Go Back Report # 1356



Note: Text was bolded by me for emphasis (CF).


An Extraordinary Phenomenon.—A resident of Parramatta has received the following letter from his son regarding a peculiar experience the passengers and crew of the R.M.S. Orizaba had on her last trip to London. The letter, which was written while the Orizaba was off the Cape Guardafui, dated August 27, 2 a.m., states—“We were expecting to pass Guardafui within the hour, so that another 24 hours will put us in the Red Sea. We had head winds and seas ever since leaving Colombo, and are about a day late. Saw a most peculiar phenomenon last night about 8. The whole sea from horizon to horizon seemed to be lit up from below, not with the usual flashes of phosphorescence, but one steady white glow like a lamp covered with frosted glass. As you know the sea at night appears like a black circle against even the darkest clouds; but this was the reverse. It was like steaming on a sea of fog. It gave everybody the creeps, it appeared so ghostly and uncanny. Although the weather all day was rough and windy, it was smooth and calm while the phenomenon lasted, which was about an hour. The sea appeared to be boiling and twisting from beneath1, and when we ran out of it the edge between the light and dark water was as sharp as if printed. We could see the actual moment that the ship's nose touched the black water. Even our oldest officer, who has been 26 years on the run here, never saw anything resembling it. I would not see it again for £1, it was so uncanny.”


Reference for the above text is:The Sydney Morning Herald, Saturday, 4 October 1902, page 10. 

My reference: E-mail from Chris Aubeck dated August 16, 2011.


Note 1: This is a very good indication of an underwater UFO’s presence. The field is extremely hot and does boil water. Due to the field’s rotation, the water would be swirled about. -CF




Australia - New South Wales

Parramatta         Latitude 33-49-00 S, Longitude 151-00-00 E (D-M-S) [populated place]


Sri Lanka - Western

Colombo             Latitude 06-57-05 N, Longitude 079-50-52 E [harbor(s)]


Somalia - Bari

Cape Guardafui   Latitude 11-50-02 N, Longitude 051-17-12 E [cape]


Red Sea             Latitude 19-00-00 N, Longitude 039-30-00 E [ocean (general)]


Europe - United Kingdom, Hertfordshire

London               Latitude 51-43-00 N, Longitude 000=17-00 W [populated place]

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


Ship’s History

The R.M.S. (Royal Mail Steamer) Orizaba.

The SS Orizaba was built by the Barrow Shipbuilding Company for the Pacific Steam Navigation Company and was used for the Royal Mail service. Designed for the fast trade, the vessel was considered to be a great improvement on existing designs.



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