UNIDENTIFIED UNDERWATER SAUCERS
On October 24, 1965, the auxiliary sloop Vision 4 was cruising off Milford, Conn., skippered by Alfred Stanford, a retired U.S. Navy captain. Aboard as Stanford's guest was the noted Labrador explorer Dr. Paul Sheldon, holder of the Cruising Club's Blue Water Medal.
The sloop was about four miles off Charles Island, steering for the harbor entrance from out in Long Island Sound when the compass suddenly began a strange, clockwise circling. The engine was running at a slow rate of speed, about 1,000 R.P.M., and there was no excessive amount of vibration; yet the compass continued its clockwise circling for about 10 minutes, or three-quarters of a mile, before it steadied.
Captain Stanford later noted that he had the compass on the Vision 4 adjusted for zero error by Capt. Walter Hubbard, an experienced navigator, and he commented that the compass had been free of error during a full intensive season of cruising.
Such erratic behavior on the part of the sloop's compass suggests a very powerful electromagnetic field beneath the surface of the coastal waters over which Vision 4 was cruising. Captain Stanford told newsmen that the peculiar rotation of his compass could not have come from the sloop's engine, because he had a disconnect switch on the generator field coil which he had pulled without effect. In his opinion, there had to be some kind of ". . . sea monster out there or a submerged nuclear submarine."
These two skilled seamen are by no means the first to have witnessed activity on the part of unexplained subsurface electromagnetic phenomena or unidentified underwater craft. Indeed, the reports of strange undersea objects have been increasing at a rapid rate within the last three years. Although ufologists have long noted the peculiar affinity which UFOs seem to have for large bodies of water, the attraction has now seemed to have developed to the point where flying saucers have been reported gliding onto the surface of rivers, lakes, and coastal waters; and numerous witnesses claim to have seen mysterious craft diving and navigating underwater.
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UFOCAT PRN – 76279
UFOCAT URN – NONE Fate magazine, March 1966
UFOCAT URN – NONE SAGA magazine, June 1968
UFOCAT URN – 76279 UFO Nachtrichten, August 1972
North America – United States, Connecticut, New Haven
Milford Latitude 41-13-20 N, Longitude 073-03-23 W (D-M-S) [populated place]
Charles Island Latitude 41-11-27 N, Longitude 073-03-17 W [island]
North America – United States, New York, Suffolk
Long Island Sound Latitude 41-05-48 N, Longitude 072-52-52 W (D-M-S) [bay]
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