Strange Power of a Meteor.
A very curious observation of the effects produced by a meteor seen at sea is made public through the Hydrographic Bureau in Washington. Captain Redman, of the British steamship Nerano, when a little more than two hundred miles southeast of Cape Clear during a recent voyage from Baltimore to Harvre [sic-Le Havre], saw a meteor which appeared to pass close to his ship.
An observation of the North Star taken soon after the appearance of the meteor showed a surprising result. The direction of the ship's compass needle had been changed no less than eleven degrees! Before the meteor passed, the needle had pointed about 5 degrees 30 minutes west of true north, but now it pointed 5 degrees 30 minutes east of north.
That the meteor had caused the change was indicated by the fact that within twenty-four hours the needle returned to its former position, moving slowly back about eleven degrees toward the west.
Equally great effects have been produced upon ships' compasses by lightning, but in such cases the bolts have actually struck the ship. The meteor seen by Captain Redman did not touch his ship, and while he makes no estimate of its actual distance, it was probably considerable, since there is no report of its having been observed to fall into the sea.
Reference for the above text is: Newspaper: Wisconsin State Register, Portage, Wisconsin, May 18,1895
Thanks to Ole Jonny Brænne for e-mailing this case to me on March 07, 2012.
The same text appeared in the Nunda News, Nunda, N.Y., dated Saturday, May 4, 1895.
UFOCAT PRN – 79256[DOS: 05-06-1895] (a possibility)
UFOCAT URN – 79256 Flying Saucers Have Landed by Desmond Leslie, p. 32, © 1953
(Very little information given in UFOCAT, but Leslie was a British writer and this case concerns a British steamship.)
Europe – Ireland. Body of water is the Celtic Sea.
Cape Clear Latitude 51-25-32 N, Longitude 009-31-08 W (D-M-S) [cape]
North America – United States, Maryland, Baltimore
Baltimore Latitude 39-17-25 N, Longitude 076-36-44 W (D-M-S) [populated place]
Europe – France, Haute-Normandie
Le Havre Latitude 49-30-00 N, Longitude 000-08-00 E (D-M-S) [populated place]
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