THE REDSTART PHENOMENON
Marine Observer II- 20- 129, August 1925.
The following report from S. S. Redstart, Capt. F. D. Moon, has been received from the General Steam Navigation Co., Ltd.
On August 21, 1924, on the voyage from London to Amsterdam at 8:30 A.M., we were about 11 miles north of the Maas Light Vessel. During the preceding night we had experienced wind, lightning and heavy thunder. From 8 AM to 8:30 AM we had a very heavy rain squall. Just as the squall was over, we heard a tremendous crash and a flash of light immediately in front of our bow. This did not seem to be thunder and lightning. Our forecastle deck on the starboard side was covered with sparks, also the starboard number one crane and the lower part of the mainmast. The sparks resembled when an iron plate is being burned, not acetylene.
The watch below in the forecastle tell me that when they heard the report it sounded like the heavy clanging of a bell. Had the ship been a few feet farther ahead we should have received the full force of whatever the disturbance was. The sparks appeared to run up our stem onto the deck alongside the starboard number one crane and then to the lower mainmast. No damage was done to the ship.
Not in The Books1, but is mentioned for possible correlative interest with the preceding “electrical” phenomenon. – ed.
Note: “The preceding ‘electrical’ phenomenon” involved the Dutch bark J.P.A. See case dated 03-19-1887 on this website.
Reference for the above text is: The INFO Journal, Vol. 1, No. 4, p. 30, Spring 1969 by the International Fortean Organization (INFO), © 1969.
With thanks to Jan Aldrich for forwarding it to me (CF).
Original Reference: Marine Observer II- 20- 129, August 1925.
NOTE 1: The reference to “The Books” in the INFO Journal is a reference to Charles Fort’s 4 books, The Book of the Damned, New Lands, Lo!, and Wild Talents, republished as one book called The Complete Books of Charles Fort.
UFOCAT PRN – NONE
Europe – United Kingdom / Netherlands. Body of water is the North Sea.
London Latitude 51-30-51 N, Longitude 000-05-35 W (D-M-S) [capital of a political entity]
Amsterdam Latitude 52-21-00 N, Longitude 004-55-00 E [capital of a political entity]
Maas Light Vessel Latitude 52° 01′ N, Longitude 3° 54′ E
Reference: North Sea Pilot (Eastern Shores): From Dunkerque to the Skaw by the United States Hydrographic Office, p. 155, © 1922, Third Edition
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