Go Back Report # 402
12-15/16-1968

12-15/16-1968

Strange Object Sighted In Alaska

A well-written and detailed feature article appearing in the Juneau, Alaska DAILY EMPIRE for the 4th of January 1969 included some very Interesting sightings which took place in the vicinity of Hawk Inlet on the 15th and 16th of December 1968. The following is a condensation of that information:

Ken Marlowe, owner of the cargo-boat Teel and Ralph Kern reported seeing a "pure white light"--ball shaped and about 20 feet in diameter with two brightly glowing 4-foot diameter globes above it---while at Hawk Inlet at 3:30 p.m. on the 15th. When first seen, Marlowe passed it off as a reflection from an icy bluff or an aluminum boat but was soon observing it more closely when he noticed that it had begun to move slowly toward his boat. Using binoculars, Marlowe watched it but could not identify it. By 7 p.m., the ball was floating on the water within a quarter mile from the Teel, then suddenly rose out of the water and slowly flew out of sight over a nearby mountain ridge.

At 6 p.m. on the following evening (the 16th) Marlowe and Kern were docking the Teel at the cannery at Hawk Inlet, and it was snowing. As Marlowe was preparing the evening meal he looked out into the snowstorm and saw the same mysterious light again, this time moving slowly in the direction of the cannery from about a half mile distance. When the ball had hovered within a few yards of the dock, Marlowe Called the marine radio operator in Juneau. It took about 30 seconds to reach the operator and by the time he did, the object was directly above the Teel's mast at a height of about 70 feet above the deck, the mast being 40 feet tall. Both men were apprehensive, the object made no sound, and Just as Marlowe flipped the switch to contact the operator the object dipped in the air. Meanwhile, the marine operator had connected the line with Elmendorf Air Force and the Coast Guard so that they could hear Marlowe's description of the sighting.

After approximately five minutes from the time that Marlowe had connected with the marine operator, the boat's power went dead and the connection was cut off. Marlowe did not realize that the power was entirely off at first because the object gave off such a bright light. When he went forward to flip on the auxiliary batteries, he realized that all the power was off. He then ran to the cannery to make another call, noting that the light from the object over his boat which was 200 feet away, was bright enough to illuminate the inside of the building. Finding no radio or other means of calling, Marlowe went back outside and stopped to turn off an auxiliary diesel power generator which was "Just barely running." As he reached to turn it off, the object over his boat moved away and the diesel engine began to function normally. It finally disappeared from sight after 15 minutes of observation by Marlowe and Kern. After it left the batteries of the Teel were still dead but when the power was restored with an auxiliary gasoline engine, everything returned to normal and Marlowe checked the engine over and could find nothing wrong with it.

This sighting is of particular interest because a diesel engine was affected. In the past diesel engines have not been affected by the presence of UFOs.

This reference: The A.P.R.O. Bulletin, May-June, 1969, p. 6

***** SUPPLEMENTAL *****

New Info on Alaskan Sighting

On page 6 of the May-June issue, the details of a sighting of a UFO in Alaska and the subsequent interference of a diesel engine were reported. Dr. Harder, APRO's Research Director forwarded the following: "I was interested in the item.... For the explanation is that the engine was connected to a generator, and if the output of the generator was short-circuited, it would be a heavy load to the engine, slowing it down until the voltage plus the shorting resistance was of such magnitude to equal the power output of the engine. If it was "Just barely running" as reported, the resistance shorting the output would be very low, and might even be calculated from the speed of the engine. The power output from the diesel would be about proportional to its speed. The normal load resistance for the diesel can be calculated from the generator power and voltage, etc., so all is in hand to calculate the shorting resistance.

This reference: The A.P.R.O. Bulletin, July-August, 1969, p. 7

Original reference: Newspaper - DAILY EMPIRE, Juneau, Alaska, January 4, 1969.

Note: This event DID occur over a two-day period.-CF-

UFOCAT PRN 90347 [DOS: 12-15-1968]

UFOCAT URN NONE Newspaper - DAILY EMPIRE, Juneau, Alaska, January 4, 1969.

UFOCAT URN 090347 APRO Bulletin, May 1969, p. 6

UFOCAT URN NONE APRO Bulletin, July 1969, p. 7 (Above)

UFOCAT URN 157513 Vehicle Interference Project, #049-06, by Geoffrey Falla BUFORA 1979

UFOCAT URN 062586 Computerized Catalog (N=3076), #????, by Jacques Valle, No date

UFOCAT URN 166319 *U* UFO Computer Database by Larry Hatch, # XXXXXX 2002

UFOCAT PRN 90348 [DOS: 12-15-1968]

UFOCAT URN 062587 Computerized Catalog (N=3076), #????, by Jacques Valle, No date

UFOCAT PRN 90348 [DOS: 12-16-1968]

UFOCAT URN 090348 APRO Bulletin, May 1969, p. 6 [DOS: 12-16-1968]

UFOCAT URN 166320 *U* UFO Computer Database by Larry Hatch, # XXXXXX 2002

North America - United States, Alaska,

Hawk Inlet Latitude 58-07-42 N, Longitude 134-45-12 W (D-M-S)

Reference: The National Gazetteer of the United States of America, Prepared by the U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the U.S. Board on Geographic Names, Washington D.C., 1990

UFO Location (UFOCAT) Latitude 58.10 N, Longitude 134.73 W (D.%) [URNs 062586, 090347]

Latitude 58.13 N, Longitude 134.75 W [URN 166320]

Latitude 58.12 N, Longitude 134.75 W [URNs 157513, 062587, 090348,

166320]


 



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