Go Back Report # 1240


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Meteoric Phenomenon at Sea.

     The steamship Victoria, arrived from Glasgow via Halifax, reports that on the eastern edge of the Grand Banks, during the height of the severe gale, there appeared on the trucks, yards, and stays large balls of fire or phosphorus, strung on the stays and yards at intervals of a foot or two, giving the ship the appearance of being decorated with Chinese lanterns, only more brilliant: they settled on the vessel like a shower of meteors, and disappeared almost as suddenly as they appeared, an occasional one dropping from the yards, bursting with a loud report. One of them fell and burst almost in the face of Mr. Theodore Knox, chief officer, making a noise like a small piece of artillery, but causing no more inconvenience than dazing him for the moment.


Reference for the above text is: E-mail from Ole Jonny Brænne to Chris Aubeck and forwarded to me (CF) dated February 26, 2011.

Original reference: The Richwood Gazette, Richwood, Ohio, USA, 1877 January 11, page 2.




Unknown U.S. port.


Europe – United Kingdom, Scotland

Glasgow               Latitude 55-52-00 N, Longitude 004-15-00 W (D-M-S) [City]

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


North America - Canada

Grand Banks         Latitude 45-00-00 N, Longitude 053-00-00 W (D-M-S) [Newfoundland]

Halifax                   Latitude 44-37-00 N, Longitude 063-33-00 W [Harbor] [Nova Scotia]

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


North America – United States, Ohio, Union

Richwood              Latitude 40-25-35 N, Longitude 083-17-49 W (D-M-S)

Reference: http://geonames.usgs.gov/pls/gnispublic/f?p=139:1:584016604572706



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