Go Back Report # 273


Mystery at sea

       We are indebted to Mr. Harry Lord for having sent us the following cutting from the Northern Echo, dated November 22, 1963:   

       "The Aberdeen collier Thrift arrived in Blyth at noon yesterday eight hours overdue after an unsuccessful search off Girdle Ness for a mystery object, which disappeared into the sea three miles astern of the ship. The Thrift was heading south for Blyth when shortly before 6 p.m. on Wednesday1 evening, four members of her crew including the skipper, Capt. J. Murray, saw a 'flashing red light' which passed within a mile of her port side, 15 to 30 ft. above sea level, and suddenly disappeared three miles astern.

       "Capt. Murray alerted Stonehaven radio, put his vessel about and made for the spot where the light had vanished. The collier had two radar contacts on her screens, but when she reached within a quarter of a mile of them, they disappeared. The Thrift searched for three hours, circling the area several times and was joined by lifeboats from Aberdeen and Gourdon, a Shackleton from RAF Kinloss, which dropped flares on to the surface, and a B.P. transporter. They discovered no traces of wreckage, however.

       "The Thrift gave up the search at 8.50 p.m. and went to Blyth, being further delayed because of bad weather.

       ‘We could not make out what the light was.' said Capt. Murray. It passed about three quarters of a mile off our port side, flashing brilliantly until it disappeared. It made no noise at all, yet we could hear the Shackleton when it was miles away. Judging by the way the radar contacts disappeared from our screen, it seems that whatever was there must have sunk before we could get to it. We found no trace of wreckage during our search, but something definitely fell into the water.' "


Reference for the above text is: Flying Saucer Review, Vol. 10, No. 2, p. 22, March/April 1964.

Original reference: Northern Echo, dated November 22, 1963     

Note 1: Wednesday was the 20th.-CF-           

UFOCAT PRN – 87088 [DOS: 11-20-1963]

UFOCAT URN – NONE   Northern Echo, dated November 22, 1963

UFOCAT URN – 087088 Flying Saucer Review, March/April 1964, p. 22

UFOCAT URN – 074072 Flying Saucer Review, September/October 1971, p. 29-30

UFOCAT URN – 155674 UFO Scotland: The Secret History of Scotlans’s UFO Phenomenon by Ron Halliday, p. 99, © 1998

UFOCAT URN – 177573 *U* UFO Computer Database by Larry Hatch, # 06441, © 2002

UFOCAT PRN – 87088 [DOS: 11-22-1963]

UFOCAT URN – 073309 Invisible Residents by Ivan T. Sanderson, pp. 41-42, © 1970           

Europe – United Kingdom

Girdle Ness      Latitude 57-08 N, Longitude 2-03 W (D-M) [Cape]

Blyth                Latitude 55-07 N, Longitude 1-30 W

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



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