Go Back Report # 229
02-27-1961

02-27-1961  
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       The London Daily Express, February 28 reported that three ships and a plane searched the day before for a mysterious object which, said Skipper Harold Harrison of the Fleetwood trawler Boston Gannet, "corkscrewed" over his vessel emitting smoke off Loch Snizort, Skye, and crashed in the sea. He thought it might have been a plane, but nothing was found and the search was called off.                                                                                                                                     

This reference: Flying Saucer Review, Vol. 7, No 3, p. 22, May/June 1961       
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       While I do not doubt that other sky sightings have [been] featured in the Review's World Round-Up columns, I would like to recall some happenings at sea which have been quite sensational compared to those up aloft! My sources have mostly been reports appearing in the Scottish newspapers, Daily Record, Sunday Mail, and Sunday Post.

       On February 27, 1961, the steamer Boston Gannet was plying between Lewis and Harris in the Outer Hebrides when its officers and crew witnessed a strange object twisting and turning and falling into the sea. Several ships raced to the spot at the mouth of Loch Seaforth, but found nothing: no aeroplanes were missing from airfields, and certainly no aircraft were reported missing from flights over Scotland. The mystery remained unsolved.                                              

This reference: Flying Saucer Review, Vol. 11, No. 3, p. 36, May/June 1965, “UFOs and the

Scottish Seas” by W.S. Robertson.

Original: The London Daily Express, February 28, 1961   
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UFOCAT PRN – 74067 [DOS: 02-27-1961]

UFOCAT URN – NONE    The London Daily Express, February 28, 1961

UFOCAT URN – NONE    Flying Saucer Review, Vol. 11, No. 3, p. 36, May/June 1965, “UFOs

                                        and the Scottish Seas” by W.S. Robertson

UFOCAT URN – 073304 Invisible Residents by Ivan T. Sanderson, p. 40, © 1970

UFOCAT URN – 074067 Flying Saucer Review, Vol. 17, No. 3 Sept./October, 1971, p. 29 “UFOs

                                        Ahoy!” by Janet Gregory

UFOCAT URN – 177545 *U* UFO Computer Database by Larry Hatch, # XXXXXX, © 2002    
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UFOCAT PRN – 34103 [DOS: 02-27-1961]

UFOCAT URN – 034103 Computerized Catalog (N=3173), #1424 by L. Schoenherr, no © date

Note: Position error in this reference. The location was probably taken from what was the ship’s name, Boston Gannet, as the coordinates 42.36N, 71.06W (D.%) are very close to those given for the city of Boston, Mass. of 42-22 N, 71-04 W ( D-M ) CF-   
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Europe – United Kingdom

Loch Snizort     Latitude 57-34 N, Longitude 6-24 W (D-M)

Loch Seaforth  Latitude 57-54 N, Longitude 6-40 W

Isle of Skye      Latitude 57-18 N, Longitude 6-15 W

Lewis               Latitude 58-20 N, Longitude 6-35 W

Harris               Latitude 57-55 N, Longitude 6-50 W

Reference: United Kingdom Gazetteer, prepared in the Division of Geography, Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C., April 1950      

Note:  The Isle of Skye is located in the Inner Hebrides. In FSR, Vol. 17, the location is given as between Lewis & Harris in the Outer Hebrides. Given these locations, the ship was in the stretch of water called “Little Minch” between the two island groups, roughly Latitude 57-52 N, Longitude 6-25 W.-CF-           

UFO Location (UFOCAT) Latitude 57.87 N, Longitude 6.75 W. (D.%)

UFO Location (UFOCAT) Latitude 42.36 N, Longitude 71.06 W. (D.%) [URN 34103]   

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