Apparently for our visitors, however,
these hazards hold no threat. In fact, from the number of sightings in the
area [Vancouver Island, from previous page.-CF-] it
would appear they make it a base of operations and none suggests this more
strikingly than the experience of Capt. A.G. Chamberlain and his helmsman,
Michael Adlem, aboard the Canadian survey ship, Parizeau.
Although the long, often fierce nights
of winter were over, the two had to be fully alert on the bridge as they
carried out an operation off that stretch of coast one night in May, 1975. Towing a
magnetometer, and with a group of scientists on board, the ship was
conducting a geophysical survey to measure local variations in the earth's
magnetic field, as well as making a hydro-graphic survey. The vessel at that
time was about 60 miles from shore.
"It was rather a dirty
night," the captain recalled, "very heavily overcast with a low cloud ceiling of about
1,000 feet, and with a light drizzle.
"I had been walking back and forth
across the wheelhouse when ahead of us I saw a bright light falling from the
cloud cover. My first reaction was that it was a flare, and then I thought of
a falling meteorite or shooting star. But: it was too large for that. I had
just decided it was an aircraft falling in flames when the object came to a
dead stop. It didn't slow down. It just stopped.
"After remaining stationary for a
brief period about half a mile away and two or three hundred feet above the
water, the object took off horizontally without any change in its altitude.
We watched it speed away for about eight or nine miles until it disappeared in the rain.
The whole sighting lasted about half a minute."
Emphasizing that all his measurements
were guesswork, although based on long experience in looking out the
wheelhouse windows, Capt. Chamberlain estimated the circular or oval object
to be 200-250 feet in diameter and about 50 feet in depth. Brilliantly lit as
if the casing itself was luminous, it was pure white on top while the lower
portion was a pulsating red. No windows or openings of any sort were evident.
"This thing impressed me as being
an immense object," the captain added. "Its maneuverability (sic) as it fell and the speed with which it
disappeared into the distance were something I couldn't possibly explain.
Neither was there any sound.
"The impression I got while the
object was stationary was that it was a beautifully engineered piece of
Coming from a man who has spent more
than 30 years of his life in seagoing service and has had far more experience
than most people in observing ships and aircraft, this tribute to the strange
craft's performance and design stood out in our interview with Capt. Chamberlain.
It was understandable that for hours after he left the bridge that night he
stayed awake thinking of what he had seen.
A point of added significance was that
the UFO apparently arrived on the scene deliberately, as if detecting in the
murky night that there was something unusual going on.
scientist," the captain explained, "but I would think that, given
the right instruments, anyone in the proximity of the ship could have told
that a magnetometer was being used. Also of course we had survey lights
on, so obviously we were carrying out a particular sort of operation."
This reference: Our
UFO Visitors by John Magor, pp. 20-22, © 1977
UFOCAT PRN - 96001
UFOCAT URN – 96001 - Our UFO Visitors by John Magor, pp.
20-22, © 1977
North America – Canada, British Columbia
49-30-00 N, Longitude 125-30-00 W (D-M-S)
UFO Location (UFOCAT) Latitude 49.27 N,
Longitude 123.09 W (D.%)