Go Back Report # 313



       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 us.

        “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.

(Signed ) Torgrim Lien

Chief 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."

Credits 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

Original: Gaceta 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

Atlantic Ocean

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        

Santa 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 (D.%)

UFO Location (Text)                 Latitude 24-40 N, Longitude 31-15 W (D-M)   


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