Riley, a summer resident at Two Harbors, Minnesota, reported that at about 5
p.m. on Saturday, October
14, 1961, she saw
an object about the size of an ore-carrier (a large ship) skid into the water
of Lake Superior about a mile from shore where it bobbed on the surface.
She summoned a neighbor, Jack Ray. Ray, using binoculars, could see an object
but couldn't make out what it was.
County Sheriff was called but it was beginning to get dark and he could
barely make out an object between swells. Thinking that it might be something dropped by an aircraft participating in AF
exercises Saturday, Sheriff Falk called the Air Force and Coast Guard.
after he left the area, according to Mrs. Riley, the object rose into the air and traveled
in a southeasterly direction "at about the speed of a car traveling on
the highway." Coast Guard and air search Sunday morning found only a
four-foot floating log.
E. R. Grummett, who forwarded this report, says that floating
logs are fairly common in this area where they occasionally break away from
log booms being floated to the paper mills at Ashland, Wisconsin. He informs
us further that there are no ore boats under 600 feet in length operating on the
lakes anymore and offers the opinion that no floating log could be mistaken
for an object the size of an ore boat a mile offshore.
from the Duluth (Minnesota) News Tribune for 19 October quotes a
letter from Mrs. John P. Vanicky of Hurley,
Wisconsin, in which she tells of sighting the same or a similar object,
except that her sighting took place on the 15th, or Sunday. She said she was
driving home from Marquette with her sister, Mrs. Norine
Gribble, when they first sighted the object in the air. They thought it was a
jet plane at first and kept watching it. It was traveling too slow for a jet,
however, and looked like a huge cigar with no lights. It was a "sort of
brownish color," they said. Fire seemed to be streaming from the rear
end of it which faded into a white streak. The time was between 5 and 5:30
p.m. at dusk, and it was traveling in a southeasterly direction. They stopped
the car and watched it for about 20 minutes until it finally disappeared from
sight. The white streak it left was visible for a much longer time. Mrs. Vanicky said that the explanation of a four-foot-long log
did not satisfy her.
instance we may have two similar sightings on two different days or the same
or two objects on one day--take your choice. However, inasmuch as the object
seen by Mrs. Riley was observed as it landed in the lake, we have this
comment: We can accept the log explanation if someone can explain what the
deuce the log was doing in the air in the first place. Mrs. Riley indicates
that the object "or log" was not in free fall, but rather was
"landing" or controlled. It later took off---smarter than the
average log, we'll wager.
This reference: The A.P.R.O. Bulletin, November 1961, p. 3
UFOCAT PRN 76779 [Time:
UFOCAT URN – 152157 The A.P.R.O. Bulletin, November
1961, p. 3
UFOCAT URN – 076779 Invisible Residents by Ivan T.
Sanderson, p. 226, © 1970
UFOCAT PRN 67588 [Time: 1215]
UFOCAT URN – 067588 The M-Files: True Reports of
Minnesota’s Unexplained Phenomena by
Jay Rath, p. 50,
UFOCAT URN – 179525 *U* UFO Computer Database by Larry
Hatch, # 06120, © 2002
North America – United States, Minnesota
Two Harbors Latitude
47-01-22 N, Longitude 91-40-14 W (D-M-S)
Superior Latitude 47-30-00
N, Longitude 99-00-00 W
Note: The second sighting
is inland and not water related, therefore the latitude & longitude were
Reference: The National Gazetteer of the United States
of America, prepared by the U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the
U.S. Board on Geographic Names, Washington, D.C., 1990.
UFO location (UFOCAT)
Latitude 47.02 N, Longitude 91.40 W (D.%)
Latitude 47.00 N,
Longitude 91.65 W [URN 179525]