Go Back Report # 28
10-30-1906

10-30-1906  

A SHOWER OF METEORS AROUND THE ST. ANDREW        

One, Weighing Tons, Hit the Sea a Mile Away.        

A GREAT SHOW, EVEN BY DAY        

Chief Officer Thinks Such Messengers

from the Blue Have Sent Many

a Ship Down.

       When the Phoenix Line steamship St. Andrew arrived from Antwerp yesterday, Capt. Fitzgerald reported that the steamer had passed through a meteoric shower at 4:30 o'clock on Tuesday about 600 miles northeast of Cape Race. The largest meteor observed fell into the sea less than a mile away. Had it struck the St. Andrew, all hands would have perished.

       Yesterday afternoon Chief Officer V. E. Spencer, who was on the bridge when the meteors appeared, told what he saw there.

       “On Tuesday afternoon," said Mr. Spencer, "the weather was clear and bright, although there was little sunshine. Just after one bell, 4:30 o’clock, I saw three meteors fall into the water dead ahead of the ship one after another at a distance of about five miles. Although it was daylight, they left a red streak in the air from zenith to the horizon.

       "Simultaneously the third engineer shouted to me. I then saw a huge meteor on the port beam falling in a zigzag manner less than a mile away to the southward.

       We could distinctly hear the hissing of the water as it touched. It fell with a rocking motion, leaving a broad red streak in its wake. The meteor must have weighed several tons and appeared to be from 10 to 15 feet in diameter. It was saucer shaped, which probably accounted for the peculiar rocking motion.

       When the mass of metal struck the water, the spray and steam rose to a height of at least forty feet, and for a few moments looked like the mouth of a crater. If it had been night, the meteor would have illuminated the sea for fifty or sixty miles. The hissing sound, like escaping steam when it struck the water, was so loud that the chief engineer turned out of his berth and came on deck, thinking the sound came from the engine room. I have seen meteors all over the world, but never such a large one as this."

       Asked what would have happened if the meteor tumbled on the St. Andrew, Mr. Spencer said:

       "The ship would have been burned out immediately and every soul on board destroyed. I have no doubt that many of the vessels which have been lost at sea in apparently fine weather have been destroyed by falling meteors."

       Capt. Russ of the Hamburg-American steamer Brazilia, which arrived yesterday about the same time as the St. Andrew, reported having seen a large meteor at 7 P.M. on Tuesday, Oct. 30, in latitude 47 degrees north and longitude 48 degrees west. This is believed to have been part of the intermittent meteoric shower observed by the St. Andrew earlier in the evening.            

This is the original reference: The New York Times, November 5, 1906, p. 1   

UFOCAT PRN – 96825

UFOCAT URN – 96825 The New York Times, November 5, 1906, p. 1

UFOCAT URN – NONE  Fate Magazine, March 1965, pp. 80-82, “Bombed by Meteors” by

                                        Livingston Gearhart.

UFOCAT URN – 73273 Invisible Residents by Ivan T. Sanderson, p. 27, © 1970

UFOCAT URN – NONE  Unexplained Mysteries of the 20th Century by J. & C. Bord, p. 173, © 1989

UFOCAT URN – 68661 World-Wide Catalog of Type 1 Reports by Peter Rogerson, #0063, no

                                        © date        

North America – Canada, Newfoundland

Cape Race – Latitude 46-40 N, Longitude 53-05 W (D-M)

This reference : Canada Gazetteer, Official Standard Names Gazetteer, Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C., November 1971, p. 58     

UFO location (UFOCAT) Latitude 46.67 N, Longitude 53.13 W (D.%)  


 



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