Go Back Report # 397


Valley UFO ‘Sank In River’


Staff Writer     

       WOLFVILLE – Acadia University geology professor R. H. MacNeill has another flying saucer report to evaluate – one that he barely missed making first hand.

       As a member of the National Research Council’s meteorite committee, Prof. MacNeill said Monday he was satisfied four boys definitely saw something which they vividly described to him following a hike Sunday afternoon on the Cornwallis River dyke near Port Williams.

       The flying saucer, or whatever, was classified by the Acadia professor as another Unidentified Flying Object, at least for the time being.

       If the item was seen by others in the vicinity he would like to hear from them. David Taylor, 14, Wolfville grade nine student, and three companions saw the object. The others were David Smith, 15, Gregory Cavanaugh, 12, Peter Blakeney, 11.

       “We were out on the Cornwallis River dyke at 4:30 and the object we saw was about fifteen feet across and six feet high." David said, “It was about a quarter of a mile away.” The object was black and hovered 100 feet above the river.

       "We ran over and it was just floating in the air and appeared to be oscillating like a spinning top. We were 40 feet from it."

       "We stood there and watched it for about 10 minutes -- then it slowly started heading down for the Cornwallis River. It went onto the water and moved with the current."

       There was no splash when the object hit the water and it made no noise in the air, the youth said in an interview.

       "When we got there it was nothing but a big black shadow under the water. It broke surface twice."

       The boys returned to Wolfville and contacted Prof. MacNeill who went to the scene. David said he went on ahead of Prof. MacNeill and saw the object again.

       "It must have detected us because it slowly moved out and sunk into the river said David.

David said the object could have been any substance. “It just seemed like a huge mass. At first we thought it was birds forming up into a flock. Then we decided it must be a UFO”

       Prof. MacNeill said he did not see the object when he arrived. "But I feel the boys saw something. They are an intelligent group of boys."    


       Prof. MacNeill classified the object under UFO. He thought at first it might have been a wing tank dumped by an aircraft. But such an item would not hover.

       The Acadia professor was a little skeptical (sic) of the boys' observation about their proximity to the object. It would be difficult to gauge the closeness of such an object approaching them, he said.

       Prof. MacNeill cruised the vicinity with a magnetometer -- an instrument for detecting metallic substances -- with no results.

       Observations of other persons would be helpful in attempting to establish its identity, the professor said.                                                                                                                        

This reference (Original): The Chronicle-Herald, Halifax, Canada. Published September 18, 1968, pp. 1 & 5.

       NOTE: Many books list the date of occurrence as Sep. 1, or Sep. 14. The above date (15th) is obtained from this newspapers printed date of Wednesday, September 18, 1968, and the text which states that the event occurred on Sunday, which would be the 15th, however the 1st, and 8th are also Sundays but it seams strange to me that there isn’t a newspaper account until the 16th at the earliest. I therefore believe that the 15th is the correct date.

       Many thanks to UFO Researcher Don Ledger, for providing the photocopies of the above newspaper clip.-CF-    

       On February 10, 1969 NICASP sent the following letter to Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia:

And the Reply:

Note: On page one is the word “Slicks”, which has various dictionary meanings, but Frank Reid of CUFOS gives the following on the word:    

...they’re places where a somewhat faster current (due to some construction up-stream, whether due to obstructs or the form of the riverbed) causes what looks like a very slight bulge in the surface, or at least a surface area distinct from the rest of the river surface generally. These areas have a different reflectivity vis-à-vis the sky, and (therefore) a different color – the idea is that, looking for an object in the river, the kids saw one/several of these slicks, and took it for what they hoped to see.
       If you have one of these insane huge tides in the Bay of Fundy running out, I guess the river can shift a lot in its currents, etc., and the slicks can therefore shift around and appear and disappear (All I know are the stable rivers of the Chicago area!).                                              

My Thanks to The J. Allen Hynek Center for UFO Studies (CUFOS): http://www.cufos.org/ and Frank Reid for his help in this case.-CF-          

UFOCAT PRN – 48913 [DOS: 09-MM-1968]

UFOCAT URN – 048913 NICAP Investigation Files       

UFOCAT PRN – 48913 [DOS: 09-01-1968]

UFOCAT URN – 090202 APRO Bulletin September-October 1968, p. 4            

UFOCAT PRN – 48913 [DOS: 09-14-1968]

UFOCAT URN – 176558 *U* UFO Computer Database by Larry Hatch, # XXXXXX © 2002     

UFOCAT PRN – 48913 [DOS: 09-15-1968]

UFOCAT URN – 048836 Special Report on 1969 Cases by Patrick Huyghe, p. 697. No © date

UFOCAT PRN – 48913 [DOS: 09-15-1968]

UFOCAT URN – NONE    The Chronicle-Herald, Halifax, Canada. Published 1968, pp. 1 & 5. (Above)

UFOCAT URN – NONE    Robet J. Gribble’s publication, Vol. 7, No.2, Issue # 74, November 1968

UFOCAT URN – 048837 UFOs: Operation Trojan Horse by John Keel, p. 159, © 1970

UFOCAT PRN – 48836 [DOS: 09-15-1968]

UFOCAT URN – 176559 *U* UFO Computer Database by Larry Hatch, # XXXXXX © 2002     


This is Nova Scotia ! Home of the famous “Shag Harbour” incident, and several more sightings.

North America – Canada, Nova Scotia, Kings

Wolfville                       Latitude 45-04-60 N, Longitude 64-22-00 W (D-M-S)

Reference: http://www.fallingrain.com/world/            

Port Williams                Latitude 45-06-00 N, Longitude 64-25-00 W (D-M-S)

Cornwallis River           Latitude 45-06-00 N, Longitude 64-21-00 W

Reference: http://geonames.nrcan.gc.ca/index_e.php           

UFO Location (UFOCAT) Latitude 45.10 N, Longitude 64.41 W (D.%) 


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