Go Back Report # 1111


       1913, February 28: North Sea. (ND/F)1 8:15 p.m. The captain and crew of the steam trawler Othello returning to the port of Hull spotted a distant airborne object with a powerful searchlight. It was a dark night with no moon or stars visible. The object descended and headed toward the ship, making an audible whirring sound. Within 5 minutes it was directly overhead just above the masthead, the searchlight now dazzling. The trawler was illuminated from stem to stern so brightly that “the men assert that it was possible to read by it." Two body lights were visible on the aft of the object about 5 or 6 feet apart.

       Fearing a collision, the captain blew the whistle and swung the vessel around to the west. The unidentified craft then circled the ship twice, keeping its searchlight focused on the ship the whole time. Then it climbed and departed toward the west. As it left, the captain gave a parting salute with the siren, and the craft replied with a flash from the searchlight. When they reached port, the captain and crew filed written statements with their company. (The incident was reported in numerous newspapers, including the London Times and the Daily Telegraph.; cited in Watson et al., n.d.)                                                                                                                 

This reference: From Airships to Arnold: A Catalogue of UFO Reports in the Early 20th Century by Richard H. Hall, © 2007 - UFO Research Coalition, 10621 John Ayres Drive, Fairfax, VA 22032

Note 1: ND= Nocturnal Disc/F=typical UFO features   

UFOCAT PRN - 96921

UFOCAT URN – 096921 News clip dated March 04, 1933, Hull Daily Mail

UFOCAT URN – 146099 From Airships to Arnold: (1900-1946) by Richard Hall, p. 9, © 2000
UFOCAT URN – 068684 World-Wide Catalog of Type 1 Reports, #0086 by Peter Rogerson,
                                        no © date

North Sea/United Kingdom, Humberside

North Sea        Latitude 55-20-00 N, Longitude 003-00-00 E (D-M-S)

Hull                  Latitude 53-43-00 N, Longitude 000-20-00 W [Kingston upon Hull]

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


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