‘CIGAR’ PASSES A FEW HUNDRED
FEET ABOVE NORWEGIAN SHIP
One of the most interesting sightings of 1965 occured (sic) at the island of Santa Maria in the Azores
on July 9th when a cigar-shaped object flew over at 20,000 ft. and stopped all
the electric clocks at the airport for a period of 45 minutes. (See Flying Saucer Review, September/
October 1965, page 24. Also Daily
Express of July 12 and Fate magazine
of February 1966.)
Gordon Creighton has translated from
the Norwegian newspaper Moss Dagbled
of December 27, 1965, the following remarkable account of another sighting
which took place not many miles S.W. of the Azores three days before and may
relate to the self-same UFO.
Chief Mate Torgrim Lien of the T.T. Jawesta, owned by the Jahr
Shipping Company, had a curious experience while his ship was en route last
summer from Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela, to the Canary Islands. Lien saw a
so-called “flying saucer” only 200.4. metres above the ship. The incident
took place in the North Atlantic on July 6, and a report on it was sent to
various authorities, including the Geophysical Institute in Bergen. This
report has never been published in any newspaper until now... The report is
considered to be a very good one.
THE REPORT (from Ship's Log)
T.T. Jawesta. North
Atlantic. July 8, 1965. Report regarding unidentified flying object. On
Tuesday, July 6, 1965,
while en route from Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela, to Santa Cruz de Tenerife in
the Canary Islands, at 2152 hours GMT, the ship's position being 24° 40’ N
31°15’ W, with wind from N.E., strength 5. Low cloud ceiling travelling with
the wind. Barometer 1023. Temperature 23° Celsius.
"At 2152 GMT (1852 ship's time),
the look-out on the port side, of the bridge reported a bright object in the
sky moving in a northerly direction. When I got around to the port side, I
saw an intense blue, fiery tongue which was approaching the ship at
tremendous speed. I ran to the telephone and rang the captain, and without
waiting for an answer, I seized binoculars and ran out on to the starboard
side and saw the object through the binoculars as it passed over the ship. It
passed straight abaft of the ship and at a height of from 200 to 400 metres,
under the low clouds.
"It was bright like a star, and
the moonlight was shining through between the low clouds, and I could clearly
see the outlines of the upper part of it. Its shape was that of a cigar, and
I could clearly see a row of square windows and the faint golden-orange
coloured light from inside it. There was no sign of wings or rudder. The
object had a bluish tongue of fire behind it, which was most concentrated
near the tail, fanning out a little further back.
“A little farther back still, behind
the body, I could see a tremendous number of globes, and from every globe
there was streaming out a blue beam, away from the body.
"The length of the fiery tongue
would, I should think, have been about 100 metres. The object seemed to be
far bigger than any aircraft known up to this present day.
"Its speed was tremendous and it
was visible for about 30 to 40 seconds. It was moving at the time in N-S
direction, its approximate course being 180°.
"Despite its enormous speed and
the closeness of its passage, we could not hear the least sound from it.
"The lookout on the port side, seaman
Hernandez Ambrosio, maintained
that it seemed as though the object had come up out of the sea and
that it was travelling northwards and then suddenly changed course towards
“The helmsman, ordinary seaman Narciso
Gulllén, saw the object just after it had passed over the ship. And on the
poop, fitter Juan Hernandez and mess-hand Ignacio Suarez also saw it. Their
accounts tally with mine.
"I can say with complete certainty
that it was no question of an aircraft of conventional type, or rocket, or
meteor, or ball lightning.
"I shall be glad to hear the
opinion of an expert on this phenomenon.
Mate, on duty at the time.
"The report is confirmed by a
number of the ship’s crew who themselves also saw the peculiar flying object.
The report was accompanied by a sketch, which, however, we unfortunately did
not find clear enough for reproduction in our newspaper. The original report and
sketch were sent to the Geophysical Institute at Bergen by the ship’s
Captain, H. A. Trovik.
“What the Institute's reply about it was, we
do not know at present."
to Dr. P. M. H. Edwards and to Nils J. Jacobsen who each supplied a copy of
the original news item.
This reference: Flying
Saucer Review, Vol. 12, No. 5, September/October 1966, p. 32
Ilustrada, July 31, 1965, and Norwegian newspaper Moss Dagbled of December 27, 1965
UFOCAT PRN – 38876
UFOCAT URN – NONE
Gaceta Ilustrada, July 31, 1965, and Norwegian newspaper
Moss Dagbled of December 27, 1965
UFOCAT URN – 38876 Flying Saucer Review, Vol. 12, No. 5,
September/October 1966, p. 32
UFOCAT URN – 75325 UFO
Nachtrichten, April 1967
UFOCAT URN – 38874 A Century of Landings, (N=923) by J.
Vallee, # 651, © 1969
UFOCAT URN – 73271 Invisible Residents by Ivan T.
Sanderson, p. 23, © 1970
UFOCAT URN – 76365 UFO
Nachtrichten, February 1973
UFOCAT URN – 76380 UFO
Nachtrichten, March 1973
UFOCAT URN – NONE
Unexplained Mysteries of the 20th Century by Janet & Colin Bord,
p. 165, © 1989
UFOCAT URN – 38875 Computerized Catalog (N=3173), #2558
by L. Schoenherr, no © date
Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela Latitude 10.13 N, Longitude 64.38 W (D-M)
Reference: Venezuela Gazetteer, prepared in the Office
of Geography, Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C., August 1961
Cruz de Tenerife Latitude
28.27 N, Longitude 16.14 W (D-M)
Reference: Spain and Andorra Gazetteer, prepared in the
Office of Geography, Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C., April 1961
UFO Location (UFOCAT) Latitude 24.67 N, Longitude 31.25 W
UFO Location (Text) Latitude 24-40 N, Longitude 31-15