Go Back Report # 1595

Note: I am not sure if September 1 is the date of the actual sighting or if it should be August 31 as implied by “yesterday afternoon.” The news clip’s publishing date is September 4.       

Strange object seen in sea

   Craigour Gardens, Gullane, September 1, 1913.     
   Sir,—While taking my usual walk on the shore yesterday afternoon, I saw a most peculiar object. About a mile west of Fidra Lighthouse there is a lot of rocky points and small bays, and on coming to one of these points, I saw this thing keep flash, flashing on the surface of the water. It was from 3 to 4 inches above the waves, and looked to me to be something wooden. It looked about 2½ to 3 inches in diameter, and always seemed to be in a perpendicular position. The flashes seemed to come out of it at the surface of the water, and after the flash there was a puff of smoke and a crack like a pistol. I timed the flashes on my watch, and there were from 70 to 75 per minute, all very irregular. The tide was almost at the full, and when I first saw the thing it was about twenty yards out, and as it came slowly westwards with the tide it got to about forty yards rounding the little bay. As it neared the next point of rocks (which took about forty-five minutes), the tide was on the turn, so it gradually got further out until it turned altogether and went off very fast on the tide in a northeasterly direction. Can any of your readers explain this wonderful thing? I am, &c.      

Andrw. Brunton.          

Reference for the above text is: E-mail from Chris Aubeck forwarding Kay Massingill’s message to the Forteana exchange, dated March 30, 2013.       
Original text from: News clip: The Scotsman, dated Thursday 04 September 1913.   


United Kingdom – Scotland, East Lothian       
Craigour Gardens   Unable to locate   
Gullane                Latitude 56-02-00 N, Longitude 002-49-00 W (D-M-S) [populated place]  
Gullane Point        Latitude 56-02-00 N, Longitude 002-52-00 W [point]       
Reference: http://geonames.nga.mil/ggmaviewer/    

Fidra Lighthouse   Latitude 56-04-23 N, Longitude 002-47-00 W (D-M-S) [lighthouse - East Lothian]           

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