Go Back Report # 1005
08-21~22-1963

08-21~22-1963       
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THE SKJÆRVØY CASE – 1965         
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UFO-INFORMASJON in Oslo, Norway, has received a report of a particularly interesting norwegian (sic) sighting from 1963. The observation took place at a small island named Skjærvøy on the coast of the northern part of Norway. The following is a summary of the incident as told by the observer himself, Helge Mikalsen of Skjærvøy:           
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On August 21 or 22, 1963 at 5 p.m., I took out on a fishing trip in my boat to the sound called Kagsund near Skjærvøy. The weather was clear and there was no wind. At about 6:30 p.m., I was going to change my fishing location to near the "Skjærvøyskjæret" (sunken rock) and was looking west towards the island Arnøy. I suddenly saw a flame, as from a rocket shooting out from the mountain. I thought the Navy was performing some kind of training mission, but if so they would have to be testing something new because I saw a 6 feet wide orange colored (sic) flame. I then saw an object which went straight up in the air, but the speed was not as fast as that of a rocket being launched! At a height of about 6,000 ft., the flame was gone and I saw the sharp outline of a gray object. I figured it to be some sort of balloon or parachute. The object then started to move eastward straight against the wind, and keeping the same altitude, it passed over a mountain top (2,350 ft.) and a small village. As it moved out over the sound, approaching me, it came lower and I realised it was certainly no balloon or parachute. Then the thought struck me that it was a UFO. I now observed 2 objects, one large and one small. The large object had 5 big windows on the side towards me, which were oval on top and about 6 ft. high. The distance to the object was 450 feet, and it hovered about 40 - 50 feet above the water. Suddenly, what appeared to be 2 rails came down out of the large object, and the smaller one hooked on to these and was drawn into the larger one. The small thing was oval, about 6 by 9 feet. No smoke or flame was observed and there was no sound.     
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The time was now 6:40 p.m., and I must admit I was feeling nervous and afraid. For a short moment I had looked around for other witnesses, but could see no other boats. The wind had now increased and the sea was dark, but underneath the object the water was calm and shiny. In one of the object’s windows, I saw a green light beam which was directed at me. The round light (about 1 ft. in diameter) was changing colour, light and dark green, and something seemed to be moving behind the light. I tried to lift a fish into the boat, but could not manage it. I seemed to be paralyzed. Whether this was due to the excitement or something else, I do not know.       
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I judged the large UFO to be about 30 feet high, and 105-120 feet long (diameter?). I cannot say for certain if the object was oval or circular, as it had the same side turned towards me during the whole observation. It was flat underneath but had a dome on top. The object had stopped right over a large, sunken german (sic) cargo ship which shipwrecked here in 1944, and which carried ore and quicksilver. I watched something which I am not certain of, either being drawn out of, or dumped into the sea. Several little dark things were seen between the object and the sea surface. To me it seemed that something was coming up out of the sea and entered in through the bottom of the object. It hovered motionless during this time which was 10 minutes. The UFO then tilted a little to one side and started to accelerate. Suddenly the large object’s speed increased tremendously, and in one minute, it had disappeared in a northerly direction out of the fjord of Kvenangen (sic – Kvænangen). The colour of the object was metallic or silver-grey.     
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On the basis of the investigations carried out by: TRONDHEIM UFO FORENING, Trondheim, & UFO-INFORMASJON, Oslo, it is considered that this person is reliable and that the story very likely is true. Mr. Mikalsen has agreed to the story being publically known.   
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Material kindly supplied by our Norwegian correspondent.                                                    

This reference: from “Pegasus 4” Vol. 3?, 1972

With thanks to The J. Allen Hynek Center for UFO Studies (CUFOS): http://www.cufos.org/  
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UFOCAT PRN – 71204 [DOS: 08-21-1963]

UFOCAT URN – 076142 UFO Nachtrichten, February 1972

UFOCAT URN – 174405 *U* UFO Computer Database by Larry Hatch, # 06396, © 2002      
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UFOCAT PRN – 76142 [DOS: 08-21-1963]

UFOCAT URN – 036817 Computerized Catalog (N=3173), #2760 by L. Schoenherr, no © date
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UFOCAT PRN – 71204 [DOS: 08-22-1963]

UFOCAT URN – 071204 Flying Saucer Review, July 1970, p. 18          
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Europe – Norway, Troms

Skjærvøy                      Latitude 70-03-00 N, Longitude 20-59-00 E (D-M) [Island]

Kagsund                      Latitude 70-02-00 N, Longitude 20-46-00 E (Kågsund = Kågsundet)

Skjærvøyskjæret          Latitude 70-05-00 N, Longitude 20-58-00 E (Skjervøyskjeret) [Rock]

Arnøy                           Latitude 70-08-00 N, Longitude 20-36-00 E (Arnøya)[Island]

Reference: Norway Gazetteer, prepared in the Office of Geography, Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C., May 1963  
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Kvænangenfjord          Latitude 69-56-00 N, Longitude 21-43-00 E (D-M-S)

Reference: http://geonames.nga.mil/ggmaviewer/    
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UFO Location (UFOCAT) Latitude 70.05 N, Longitude 20.95 E [URN 076142 & 036817] (D.%)

                                      Latitude 70.07 N, Longitude 20.95 E [URN 174405]

                                      Latitude 70.05 N, Longitude 20.98 E [URN 071204] 

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