Go Back Report # 1321



Note – This falls into the category called “Water Wheels,” which occurs primarily in the Indian Ocean (the Malabar Coast in the second paragraph) or in the Bay of Bengal (Gulf of Martaban as in the first paragraph). 99+ percent of these cases occur in these areas of high seismic activity. So rather than associating this phenomenon with UFOs, it should be considered more of a seismic mystery.-CF-



Ocean Phenomenon



     An odd spectacle was reported in the Gulf or [sic-of] Martaban recently by the captain of a British India steamer. The weather was serene overhead when the vessel entered an area bubbling with little lights which broke when they reached the surface of the water. Some of the bubbles went wild and zigzagged like flashes of submarine lightning. Then, as if by a command, they were marshalled into curving beams of light, thirty foot across, and radiated like streamers from an unseen maypole miles away [pinwheels]. The skipper concluded from his unwavering compass needle that the phenomenon was due to no electrical storm, but to some volcanic disturbance beneath the sea.

     One Commander Harris told in 1886 of a milky white circle of light near the Malabar Coast which rolled toward him over the face of the water until his ship was completely enveloped. While the ship was in its luminous embrace, the light appeared to reach from one end of the horizon to the other. Apparently the water was studded with patches of inanimate matter suddenly illuminated as if they were a medium for electromagnetic currents. The waves rolled toward the ship and swept into the distance, leaving the vessel again in the darkness.


Reference for the above text is: The Canberra Times, Wednesday 18 June 1930, page 6.

Thanks for E-mail received from Chris Aubeck, June 19, 2011.

Original reference: http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/2309082



Southern Asia - Myanmar (Burma)

Martaban          Latitude 16-31-15 N, Longitude 097-00-45 E (D-M-S) [Gulf]

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


Southern Asia – India, Kerala

Malabar Coast   Latitude 10-00-00 N, Longitude 076-15-00 E

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




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