A SHOWER OF METEORS AROUND THE ST. ANDREW
One, Weighing Tons, Hit the Sea a Mile Away.
A GREAT SHOW, EVEN BY DAY
Officer Thinks Such Messengers
the Blue Have Sent Many
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
“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
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.
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
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
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,
UFO location (UFOCAT) Latitude 46.67 N, Longitude 53.13