Go Back Report # 1353



Strange Lights at Sea.


   Capt. Tellefsen, of the Solva, witnessed at sea a remarkable sight on the morning of August 24. He was called up at one o’clock by his chief officer to look at a curious phenomenon. From the surface of the water about thirty fathoms from the steamer, there sprang up what appeared to be a pillar of light, the rays of which illuminated the whole ship. The light was very strong and appeared to be electric. It lasted about an hour. Capt. Tellefsen says that a similar phenomenon occurred a year or two ago in the Straits of Malacca but he had never heard of one in the Gulf of Siam. The lights appeared ahead of the vessel. On the surface of the water they were about six feet square, but the rays or radiation enveloped the whole ship. The light moved with extraordinary rapidity and was intensely brilliant. It approached the ship in waves at first, and the spectacle as the bows passed through them was extremely fine. After a while the lights disappeared for a moment, only to reappear on the port quarter and later to starboard. Altogether the strange phenomenon continued for about an hour and a half.


Reference for the above text is: The Straits Times (Singapore) 5 September 1911, page 6:


My reference: E-mail to me (CF) from Chris Aubeck, dated August 14, 2011.




At sea in an unknown location

Since the article appeared in the The Straits Times in Singapore, I would assume that the ship was in the waters relatively close to that city (August 24 to September 5 = 12 days to port.-CF)

Singapore               Latitude 01-17-35 N, Longitude 103-51-21 E (D-M-S) [capital of a political entity]

Straits of Malacca   Latitude 02-30-00 N, Longitude 101-20-00 E

Gulf of Siam           Latitude 10-00-00 N, Longitude 102-00-00 E [now Gulf of Thailand]

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

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