From time to time through the years
before saucers became newsworthy in 1947, various naval vessels reported the
presence of huge "wheels of light" in the sea. Some of these have
been documented by Fate magazine.
Since 1947, several mystery submarines have been spotted which have not been
successfully tracked or identified.
On October 25, 1962, the Los
Angeles Times writer, Marvin Miles (Aerospace Editor) wrote a feature on
"Soviet Subs." According to the article, on July 28 the skipper of a chartered fishing
boat spotted lights in the darkness just before dawn about six miles
southeast of Avalon (on Catalina). He noted the lights were low in the water
and apparently stationary as he swung his 46-foot craft through a
change of course toward the tip of San Clemente. The lights were almost dead
ahead by then, and he trained his binoculars for a good look.
The fisherman was startled to see a
squat, lighted structure in which several men were working, although the
enclosure seemed empty of any objects. The skipper and another member of the
crew viewed the strange sight. They described it thusly:
"It appeared to be the
stern of a submarine. We could see five men, two in all-white garb, two in
dark trousers and white shirts, and one in a sky-blue jump suit. We passed
abeam at about a quarter-mile, and I was certain it was a submarine low in
the water, steel gray, no markings, decks almost awash, with only its tail and
odd aft structure showing."
The strange aspects of this encounter
which qualified it for printing in this Bulletin were these: "Then it
started toward us and I turned hard to keep clear," the skipper
reported. "It swept
past us at surprising speed and headed toward the open sea, still on the
surface. There was no noise that I could discern, no trailing white wake,
just a good-sized swell."
The skipper thought for a while it was
just an American sub on the surface for a small repair, but the odd
superstructure puzzled him, so he reported to Naval Intelligence. The Navy
reacted fast, taking detailed statements, having the skipper study alien
submarine silhouettes and carefully checked his log for course changes, times
and distances involved.
The Los Angeles Times, after hearing about the incident, checked with
the Navy, [and] got a cryptic answer:
"There's nothing to it." Washington, D. C. public information
reacted the same.
Mr. Miles' feature went on to say that
no identification was made and described various types of known submarines.
One bit of data was completely missing: What kind of U.S. or other submarine
could travel at high surface speed, leaving no wake, with a huge, mysterious
swell. We have an idea.
reference: The APRO Bulletin, May
1963, p. 2
reference: Los Angeles Times, October 25, 1962.
PRN – 65237
URN – 065237 Newspaper clipping, Los
Angeles Times, October 25, 1962
URN – 089705 The APRO Bulletin, May 1963,
UFOCAT URN – 056818 UFOs over the
Americas by Jim and Coral Lorenzen, p. 52, © 1968
UFOCAT URN – 140458 A
Geo-Bibliography of Anomalies by George Eberhart, #0090, © 1980
UFOCAT URN – NONE Unexplained Mysteries of the 20th Century
by J. & C. Bord, p. 169, © 1989
UFOCAT URN – 115645 HUMCAT:
Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, A0532 by D. Webb, no © date
UFOCAT URN –
165205 *U* UFO Computer Database by Larry Hatch, # XXXXXX, © 2002
North America – United States, California
Avalon Latitude 33-21 N,
Longitude 118-20 W (D-M) [Santa Catalina Island]
San Clemente Latitude 33-26 N, Longitude 117-37
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
33.35 N, Longitude 118.33 W (D.%)