Go Back Report # 1618

11-04-1959

UFO SIGHTED AT SEA

   The Masters of two ships about 1700 miles apart at sea sighted a bright UFO like a planet or star with a halo around it last November 4th. The observations were published by the U.S. Navy Hydrographic Office, which regularly prints reports of “celestial phenomena” sighted at sea. A former member of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory Moonwatch team, who said the UFO was not a satellite, computed the height to be about 640 miles assuming the object was nearly over the westernmost ship. Both ships saw the UFO beginning at 2155 G.M.T. (4:55 p.m. E.S.T.)

   The sighting occurred in the Atlantic Ocean east of Puerto Rico from the two ships calculated to be 1681 miles apart. The Panamanian S.S.Texas (lat. 19° 57’ N., long. 52° 21’ W.) described the UFO as "a bright body of a first magnitude star with a halo.” It crossed the sky on an easterly course at high speed, ' disappearing above the horizon after 5 minutes. The British M.V. Salaga (lat. 15° 00’ N., long. 27° 22° W.) described the UFO as “like a planet with a halo around it.” It moved from an altitude of 7°, bearing 275° (north of west) to an altitude of about 40°, bearing 206° (south-southwest), remaining visible for 10-15 minutes.          

Reference for the above text is: NICAP’s The U.F.O. Investigator, Vol. 1, No. 9, March 1960, p. 5.   

UFOCAT PRN – 108783        
UFOCAT URN – 108783 NICAP’s The U.F.O. Investigator, Vol. 1, No. 9, March 1960, p. 5         
UFOCAT URN – 108784 NICAP’s The U.F.O. Investigator, Vol. 1, No. 9, March 1960, p. 5         

Atlantic
Ocean east of Puerto Rico      
“SS TEXAS”    Latitude 19.95 N, Longitude 52.35 W (D-M)      
“SALAGA”      
Latitude 15.00 N, Longitude 27.37 W   





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