Go Back Report # 4


March 1638, Muddy River near Charlton,

Massachusetts: Missing time among the Puritans


Puritan James Everell and two others were stunned as they saw a luminous mass that hovered and returned over a three-hour period. Their boat was pulled upstream by the phenomenon.

       The settling of the first Puritan colony in Boston was chronicled by Governor John Winthrop, who arrived in Massachusetts Bay in 1630 with one thousand English emigrants. A historian himself, Winthrop kept a record of the colony's first years in the New World. His journal is far from being a mere collection of unlikely anecdotes or village gossip. It is quite significant, therefore, that he regarded two spectacular sightings of unexplained phenomena as being sufficiently important to be recorded for posterity.

       The first sighting took place in March 1638. A member of the Puritan Church, James Everell, "a sober, discreet man," was crossing the Muddy River one evening in a small boat with two companions. Suddenly a great luminous mass appeared in the sky above the river. It seemed to dart back and forth over the water. When it remained motionless, it "flamed up" and seemed to measure three yards square. When it moved, it "contracted into the figure of a swine" and flew away towards Charlton.

       It did this repeatedly over a period of two or three hours, always returning briefly to the same spot above the water before shooting off again.

       When the light had finally vanished, Everell and his friends stood up and were surprised to learn that the boat was now further upstream than it should have been, as if it had been pushed, pulled or carried by an unknown force. In fact, they had been carried against the tide to their original starting point, one mile away.

       Why the light would be swine-shaped is a mystery not even the Puritan colonists could interpret, though it should be noted Everell was a leather dresser by trade, and he could have sought a familiar shape in an otherwise amorphous light.

       It is curious that the men observed that "two or three hours" passed during the spectacle. Can we believe they sat watching the phenomenon for such a long time?

       The mysterious repositioning of the boat could suggest that they were unaware of part of their experience. Some researchers would interpret this as a possible alien abduction if it happened today.

       Any speculation at this late date is merely conjecture, but it is interesting to note that at least a superficial resemblance exists between this case and recent claims in the American abduction literature.


Reference for the above text is: Wonders in the Sky, by Jacques Vallee and Chris Aubeck, pp. 190-191, © 2009.

Original reference: John Winthrop, The History of New England from 1630 to 1649 (Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1853), 349-350.

Also: The History of New England from 1630-1649, from John Winthrop’s diary, published by Phelps & Farnham, Boston, 1825, p. 290.


UFOCAT PRN – 79586 [DOS: ??-??-1638]

UFOCAT URN – 079586  Mysteries of the Skies by Gordon I.R. Lore and Harold H. Deneault, p. 41, © 1968 by Prentice-Hall, Inc.

UFOCAT URN – NONE   U.F.O.s and Extraterrestrials in History by Yves Naud, © 1978, Book No. 2, pp. 154-155.


UFOCAT PRN – NONE    [DOS: 03-??-1638]

UFOCAT URN – NONE Wonders in the Sky, by Jacques Vallee and Chris Aubeck, pp. 190-191, © 2009.


North America – United States, Massachusetts, Suffolk

Charlton          Latitude 42-22-40 N, Longitude 071-03-43 W ( D-M S)

Muddy Brook    Latitude 42-15-15 N, Longitude 072-14-56 W [River]

Reference: http://geonames.usgs.gov/pls/gnispublic/f?p=139:1:584016604572706


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