Go Back Report # 330
11-13-1965

11-13-1965

Mystery Object Some Underwater Craft?

       INVERCARGILL (PA1). - The mystery object spotted off Stewart Island from the Bluff fishing craft Eleoneai was “definitely a submarine or some underwater craft," the Eleoneai skipper said yesterday.      
       From Dunedin, the resident naval officer, Lieutenant-commander R. E. Lawry, said the Eleoneai's crew was not sworn to secrecy on returning to Bluff on Tuesday and that his interview there was of a routine nature.        
       Lieutenant-commander Lawry sent a report yesterday to naval authorities in Wellington.           
       In Bluff there were suggestions that Mr. R. D. Hanning, skipper of the Eleoneai and Mr. W. J. Johnson saw part of a Russian nuclear submarine.    
       However, not even Mr. Hanning, with 20 years experience of the sea, claimed any such precise identification. “It was a totally strange craft,” he said.          

“THING”

       "We were about half a mile off Rugged Islands at the northwest of Stewart Island about 11:30 on Saturday morning when we saw this thing come out of the water," Mr. Hanning said.           

Mystery

      “It rose out about 15 ft., a tapered object perhaps 12 ft. long at the waterline and 5 ft. at the top. Then about 30 ft. away from it was a box-shaped object, about 10 ft. long and 5 ft. high.

       "There was no sign of any periscope or railings—nothing but the tower and box were visible."

       The water was smooth and the object was in clear view only about 300 yards away, Mr. Hanning said.

       "We had it in sight for 10 to 11 seconds, then I would say we were either seen or heard.

       "There was a great surging of water, like a tide boil, then the objects disappeared."

       Did they cruise the Eleoneai over the spot?

 . . . "Not on your life. We hung around for a few minutes, then steamed off."

       He said he had seen a submarine once at Bluff and had seen pictures of others.

       "This looked quite different, but we couldn't have mistaken it for whales or logs that we have seen any amount of times."                                                                                                       

This reference: New Zealand’s Otago Daily Times, Thursday, 18 November 1965.

With thanks to The J. Allen Hynek Center for UFO Studies (CUFOS): http://www.cufos.org/

ALSO  

Strange undersea craft off Rugged Islands,

New Zealand

       The date was Saturday, November 13, 1965, when two Bluff fishermen, Mr. R. D. Hanning, aged 41, skipper of the fishing craft Eleoneai, and Mr. W. J. Johnson made the sighting.

       They had set out from Bluff, the port of Invercargill, to tend to tray pots in the area of Stewart Island, the southernmost part of New Zealand. At 11:30 a.m. they were about half a mile off Rugged Islands, the northwestern point of Stewart Island, when they saw a strange craft come out of the water.

       Its tapered structure rose about 15 feet above the surface and measured about 5 feet high at the top and 12 feet at the water line. Then, about 30 feet away from it, there was another object, box-shaped, about 10 feet long and 5 feet high. There was no sign of any periscope or railing and nothing but the "tower" and "box" were visible. The water was smooth and the object was in clear view only about 300 yards away. (The object’s position was only 500 yards off Rugged Islands).

       The men had it in sight for 10 to 11 seconds, when suddenly there was a great surging of water like a tide boil and both objects disappeared. Both men were rather startled at this display and in fact were somewhat frightened by it. They hung around for a few minutes, decided not to investigate, and steamed off. The water—at the spot from which they made the sighting—was about 30 fathoms deep to a sandy bottom, although the coast near Rugged Islands is rocky and rugged.

       Late that Saturday afternoon the Eleoneai put into an anchorage, and after having discussed the sighting again during a meal, Hanning and Johnson called Awarua Radio and asked whether any submarines were known to be in the area. They related their experience and the next thing they received was a message from the Navy.

       On returning to Bluff on the Tuesday following, the men were interviewed by the Navy. Hanning then made the statement that he had seen a submarine once at Bluff and had looked at pictures of others. He was emphatic, however, that the object they had seen looked quite different and that they could not have mistaken it for whales or logs, of which they had seen any amount. It was then that they described the object as being black or brown in colour, without any markings.

       The press suggested that the men had seen part of a Russian nuclear submarine and that they had been sworn to secrecy by the Navy authorities. However, the men, as well as the Navy, denied this. The Navy, through its spokesman, the Deputy Chief of Naval staff, stated that "it was most unlikely that the object—whatever it might have been—was a submarine because it would have been operating in an area where there were rocks, a definite submarine hazard. Besides, there was no logical reason for any submarine to be in that area.”

       Our efforts to obtain additional information from the two fishermen [have] proved unsuccessful, and we feel that the witnesses are loath to have further publicity.                 
This reference: Flying Saucer Review, Vol. 12, No. 4, July/August 1966, pp. 28-30.     

Note 1: (Māori)

Reference: http://www.answers.com/topic/p

UFOCAT PRN – 87240

UFOCAT URN – NONE    News Clip, New Zealand’s Otago Daily Times, Thursday, 18 November

                                        1965
UFOCAT URN – NONE     "Submarine Craft in Australasian Waters" by H.J. Hinfelaar,

                                        Spaceview, No. 47, February/March 1966

UFOCAT URN – 040096 Computerized Catalog (N=3173), #1815 by L. Schoenherr, no © date

UFOCAT URN – 076762 Invisible Residents by Ivan T. Sanderson, p. 56, © 1970

UFOCAT URN – 081381 Invisible Residents by Ivan T. Sanderson, p. 56, © 1970

UFOCAT URN – 087240 Flying Saucer Review, Vol. 12, No. 4, July/August 1966, pp. 28-30

UFOCAT URN – NONE    Unexplained Mysteries of the 20th Century by Janet & Colin Bord, p. 168,

                                        ©1989

UFOCAT URN – 169880 *U* UFO Computer Database by Larry Hatch, # 07006, © 2002

Central Pacific Ocean - New Zealand, Akaroa County

Bluff                             Latitude 46-36-00 S, Longitude 168-19-60 E (D-M-S)

Invercargill                   Latitude 46-23-60 S, Longitude 168-20-60 E

Stewart Island             Latitude 47-00 S, Longitude 167-83 E

Rugged Islands            Latitude 46-70 S, Longitude 167-71 E

Reference: http://geonames.usgs.gov/redirect.html  

UFO Location (UFOCAT) Latitude 46.35 S, Longitude 167.67 E (D.%)

                                      Latitude 46.40 S, Longitude 168.00 E [URN 076762]

                                      Latitude 46.68 S, Longitude 167.70 E [URN 169880]           


 



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