Go Back Report # 1558


From: Terry W. Colvin 
To: UFO UpDates - Toronto     
Date: Tue, 4 Dec 2012 15:06:04 +0700 (GMT+07:00) (E-mail date)  
Subject: Kootenay Lake Monster Boat Motor Interference     

1] Kootenay Lake Monster    

[Vehicle engine interference is a commonly reported attribute of UFOs, but the case below is the first instance I've come across of a boat's motor being similarly affected in the presence of a lake monster. As I recall, there's an account or two in the Bords' *Bigfoot Casebook* of cars that failed to start when Bigfoot was lurking in the vicinity—and that's the little I know about cryptids
2 shutting down engines and motors. Ghosts have been known to stop cars, and witches traditionally have the power to stop wagons, and sometimes a countercharm—such as the one used by one of the boat passengers— is effective in getting the horses moving again.—bc]  

John Kirk, in the Domain of the Lake Monsters (Toronto: Key Porter Books, 1998), p. 188.      

Only one interview has ever been obtained from a living witness of a Kootenay Lake monster and it was due to the diligent detective work of the late Jim Clark who managed to track down Naomi Miller, a resident of the small lakeside community of Wasa in 1937. Miller's story is a fascinating one and here is her own account of what took place:      

"Our family always used a boat to go to Kaslo from our home at Shutty Beach
[sic – Bench3], four miles north on the shore of Kootenay Lake. Many of our neighbours were forced, in those depression years, to walk to town to do their errands and to walk home again. The Williams family, who lived less than half-a-mile from us, were among those who had no boat, no horse and no car. One day Mr. Williams came to our door, explaining that he had an urgent errand in Kaslo. Could he please have a ride to town? My father willingly let him use one of our boats with a small outboard motor. It was also agreed that my brother and I (aged six and ten) would accompany him to do a few errands.     

“Errands accomplished, we enjoyed a sunny July day and a crystal clear lake as the motor purred driving us homeward. We rounded the "Big Point" and were barely out of sight of Kaslo when the motor coughed and stopped. Moments later we were aware of a ripple just ahead of the boat. A black head reared followed by at least one hump above the water some eight feet behind us. This weird creature swam between our boat and the shore to a position behind us. We sat hypnotized until the "Ogopogo" dived with a gurgling sound into the calm water. Mr. Williams made the sign of the cross [...], twice, to protect himself from evil. He then pulled the starting cord and the outboard motor responded as if nothing had happened. We do not know what we saw, but agree that it was longer than our 16 foot boat, and three of us in it that July day in 1937."        

Terry W. Colvin
Ladprao (Bangkok), Thailand   
Pran Buri (Hua Hin), Thailand   
[Terry's Fortean & "Work" itty-bitty site]         

Note 1: Forteana         
Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forteana#Fortean_phenomena        

Note 2: cryptids:         
Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_cryptids        

Note 3: A bench is a flat narrow platform of land, especially one marking a former shoreline.           
Reference: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/bench   

Reference for the above text is: E-mail to UFO UpDates dated 04 Dec 2012. Retrieved by me (CF) 12-30-2012.  


North America – Canada, British Columbia      
Kootenay Lake   Latitude 49-40-00 N, Longitude 116-50-00 W (D-M-S) [lake]
Wasa                  Latitude 49-46-00 N, Longitude 115-43-00 W [populated place]       

Big Point             Unable to locate        
Reference: http://geonames.nga.mil/ggmaviewer/    

Kaslo                  Latitude 49-54-28-00 N, Longitude 116-54-37 W (D-M-S)     

Shutty Bench      Latitude
49°58' N, Longitude 116°55' W [unincorporated area]       

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