SHIP'S MASTER SEES OVAL-SHAPED UFO
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). Entrance 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]
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