Go Back Report # 193


SOUTH AUSTRALIA 2230-2330 hours        

One of the earliest mentions of UFO activity down under dates back to 1873 and comes from the South Australian Register. It concerns a bright light that followed a sailing ship for almost an hour. Captain Lebman, of the ship Adelheid, described the light as “milky-white”. He said it came over the ship in waves, with one wave every two seconds between 10:30 and 11:30 at night.

“A shuddering feeling was experienced at the sight,” Captain Lebman said, “and the intense light made the eyes ache. During the whole time the sea was illuminated, though not vividly. For a quarter of an hour after it was over, flashes of light were perceptible in the water.” Source: Robin Northover, Post                                                                                                                     

This reference: http://homepage.powerup.com.au/~auforn/1800s.htm

With thanks to Albert Rosales of: http://home.nycap.rr.com/iraap/rosales/index.htm for finding it for me –CF-  

UFOCAT PRN – NONE           

ON REEL            DAY      MONTH  YEAR     SHIP'S NAME     DEPARTED         ARRIVED

32                     9          OCT      1873     ADELHEID         LAUNCESTON     SYDNEY

Reference: http://mariners.records.nsw.gov.au/1873/10/7310.htm  

Unknown location near Australia        
Launceston        Latitude 41-27-00 S, Longitude 147-10-00 E (D-M-S)

Sydney             Latitude 33-52-60 S, Longitude 151-13-00 E

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


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