States is not the only country which has had problems with such elusive sea
objects. The Auckland (New Zealand)
Star on July 25, 1958, reported a
similar incident involving the freighter Pakura, which was in the Cook
Strait when an unidentified object was sighted. Officers of the Pakura who
reported the object to authorities told the press that they had been given instructions not to
divulge a description of the craft. However, Mr. D. Fife, who was the Pakura's second
officer and the officer of the watch when the "submarine" was sighted,
described the vessel as
“huge” and "traveling at speed" on the surface. It had features
which made it unlike any he had seen before, he said.
This reference: The
Shadow of the Unknown by Coral E. Lorenzen,
p.84, published 1970
Original: The Auckland
(New Zealand) Star on July 25, 1958
around Australia and New Zealand were the site of a "mystery sub,"
fleetingly seen during the second half of 1958 by ship and aircraft
commanders. Officers of the coastal packet Pakura, off New Zealand, saw a
fast moving "submarine" break surface 40 miles off the entrance to
Cook's Strait on July 23.
It quickly submerged and, despite efforts of the Royal Navy submarine Telemarchas to
make contact, it vanished without a trace. In early October, it--or others
like it--was seen five times within eight days by ships and planes off the
Victoria coast. Specially equipped antisubmarine planes were unable to get a
fix on the elusive vessel. Then, a month later, another mystery sub was
detected and tracked off Sydney Harbor.
This reference: Official
UFO Magazine, May 1977, Vol. 2, No. 3, “Mysteries of the Deep” by Lucius
Farish and Dale Titler, p. 53.
UFOCAT PRN – 76871 [DOS: 07-25-19581]
UFOCAT URN – NONE
Auckland (New Zealand) Star on July 25, 1958
UFOCAT URN – 76871 The Shadow of the Unknown by Coral E.
Lorenzen, p.84, © 1970
Note 1: Date used
in UFOCAT was the publication date of the newspaper.-CF-
UFOCAT URN – NONE
Official UFO Magazine, May 1977, Vol. 2, No. 3, “Mysteries of the
by Lucius Farish and Dale Titler, p. 53
South-Central Pacific – New Zealand
36-52-00 S, 174-46-00 E (D-M-s)
Latitude 41-15 S, 174-30 E (D-M)