Go Back Report # 1000

05-15-1957 – U.S.S. Franklin D. Roosevelt            



       The greatest unexplored area of the Earth is not on dry land but under the mighty oceans that cover three-fourths of the earth's surface. Just how unexplored and how unknown the seas are was suggested by two incidents which happened within two days of each other last May.

       The carrier Franklin D. Roosevelt was cruising about 40 miles off the coast of Florida on May 15 in an area where the water is shallow—only around 100 feet deep. The carrier draws 25 feet of water so it had about 75 feet clearance. Then occurred one of those mysteries that confounds students of the ocean. The Navy itself has been extremely evasive regarding the incident.

       The Franklin D. Roosevelt hit something.  

What it hit remains unknown. The skipper, Capt. T. W. Hopkins, said the Roosevelt "shuddered" on impact with the object. The Navy reported that damage "apparently was not too extreme."

       "I don't know what happened," Hopkins said. "I made my report to Admiral Cornwell and I can't say much other than that there were no submarines or anything like that ... not at all."

       There was an oil slick from whatever the huge ship hit. "I don't ascribe it to anything of a foreign nature or source," Captain Hopkins declared, whatever that means.

       Capt. S. S. Search, Chief of Staff to the Commander of Fleet Air, Jacksonville, also explained nothing when he said: "We are limited as to what we can tell people at certain times, and I can't say what we've heard. But I think I would be inclined to discount such a report about submarines."

       Thus two captains went to the trouble to deny that whatever the Franklin D. Roosevelt hit was an unidentified (Russian) sub.

       But it must have been something mighty strange to damage the gigantic carrier and send a huge oil slick bubbling to the surface. 


       Now this may be only coincidence, but it is a very strange coincidence. Two days later, Captain J. H. Hanson of the Danish freighter Mary North radioed that he had sighted a lighted, distress signal buoy in the North Sea off the Netherlands. A message from him the following day said that the Mary North had stopped its engines, and the crewmen were able to hear clearly from the engine room a strange, knocking noise underwater.

       "We were unable to understand the signals," Hansen reported.

       Upon notification of this radio message, the Dutch destroyer Utrecht was dispatched to search the scene.

       It radioed that at (sic – it) had made "contact with a subject underwater." Then it continued its observations by radioing that it "discovered nothing further."

       The British also dispatched a destroyer to the scene. Nothing further was reported, but the British Admiralty announced sourly that "there is no submarine belonging to any country missing." The next thing we will undoubtedly hear is that the Franklin D. Roosevelt never did hit anything and that neither the Mary North nor the Utrecht made any contacts either.                                    

This reference (Original): Fate magazine, September 1957, p. 6 and 8-9, “I See by the Papers,” author unknown         


May 15, 1957

Off east coast of Florida

USS FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT reportedly hits a submerged object. The object is not thought to be a submarine. The Navy later denies that the carrier hit an object, claiming instead that a propeller had broken.                                                                                                                                     

This reference: http://www.navysite.de/cvn/cv42.htm           

Special thanks to my friend David Clawson who has helped me with computer problems, finding cases, and trying to explain the NEW physics to me.-CF-       

UFOCAT PRN –141792 [DOS: ??-??-1957]

UFOCAT URN – NONE    Fate magazine, September 1957, p. 6 and 8-9

UFOCAT URN – 141792 A Geo-Bibliography of Anomalies by George Eberhart, #0414, © 1980

North America – United States, Florida, Duval

Jacksonville      Latitude 30-19-56 N, Longitude 81-39-20 W (D-M-S)

Reference: http://geonames.usgs.gov/pls/gnispublic.

UFO Location (UFOCAT) Latitude 30.35 N, Longitude 81.68 W (D.%) 


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