Go Back Report # 1004
11-00-1954

11-??-1954   

A BRITISH NAVAL SIGHTING           

Here is a remarkable story published in the Speyerer Tagespost [German newspaper - Speyer Daily News–CF-], dated 8 Nov. 1954, & translated by the A.S.R.        

       Three British submarines returned to Plymouth after manoeuvres held off the coast of Bristol. The Commander, Captain Chelwan, reported to his Admiral that he had seen "flying saucers" floating on the sea approximately 11 nautical miles south of Lundy Island. He was able to take two photographs showing the objects. The research organisation for U.F.O.'s, formed about a year ago in London and attached to the High Command (Oberkommando), confiscated the films by the Admiral's request and decided that they will be studied, evaluated, and released for publication at a later date. In the meantime, Captain Chelwan has been ordered to treat his encounter with the U.F.O.'s as a military secret and to instruct his officers and men accordingly.

       Before this order was imposed, however, a newspaper man obtained a five-minute interview with Captain Chelwan. Here is the Captain’s story:

       “We surfaced near Lundy Island, and on opening the hatch, my engineer and I noticed, about a mile southwest, two silvery discs floating on the sea. As the sun was shining on the ripples, I thought at first that it was a light reflection, but presently we both heard a buzzing sound. We quickly grabbed our binoculars and examined the objects. They were shaped like a disc slightly elevated in the middle and had no windows, portholes, or other apertures. The elevated middle portion was stationery, but the flat outside portion, surrounding the middle portion like a collar, rotated slowly on the water.

       "We thought the objects measured approximately 100 feet across; the middle portion appeared to be not bigger than one-tenth of the whole disc. The outer portion, surrounding the centre piece, appeared not to be attached to it, as there was a gap between them measuring about two feet.

       “I must say we were very much surprised at the sight of these objects, and officers and men crowded the deck staring as if they were hypnotised. As the whole 'show’ took only about 30 seconds, it was impossible to form a sober judgment. Their origin seems to be a puzzle; technically they seem far above anything we know. Obviously we all thought immediately that they were flying saucers. I intended to give an order to go at them full steam and if possible get alongside them, but the buzzing sound became higher and more urgent until the pitch was so high that it could not be heard any longer. The two discs mounted horizontally, turned sideways at about 300 feet, and disappeared in twenty seconds at a speed which I estimate to have been about 2,000 m.p.h., from the vision of our binoculars. At the same time a reddish glow surrounded the objects."

       The British Admiralty declared that the sighting is to be treated seriously, and the evaluation of it will take some time.                                                                                                               

This reference: Australian Saucer Record, Vol. 2, No. 2, Second Quarter 1956                        

With thanks to The J. Allen Hynek Center for UFO Studies (CUFOS): http://www.cufos.org/  

UFOCAT PRN – 24685

UFOCAT URN – 24685 Computerized Catalog (N=3173), #0829 by L. Schoenherr, no © date

UFOCAT URN – NONE   Speyerer Tagespost, dated 8 Nov. 1954        

Europe – United Kingdom

Plymouth          Latitude 50-23-47 N, Longitude 4-08-19 W (D-M-S)

Bristol               Latitude 51-27-00 N, Longitude 2-35-00 W

Lundy Island    Latitude 51-10-00 N, Longitude 4-40-00 W

Reference: http://gnswww.nga.mil/geonames/GNS/index.jsp

UFO Location (UFOCAT) Latitude 51.18 N, Longitude 4.67 W (D.%)   


 



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