Go Back Report # 1617



   On Oct. 7, Joseph Gwooz, Master of the S.S. Nantucket, and several passengers spotted an oval-shaped UFO which first hovered over Nantucket Island, Mass., then sped away. The Nantucket Steamship Authority vessel was moving out of the harbor when the sighting occurred.           
   Mr. Gwooz, who had never before seen a UFO, quoted from the ship's log in his report to NICAP:            
   "Time 1455 (2:55 pm, EDST). En
trance Nantucket Channel. White [sic-While] outbound from Nantucket for Martha's Vineyard, Woods Hole, and New Bedford, sighted unknown object hovering in the sky, estimated height 8,000 to 10,000 feet, at an angle of about 160°. Object remained stationary for a minute or more, then shot up and away to the N.E. and disappeared out of sight at a rapid rate of speed. Color of object grayish. Oval shape.”
   Included in his report was a sketch
of the object showing that the ratio of the major axis to the minor axis was about 2½:1 (or approximately the proportions of a football). It hovered almost directly overhead before zooming away.            
   Other UFO sightings were reported from Pennsylvania and Connecticut on October 5-6.   

Reference for the above text is:
NICAP Bulletin, January 1959, p. 2.           

UFOCAT PRN – 31533          
UFOCAT URN – NONE    NICAP Bulletin, January 1959, p. 2       
UFOCAT URN – 031531 Challenge of Unidentified Flying Objects by Charles Maney, p. 9,
© 1961      
UFOCAT URN – 152930 The UFO Evidence, Richard Hall, p. 071, © 1964        
UFOCAT URN – 211679 UFO Exist! by Paris Flammonde, p. 366, © 1976        
UFOCAT URN – 152930 A Geo-Bibliography of Anomalies by George Eberhart, #0980, © 1980          
UFOCAT URN – 031533 NICAP investigation files         
UFOCAT URN – 031532 Condon Committee investigation files

North America – United States, Massachusetts          
Nantucket Island    Latitude 41-17-00 N, Longitude 070-04-58 W (D-M-S) [island]    
Nantucket Harbor   Latitude 41-18-15 N, Longitude 070-02-43 W [harbor]   
Martha's Vineyard   Latitude 41-25-00 N, Longitude 070-36-58 W [island]     
Woods Hole            Latitude 41-31-35 N, Longitude 070-40-23 W [populated place] 
New Bedford           Latitude 41-38-10 N, Longitude 070-56-03 W [populated place] 
Reference: http://geonames.usgs.gov/pls/gnispublic/f?p=154:1:1765846258792399         

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