Go Back Report # 1200



30 December 1677, at sea West of Granada [sic – Grenada1], Spain2.

Unknown "star"


Pierre Boutard, an officer aboard the ship La Maligne, notes in the logbook that "on Thursday the thirtieth day of December 1677 in the morning about 4 hours, we have seen a star in the direction of northwest ¼ west, ending southeast ¼ east, but carrying (such) a great light that all on board thought there was widespread fire, but it was accompanied by over 200 rays carrying such a light that we believed we were all lost. We dropped anchor about 9 or 10 in the morning in the small bay of Grenada."


Reference for the above text is: Wonders in the Sky, by Jacques Vallee and Chris Aubeck, p.231, © 2009.

Original reference: Michel Bougard, La chronique des OVNI (1977), 97.


Note #1: Granada is an inland city in Spain, therefore, they could not have dropped anchor there. However, Grenada is an island and would, I’m sure, have a bay.


Note #2: In addition, in the above text, the logbook states that it is 4 a.m. when they witnessed the event at sea, and later remarks that they anchored at about 9 or 10 a.m. That is only 5 hours, and for a sailing ship at that time in history, to travel from the general area of Europe to the island of Grenada would have taken days, not hours, to travel the distance of over 4,000 miles. Therefore, I feel that “Spain” is in error and that the ship was in fact west of Grenada.


Note #3: In 1498 Christopher Columbus called the island Concepción, but Spanish sailors later called it Granada, probably because it reminded them of that city in Spain. The French conquered the island circa 1650 and changed the name to Grenade. No other French colony had a natural harbor to even compare with that of Fort Royal (later renamed St. George’s, the capital and largest city in Grenada), so to wait out harsh hurricanes, the French navy would shelter in the capital’s natural harbor. When the island was formally ceded to Great Britain in 1783, the British changed the name to Grenada. The island was granted its independence in 1974.




Independent island in the Caribbean Sea.

Grenada     Latitude 12-07-00 N, Longitude 061-40-00 W (D-M-S)

Reference: http://geonames.nga.mil/ggmaviewer/


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