Go Back Report # 147
08-24-1957

08-24-1957  

STRANGE UFO HOVERS OVER SHIP IN S. PACIFIC

       According to the South Pacific Post, a newspaper published at Port Moresby, Papua, New Guinea, a strange object was sighted from a government trawler on August 24, 1957, in the Ninigo Islands.

       A patrol officer and four Europeans watched the UFO hover near their ship for 20 minutes. The Acting Director of Native Affairs, Mr. J. K. McCarthy, stated that the patrol officer, Mr. E. S. Esdale, was on the government trawler Eros when he and the others saw the object.

       Mr. Esdale reported that he was in the Ahu passage, in the Ninigo Group, when a strange light appeared in the west. "It assumed the appearance of a large yellow star. It hovered in one place for 20 minutes, but changed from yellow to red, then to green and finally to crimson.

       "It remained still for 20 minutes, then moved violently in a small area. It eventually turned from crimson to green and appeared to enter the sea."                                                        

This reference: Flying Saucer Review, Vol. 4, No. 4, p. 7 July/August 1958      

ALSO  

The New Guinea Sightings

By Rev. N. Cruttwell

3. A Strange Light over the Ningo Islands [Note: Correct spelling is Ninigo-CF-]

       The following appeared in the South Pacific Post, the principal newspaper of the territory, published in Port Moresby. The issue was dated 6th Nov. 1957.

       "A patrol officer and four Europeans recently watched a strange unexplainable light hover near their ship for 20 minutes,” the Acting Director of Native Affairs, Mr. J. K. McCarthy, said yesterday.

       He said that the Patrol Officer, Mr. E. S. Esdale, was on the government trawler Eros on August 24th in the Ninigo Islands when he and the others saw this light.

       "Mr. Esdale reports that he was in the Ahu passage in the Ninigo group when a strange light appeared in the west," Mr. McCarthy said.

       “It assumed the appearance of a large yellow star.

       “It hovered in the one place for twenty minutes, but changed from yellow to red, then to green, and finally to crimson. It remained still for twenty minutes and then moved violently in a small area.

       "It turned from crimson to green, then appeared to fall into the sea," Mr. McCarthy said.           

       This report, coming from such a reliable source, is certain to be factual. The appearance of falling into the sea may be due to the rapid disappearance of the object over the horizon. The hovering and sudden movement precludes either a star or a meteor. The most significant feature of this sighting is the change of colour, an effect noticed again and again in the reports.

       This is the last of the pre-1958 reports. It will be seen that sightings in the territory are not new. There were probably others not reported or which have not come to my ears. I did not take the matter seriously until the latter part of 1958 when things began to happen on my doorstep.

This reference: The A.P.R.O. Bulletin, July 1961, pp. 5-7

With thanks to Larry Hatch’s *U* UFO Computer Database, see http://www.larryhatch.net

Original reference: South Pacific Post, Port Moresby, Papua, New Guinea, November 06, 1957

UFOCAT PRN – 97293

UFOCAT URN – 097293 Newspaper clipping, November 6, 1957

UFOCAT URN – NONE    Flying Saucer Review, Vol. 4, No. 4, p. 7, July/August 1958

UFOCAT URN – 089667 The A.P.R.O. Bulletin, July 1961, pp. 5-7

UFOCAT URN – 073298 Invisible Residents by Ivan T. Sanderson, p. 39, © 1970

UFOCAT URN – 057111 UFOs in Two Worlds: FSR Special Edition, No. 4, © 1971

UFOCAT URN – 169761 *U* UFO Computer Database by Larry Hatch, # XXXXXX, © 2002    

Central Pacific Ocean – Bismarck Archipelago

New Guinea and these islands are located north of Australia.-CF-

Ninigo Island Group     Latitude 1-16-00 S, Longitude 144-16-00 E (D-M-S)

Ahu Island                   Latitude 1-19-00 S, Longitude 144-10-00 E

Note: Ahu is inside the Ninigo group and should not be confused with Aua which is shown on the map above and is outside the Ninigo group.-CF-

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

Aua                              Latitude 1-27 S, Longitude 143-04-00 E (D-M)

Reference: http://www.wuvulu.com/indexes.shtml#A            

       The Ninigo Islands are located in the Western Islands region, situated 73 km northwest of the Hermit Islands and 255 km northwest of Manus Island (the largest of the Admiralty Islands); the PNG mainland is located 260 km to the south. The Ninigo Islands themselves form a large open-atoll structure (image centre) that is surrounded by several smaller atoll formations — however, the entire group is usually referred to as the Ninigo Islands. In total there are 7 atolls with around 50 small islets.

       The largest component is that of Ninigo, forming a 34 km long by 18 km wide atoll open on its western side. The major island is Mal, located at the southern end of the outer reef. Other islands on the reef include: Hepi, Lau, Pelipa, Ahu, Sawapil, Chauch, Menan, Longan, Nahanu, Hepisasa, Chacheon, Maichuch, Potaminam, Amik, Puol, Pisa, Ngi, Onia, Wahangahun, Sabucho, Pihun, Keholl, Kamochin, Sand and Nunu. Within the Ninigo lagoon are the islands of Pingilap, Talil, Hottom, Bahanat and Amot.

http://www.oceandots.com/pacific/png/ninigo.htm    

UFO location (UFOCAT) - Latitude 1.35 S, Longitude 144.25 E (D.%) 


 



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