Go Back Report # 1538



More Maritime Mysteries: The Haunted Seas
By Scott Corrales (c) 2012

An Enigma in the Norwegian Sea

A Spanish fishing vessel – the Piñeiro Correa – set out from the rich fishing waters off Massachusetts toward the Norwegian Sea. Registered at the port of O Morrazo in Galicia, Spain’s northwestern corner, Captain Alvaro Otero would never forget the day in which his routine was interrupted by something he would remember as one of the strangest experiences the sea had offered him: The date was 12 September 1977, and the Piñeiro Correa had already reached the Faeroe Islands.     

Ship’s engineer Manuel Carballo recalls that the captain summoned the crew to the bridge at 21:00 hours to witness an extraordinary phenomenon: a structure resembling “a large umbrella filled with unexplained lights, with a very bright light at its highest tip, issuing rounded spindles of color that faded as they fell into the ocean.” The engineer – who made an entry in his personal log – told journalist Juan Calvo of the O Faro de Vigo newspaper in a 2009 interview (http://www.farodevigo.es/portada-o-morrazo/2009/11/15/avistamiento-mar-noruega/386525.html)
[Spanish newspaper] that “the colors were very hard to describe” and that the main light “turned off after being visible for 20 minutes.” The engineer further recalled that it was a clear night with a full moon and mild weather for that latitude but that a storm broke out the minute the phenomenon was extinguished.    

Throughout the entire experience, the fishing vessel’s crew had remained calm, beholding the strange phenomenon without any apprehension. Perhaps they could not sense the skipper’s growing disquiet as he realized the unknown luminous phenomenon was heading their way. Captain Otero ordered his second in command to put the Piñeiro Correa on autopilot and then ordered the crew below decks once more. “My own recollection,” Otero told the reporter from O Faro de Vigo, “is similar to Carballo’s, but I remember that there was a central beam of light descending straight into the sea.”         

The other witnesses to the event, whose names appear in the newspaper article, kept an unspoken pact of silence among them, as they knew the phenomenon they’d seen with their own eyes was atypical. The article notes that upon returning to their homeport at the end of the squid-fishing season, the crew contacted astronomy and navigation instructors at the Escuela Náutica Pesquera de Vigo (Nautical Fishing Academy of Vigo) for consultations. The instructors showed them an array of possible phenomena reported at sea, but none of the slides and photos matched what they had witnessed off the Faeroe Islands. There was no photo or cine camera aboard the Piñeiro Correa with which they could have captured the phenomenon for posterity. The crewmen remain convinced that they saw “something extraterrestrial.”  

But the unknown appeared to dog the fishing vessel: the Piñeiro Correa was sold and renamed Cisne Blanco (White Swan), finding itself in Chilean waters many years later. Jesús Piñero, the only crewman left aboard from the old ship’s complement, now acting as boatswain, remembers a night when the crew was called up to the bridge. “There was something suspended above the sea with very large lights. It suddenly vanished and left a wake behind it. It wasn’t collective madness or a sea story. Forty crewmen stood there, witnessing what is nowadays considered an unidentified flying object.”      

Reference for the above text: Website: Inexplicata - The Journal of Hispanic Ufology, “More Maritime Mysteries: The Haunted Seas” by Scott Corrales, IHU (Institute of Hispanic Ufology), ©2012. Posted March 26, 2012, and retrieved March 29, 2012. See:  


Faeroe Islands. Body of water is the North Atlantic Ocean .
Faeroe Islands   Latitude 62-00-00 N, Longitude 007-00-00 W (D-M-S) [islands - Faroe]
Reference: http://geonames.nga.mil/ggmaviewer/    

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