Go Back Report # 170
04-04-1959

04-04-1959  

MARINE PHENOMENON        

Indian Ocean  

Capt. Luigi Colombo, Master of the Panamanian S.S. Stanvac Singapore, reported:   

       "At 1810 G.M.T., April 4, 1959, in lat. 2° 00'N, 59° 22'E, course 182, speed 13.5 knots, on passage from Abadan to Máritius (sic) Island, the third mate called me to the bridge and I observed a diffuse light on the horizon bearing 252°. Observing the light through binoculars, it appeared as the loom of a city beyond the horizon. It was not due to lightning as the phenomenon lasted for some time and was clearly seen. A similar luminous spot appeared abaft the beam and a third one of lesser intensity was observed abeam. Radar showed four circular targets at 20 miles and 3 larger ones at 40 miles. The observation lasted from 1810 to 1930 G.M.T., and only one lightning bolt was observed above the 3 luminous sources.

"Weather clear and good visibility, wind calm, moderate long swell. Barometer 30.00 inches, air temperature 82°F., sea temperature 80°F.”                                                                          

This reference: Strange Encounters: Bizarre & Erie Contact with UFO Occupants by Timothy Green Beckley, published 1992, New Brunswick, NJ, Inner Light Publications, © 1992. This article from photocopies received in the mail.

Original reference: U.S. Navy Hydrographic Office weekly publication Notice to Mariners, under section VI “Marine Information.”       

UFOCAT PRN – NONE           

Indian Ocean

Abadan, Iran    Latitude 30.21-09 N, Longitude 48.17-45 E (D-M-S) [Also – Ābādān]

Reference: http://www.fallingrain.com/world/            

Máritius = Mauritius. Although I cannot find anything online or in gazetteers to substantiate it, a Google search will bring up Máritius, but in the articles (travel journals) the name is respelled as Mauritius It is near Réunion Island and part of the Mascarene Islands in the Indian Ocean. –CF-

Mauritius          Latitude 20-18-00 S, Longitude 57-35-00 E (D-M-S)

Reference:  http://earth-info.nga.mil/gns/html/index.html      

Sighting location per text - Latitude 2-00 N, Longitude 59-22 E. This is east of Somalia and Kenya, Africa and roughly 730 statute miles (1175 km) north of the northern tip of Madagascar.-CF-      


 



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