Sea Captain Recalls 1968 USO
I am captain of foreign going vessels since 1970. In 1968 I was second
officer on Panamax bulk carrier Swiss flag named
We departed full loaded with coal from Norfolk or Charleston bound for Japan
through Panama channel2.
I was on the night watch from
0000 -0400 and we were sailing south off coast of Florida. The sea was calm
and our speed was 15-16 knots. The weather was fine and the visibility very
I was on the command bridge
outside on the port side and looking to the lights of Palm Beach in distance
just abeam3 and then I saw the lights under the surface some 30-40 meters away
just abeam in the depth of some 10-15 meters. It looked like a big airplane
without wings, tail with all the windows lit on it. There were some 10-15
windows, but I did not count them.
The object was moving with us but
some 30 degrees, crossing our course. The speed was about double of ours and
it went under the bow of our ship and I could see just a gloom when it came
on the other side in front of port bow. Our ship was 250 meters long and her
draft was some 9 meters.
There was AB4 seaman with me on
the bridge but standing by on the wheel even if we were on automatic and I
did not call him outside earlier but ask him later if he could see something
in the sea left of the port bow. He confirmed he see (sic-saw)
a gloom under water. Now what was it?
I excluded a submarine as they have no windows-they would not risk to pass so close under our ship and finally some 30 knots
was too great of speed for a submarine in 1968.
A sight seeing submarine has
windows, but what would she be doing in plain night on open seas (10 NM off
coast) and again risking collision and too big speed and even the size (about
40 meters) for her.
Is there someone who could
explain this sighting?
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Note #1: Possible
misspelling? Should be Grischuna
Note #2: Panama
Note #3: Abeam – At a right angle to the
centerline of a ship.
#4: AB - In the Royal
Navy in the middle of the 18th century, the term Able Seaman
(abbreviated AB) referred to a seaman with at least two years'
experience at sea. Seamen with less experience were referred to as landmen or ordinary seamen.
UFOCAT PRN – NONE
However, we have two NICAP cases in the ocean off
UFOCAT PRN & URN 48056 dated 04-23-1968 Time 2125 -
UFOCAT PRN & URN 48324 dated 06-??-1968 Time 1200
North America – United States. Body of water is the
VA Latitude 36-50-49
N, Longitude 76-17-07 W (D-M-S)
SC Latitude 32-46-36 N,
Longitude 79-55-51 W
Beach, FL Latitude 26-42-20
N, Longitude 80-02-11 W
America - Republic of Panama
Canal Latitude 09-20-00 N,
Longitude 79-55-00 W (D-M-S)