8 April 1813, Atlantic Ocean
Shell-shaped floating monster
As the ship Niagara was about latitude 43 north, longitude 65 west, a large hump was seen on the southern horizon, “bearing N.W. distance 6 or 8 miles ahead, which we supposed the hull of a large ship bottom up. When within a gunshot of it, we discovered that it had motion.”
On nearer approach the sailors thought the object must be a giant fish, “apparently 200 feet in length, about 30 feet broad, and from 17 to 18 feet high in the centre.” Whatever it was, the floating object was covered with a shell. “Near the head on the right side was a large hole or archway, covered occasionally with a fin1 which was at times 8 or 10 feet out of the water.” The crew intended to send a boat to make further discoveries “but was deterred from the dreadful appearance of the monster.”
Reference for the above text is: Wonders in the Sky, by Jacques Vallee and Chris Aubeck, pp. 292-293, © 2009.
Original reference: Log Book of the ship Niagara, Captain Merry, traveling from Lisbon to New York, cited in the Plattsburgh [New York] Republican, 14 May 1813.
Note 1: A hatch cover perhaps?
UFOCAT PRN – NONE
The coordinates given in the text would place the ship in the Atlantic Ocean, roughly south of Nova Scotia, Canada, and east of Boston, Massachusetts. (CF)
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