 1992 issue of IUR.


Europe - Norway

Hermansverk – Latitude 61-11 N, Longitude 6-51 E ( D-M )

Reference: Norway Gazetteer, Prepared in the Office of Geography, Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C., May 1963