Go Back Report # 1065
03-12-1908

03-12-1908  

Note: In the following text I have inserted my commentaries on various aspects of this sighting in blue print, so as to distinguish them from the original text. I found this article, which must be viewed as possible newspaper fill or fiction, interesting as several points in the text were NOT known to the people of the period as a UFO.-CF-        

Monster Was ‘All Lit Up’

“March 27. – At 8 p.m. Thursday, March 12, latitude 22.06 north, longitude 72.21 west. One-half mile off starboard bow sighted strange marine monster. It approached and followed ship all night. Friday at 9 a.m. monster crossed our bows. Passengers in a panic. Reduced speed to five knots.” – Extract from the log of the Admiral Farragut.

Sitting in the doorway of his cabin, collarless and in his shirt sleeves, Captain Mader of the fruit steamer Admiral Farragut, which arrived recently from Port Antonio [Jamaica], told the story.           

“We picked the sea serpent up – or rather the monster picked us up – late one night,” said he. “I was on the bridge when one of the passengers, an elderly man, rushed up and excitedly called my attention to a phosphorescent light several miles astern. At first I thought it was a new submarine boat. As it came nearer we played the searchlight on it and could see that it was some strange sea monster.        

It seemed about 120 feet long and threshed its way through the rough sea at a fearful speed. All night long it followed the vessel and during that time most of the passengers and crew remained on deck. The phosphorescent glow of the monster lighted up the sea within a radius of fifty feet. What a “fearful speed” might be is unknown to me, but I would assume that it might be faster, at least, than the speed of the ship. The fact that the sea was lit up to a radius of 50 feet indicates that either the plankton were disturbed beyond the “sea serpent” by some means or that it possessed an extremely bright, artificial light source.          

“On the next morning about breakfast time, the serpent swam within thirty feet of the starboard side. The creature resembled a huge boa constrictor, with the exception that its body was green. From its side streamed seaweed and other marine growth. Green is a color commonly found in water UFO cases. The snake-like movements of the object could be attributed to a cylindrical object with the water’s movement distorting its shape into that of a snake. 

“The monster raised its head several feet above the water. It had huge eyes projecting from the top of its head and two green horns that projected upward nearly five feet. The horns resembled large antennae and moved about continually. Five foot horns that resemble antennae are one thing, but to have them “moved about continually” seems more like a mechanical operation. 

“Three times the serpent crossed our bows and fearing to run it down, I signaled the engineer to reduce speed to five knots an hour.           

“Some of the persons on board thought the monster was hungry, and we threw over several sacks of peanuts and a few bunches of bananas. When we arrived off Cape Hatteras late that day the monster circled around and swam south.”                                                                

This reference: Oakland [California] Tribune, March 28, 1908. With thanks to Jerome Clark of the Magonia Group: http://anomalies.bravepages.com    

UFOCAT PRN – NONE           

Atlantic Ocean – Near Turks and Caicos Islands

Actual arrival port unknown-CF-         

Port Antonio [Jamaica] Latitude 18-11-00 N, Longitude 76-28-00 W (D-M-S)

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

Cape Hatteras [USA]   Latitude 35-13-29 N, Longitude 75-31-49 W (D-M-S) [Cape]

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

Sighting position in text - Latitude 22.06 N, Longitude 72.21 W (D.%)          


 



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