Go Back Report # 32


(Possible date error. See “Note” below regarding 06-19-1909) -CF- 

       Other seamen who saw the sea light up were aboard the Danish S.S. Bintang steaming through the straits of Malacca between Malaya and Sumatra. Normally the passage here was quiet and uneventful, but on the still, tropical night of June 10, 1909, Captain Gave (sic – Gabe) was obliged to write an unusual entry in the ship's log. His account was published by the Danish Meteorological Institute, a society that printed only well-documented information.

       The trip had been routine and no other ships were expected along the course. So, when the captain heard the lookout call: "Lights on the starboard bow, sir!" Gave (sic – Gabe) moved to the front of the bridge. The charts showed no lighthouses or buoys in the area. The captain leaned over the forward rail and was astonished to see a long beam of light sweeping the sea—revolving spokes of a great wheel.

       The sweeping beams came closer and closer until, in a few minutes, the captain and crew saw a bright, round hub in the far distance on the horizon. The long beams radiated from this spot, revolving silently and steadily across the water toward the Bintang. The dumbfounded crew stared, amazed, at a light source so huge that only half of it could be seen below the horizon.

       The light beams sank lower and lower in the water as they neared the ship. Then they dimmed gradually and, within 15 minutes, disappeared when they were dead ahead of the vessel, leaving the Straits of Malacca once more black and empty. Later that night, Captain Gave (sic – Gabe) wrote in the Bintang's log:" [It was]. . . a vast, revolving wheel of light, flat upon the water, long arms issued from a center around which the whole system appeared to rotate."

       In truth, the light "wheels" are not wheel shaped at all; rather, they are rimless. A diffuse "hub" with spokes that rotate or whirl about the center in wide sweeps, just below the surface of the water. The shape more accurately resembles the sunburst design of the Japanese naval flag with spokes radiating from the center. They may turn clockwise or counter-clockwise; two may be rotating in opposite directions, then one may dim almost to the point of vanishing, then brighten, having reversed its rotation.                                                                                                           

This reference: “Bermuda Triangle Special Report 1977” compiled by the editors of SAGA Magazine & UFO Report. “Strange Underwater Wheels of Light” by Lucius Farish & Dale M. Titler, p. 67, © 1977.

Original reference: Scientific American, 106-51:

Nautical Meteorological Annual published by the Danish Meteorological Institute           

NOTE: Several of the following may be in error as PRN 85608 is also applied to June 3rd, 10th and 19th. William R. Corliss in his book Remarkable Luminous Phenomena in Nature does not have the 3rd or 10th, only the 19th which has the same reference as Fort’s whose date may have been in error, and possibly due to a typo as “9” and “0” are next to each other on a keyboard. The “19th” might have become the “10th” or the 10th the 19th.  

UFOCAT PRN – 10773 [DOS: 06-03-1909]

UFOCAT URN – 010770 Anatomy of a Phenomenon by Jacques Vallee, p 21, © 1965

UFOCAT PRN – 85608 [DOS: 06-03-1909]

UFOCAT URN – 081398 Invisible Residents by Ivan T. Sanderson, p. 112, © 1970

UFOCAT URN – 100123 Flying Saucer (Ray Palmer), June 1970, p. 8

UFOCAT URN – NONE   “Bermuda Triangle Special Report 1977” compiled by the editors of

                                       SAGA Magazine & UFO Report. “Strange Underwater Wheels of

                                       Light” by Lucius Farish & Dale M. Titler, p. 67, © 1977

UFOCAT URN – 146088 From Airships To Arnold (Catalog) by Richard H. Hall, # 007, © 2000.

UFOCAT URN – 010771 Catalog through 1950 by H. Edward Hill, #023, © no date   

UFOCAT PRN – 85608 [DOS: 06-10-1909]

UFOCAT URN – 085608 The Book of the Damned by Charles Fort, p. 265, © 1919

UFOCAT URN – 079290 Flying Saucers Have Landed by Desmond Leslie, p. 35, © 1953

UFOCAT URN – 010772 Catalog through 1950 by H. Edward Hill, #024, © No Date

UFOCAT URN – 010773 Computerized Catalog (N=3073) #255 by Jacques Vallee,

                                        no © date   

UFOCAT PRN – 85608 [DOS: 06-19-1909]

UFOCAT URN – 88144 Flying Saucer Review, September 1967, p. 9   

Southern Asia

The Malacca Strait: Is located between Sumatra and Kuala Lumpur

Strait of Malacca - Latitude 2-30 N, Longitude 101-20 E (D-M)

Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei Gazetteer prepared in the Geographical Names Division, U.S. Army Topographic Command, Washington, D.C., November 1970      

UFO Location (UFOCAT) Latitude10.38 N, Longitude 102.83 E (D.%) 


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