Go Back Report # 1091


To whom it may concern:

Dear Sir:

This letter may be of some interest to you and for publication:

On July 8, 1966 in latitude 35.3 N and longitude 18.5 W1 (Mediterranean Sea) approximately at 2200 ship time while standing my sea watch on the African Lagoon I noticed a bright star just setting off about 2 points on the starboard bow; an altitude about 45 degrees. As I watched it, I noticed it was getting larger and larger and heading directly towards the ship with tremendous speed. In a matter of seconds, it became about the size of a full moon. I then realized this was a strange and fearful phenomenon taken place. This round bright object continued to descend directly toward the ship with accelerating speed until it expanded to a diameter of about 25 feet, at which time it was just off the starboard bow and a little above the sea. I started to brace myself for the impact and told the wheelman to prepare for same. The object then appeared to come to a sudden stop in mid-air; holding its circular shape and size for a few moments, its bright glow then began to diminish until the object faded out completely.


Barometer 29.96

Force 3 WNW

Temp. Dry-Wet 75

Water temp. 79

Visability - Good

Clear sky

Sincerely Yours

(Name on file at CUFOS)

Third Mate

                                                                                    (Address hand written – on file with CUFOS)

This reference: Typed letter to The J. Allen Hynek Center for UFO Studies (CUFOS).

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

Note 1: 18.5 W would put him in the Atlantic Ocean. I believe that he meant 18.5 E, which is between Italy and Africa, in the Mediterranean Sea.-CF-       

Note by CF: J. Allen Hynek had appended “Poss. meteor” and another researcher came to the same conclusion, however a 25 foot meteor would have continued down and swamped the ship! Not to mention that IT STOPEDa little above the sea.” A very strange meteor.        

UFOCAT PRN – 41599

UFOCAT URN – 41599 (USAF) Blue Book files counted in official statistics       

Location - Mediterranean Sea

Ships History

Vessel             Built                 Years in Service                                                         Tons

African Sun       1942    1960 sold to Maritime Administration, 1965 renamed

                                    African Lagoon, 1969 laid up, 1970 scrapped.                         6,507

Reference: http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/lines/farrell.htm         


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