Mystery Object Some Underwater Craft?
- 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.
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.
“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.
was no sign of any periscope or railings—nothing but the tower and box were
The water was smooth
and the object was in clear view only about 300 yards away, Mr. Hanning said.
had it in sight for 10 to 11 seconds, then I would say we were either seen or
"There was a great surging of
water, like a tide boil, then the objects disappeared."
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.
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/
Strange undersea craft off Rugged Islands,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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: Pā (Māori)
UFOCAT PRN – 87240
UFOCAT URN – NONE
News Clip, New Zealand’s Otago Daily Times, Thursday, 18 November
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.
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)
Latitude 46-23-60 S,
Longitude 168-20-60 E
Island Latitude 47-00 S,
Longitude 167-83 E
Islands Latitude 46-70 S,
Longitude 167-71 E
Location (UFOCAT) Latitude 46.35 S, Longitude 167.67 E (D.%)
Latitude 46.40 S, Longitude 168.00 E [URN
Latitude 46.68 S, Longitude 167.70 E [URN