Go Back Report # 303


Note: Although not the original source (see references at end of text), this is by the witness, himself.-CF-

It was on 12 March 1965, eight years later, that I had my next stroke of luck. This sighting was the best and most interesting of them all, and thenceforward my investigations were pressed on with all speed until they culminated in my present findings.
I had always expected to see UFOs in the sky, and that was where my attention was normally focussed. When I was flying, I was alert and ready to analyse any object sighted from the aircraft. I never expected to find a saucer landing at my feet, and so far one never has. This sighting, however, was different from all the others because I discovered it under 30 ft. of water.

I was scheduled to carry out a positioning flight from Whenuapal, Auckland's main airport at the time, to Kaitaia. Departure was at 11 a.m. and as no passengers were involved and the weather perfect, I decided to fly visually to Kaitaia along the west coast. An officer from the operations department was on board, and this was a good opportunity to show him some of the rugged country to the north. (I must stress that air-traffic regulations were strictly observed during the flight.)

On leaving Whenuapal, I climbed to clear the area, and when approaching the southern end of Kaipara Harbour, just north of Helensville, I dropped to a lower altitude to have a better look at anything in the flight path. The tide in the harbour was well out, and the water over the mudflats and estuaries was quite shallow.

I suppose we were about a third of the way across the harbour when I spotted what I took to be a stranded grey-white whale. I veered slightly to port to fly more directly over the object and to obtain a better look.

I suppose a pilot develops the habit of keeping his emotions to himself. As far as I can remember, I gave no indication of surprise and I said nothing as I looked down. My "whale" was definitely a metal fish. I could see it very clearly, and I quote from the notes I made later:

(a) The object was perfectly streamlined and symmetrical in shape.
(b) It had no external control surfaces or protrusions.
(c) It appeared metallic, and there was a suggestion of a hatch on top, streamlined in
shape. It was not quite halfway along the body as measured from the nose.
(d) It was resting on the bottom of the estuary and headed towards the south, as
suggested by the streamlined shape.
(e) The shape was not that of a normal submarine, and there was no superstructure.
(f) I estimated the length as 100 ft., with a diameter of 15 ft. at the widest part.
(g) The object rested in no more than 30 ft. of clear water. The bottom of the harbour was
visible, and the craft was sharply defined.
For confirmation of this story, of course, I should now give you the names and addresses of those who saw it with me. Better still, perhaps, if I quoted their reports. So far as I am aware, I was the only one who saw this object, and until now no account of it has ever been published. I explain all this so that there can be the usual snorts of derision and disbelief. Over the years, I had been ridiculed on many occasions for my beliefs, and the jokes had become a little tedious and strained. I knew the other two crew members would not have seen it because their view was restricted by the width of the flight deck. I kept the sighting to myself as the positioning manoeuvre had passed unnoticed, and the remainder of the flight was carried out in the normal manner.

Inquiries made from the Navy confirmed that it would not have been possible for a normal submarine to be in this particular position, due to the configuration of the harbour and coastline. I added as much information as I could to my growing file of notes and tucked them away for future reference.

During the 10 years since that original sighting, I had not consciously set out to blaze a trail of new understanding in the jungle of disbelief that existed. I know that a lot of people thought as a professional airline pilot, I should have more sense. It was probably that attitude, more than any other, that taught me to be cautious in what I said. I don't think that a belief in the existence of UFOs made me any less of a pilot, and it may very well have been their attitude of laughing contempt that gave me the incentive to prove them wrong. I knew very well what I had seen and, unless I was losing my faculties fast, I knew they were not hallucinations. That means they could only be solid objects engaged in some specific and important activity. My training as a pilot and extensive experience in handling many kinds of aircraft indicated these objects were not man-made. That left only one alternative, and it was up to me to do something about it.

Fortunately, I am still able to laugh. Now that I have solved quite a bit of the puzzle, there are still many who do not believe. They just consider I am an even bigger crank than I was before. In this world, you sometimes just can't win!

This reference: Harmonic 33 by Captain Bruce Cathie, pp. 17-19, 1968

UFOCAT PRN 87233 [DOS: 01-12-1965 to protect the privacy of Capt. K (Capt. Cathie)]

UFOCAT URN NONE Spaceview, No. 47, February/March 1966

UFOCAT URN NONE Taranaki Herald ( New Plymouth, New Zealand), 25 May 1966

UFOCAT URN 087233 Flying Saucer Review, Vol. 12, No. 4, p. 29, July/August 1966

UFOCAT URN 076756 Invisible Residents by Ivan T. Sanderson, p. 53, 1970

UFOCAT URN 081374 Invisible Residents by Ivan T. Sanderson, p. 54, 1970

UFOCAT URN 038295 Computerized Catalog (N=3173), #1674 by L. Schoenherr, no date

UFOCAT PRN 152663 [DOS: 03-12-1965]

UFOCAT URN 152663 Harmonic 33 by Captain Bruce Cathie, pp. 17-19, 1968

New Zealand

Auckland Latitude 36-52 S, Longitude 174-46 E (D-M)

Kaitaia Latitude 35-07 S, Longitude 173-16 E

Helensville Latitude 36-40 S, Longitude 174-28 E

Kaipara Harbour Latitude 36-24 S, Longitude 174-13 E

Reference: http://www.astro.com/cgi/aq.cgi?lang=e

UFO Location (UFOCAT) Latitude 36.43 S, Longitude 174.58 E (D.%) [PRN 87233]

UFO Location (UFOCAT) Latitude 36.67 S, Longitude 174.47 E [PRN 152663]


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