This same case appears under different dates on my website:
08-08-1954 – Mentions the ship’s name and nationality: http://www.waterufo.net/item.php?id=102
09-02-1954 – Ship’s nationality only: http://www.waterufo.net/item.php?id=103
Now the closest to correct (a newspaper report):
09-20-1954 - Mentions the ship’s name and nationality and gives the ship’s origin and destination. The only question remaining is which San Pedro was used to pick up the fuel oil, not that it matters a great deal.
Trip originates in Vancouver, B.C., Canada and follows the U.S. and Mexican coastlines to the Panama Canal, then goes northeast over the Atlantic Ocean to London, UK. –CF-
WATERPROOF Ball of Fire Seen Skipping on Ocean
A ball of fire that moved in and out of the water without being extinguished was reported seen Monday [20th] by the master of a Honduras freighter 45 miles west of Ensenada. Coast Guard radiomen here [Long Beach, California] intercepted a message from the 7,194-ton freighter Aliki P., which stopped at San Pedro Sunday for fuel oil en route from Vancouver to London. "Observed ball of fire moving in and out of water without being extinguished," the message said. “Trailing white smoke1. Moving in erratic course, finally disappeared.” The vessel is manned by a Greek crew.
Reference for the above text is:
newspaperarchive.com: http://www.newspaperarchive.com/FullPagePdfViewer.aspx?img=45599878 (must be a member to open).
With thanks to researcher Chris Aubeck of the Magonia research group for forwarding this to me.
Note 1: This white smoke could also be steam, generated by the heat of the field surrounding the UFO and touching the water, which it is entering and leaving. –CF-
UFOCAT PRN – NONE (for 09-20-1954)
North America – Canada, British Columbia
Vancouver Latitude 49-15-00 N, Longitude 123-07-00 W (D-M-S)
North America – United States, California, Los Angeles
Long Beach Latitude 33-46-01 N, Longitude 118-11-21 W (D-M-S)
San Pedro Latitude 33-44-09 N, Longitude 118-17-32 W
North America – Mexico, Baja California
Ensenada Latitude 31-52-00 N, Longitude 116-37-00 W (D-M-S)
San Pedro Latitude 31-01-33 N, Longitude 116-37-37 W
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