UNIDENTIFED SUBMARINE OBJECT OFF PAPUA
The Revd. Norman E. G. Cruttwell
On a night
in the month of April 1970 a remarkable submarine object was seen by Mr.
Albert Robins, Store Manager, of Rabaraba, Milne Bay District. He was travelling
in a small coastal motor boat from Rabaraba to Cape Vogel, about one hour
north of Rabaraba on the waters of Goodenough Bay; The time was about 2.00
a.m. and the night was clear. The sea was reasonably calm. There were five
Papuan crew on board who also witnessed the object.
A brilliant light appeared
beneath the sea on the starboard side and a huge brilliantly lit object rose
slowly from below the water: even so it seemed that about three-quarters
remained submerged Mr. Robins estimates its
size to be about 80ft. in length. Its width and thickness were difficult to
estimate because of the submersion, but it would have been at least four
times as long as high (and wide). It was cigar-shaped, with both ends
pointed; the top was somewhat flattened. He saw no detail of surface, or any
irregularities or protrusions. The object was self-luminous, dazzlingly
bright so that it hurt the eyes to look at it.
Diagram showing object partly submerged, as observed by Mr. Albert
It was travelling
at exactly the same speed as the boat, i.e. 7 knots, and paced it for four
minutes. Mr. Robins and all the Papuan crew were, needless to say, terrified,
and tried to take evasive action by turning to port, but the object did
likewise and followed them relentlessly, keeping about 20ft. away from the
boat on the starboard beam. They turned two complete circles before shaking
it off. The crew were shouting with amazement and fear, but apart from this
and the sound of the sea, they heard no sound from the object, which seemed
to be completely silent.
The object then suddenly started to
descend into the depths until its light faded and it was gone. The
sailors immediately turned back and made with all speed back to Rabaraba, and
did not set out again till after daylight.
The people knew of this object and called it a
"floating reef" They said it appeared quite frequently all over
Goodenough Bay, It has apparently been seen off Cape Vogel and also, from
Dogura, in Bartle Bay. It was witnessed before off Rabaraba by Mr. Otto
Alder, then A.D.C. in 1968.
make further investigations into this object and report again if I find
anything else significant.
personally interview Mr. Robins and he has filed a sighting form from which I
have taken this information, l have known Mr. Robins for five years and can
vouch for his reliability.
will see,. this is right in the middle of the area of the l959,New Guinea
given by non-observers for the unidentified submarine object are:
(i) bioluminescence in the sea
a school of porpoises stirring
(iii) a whale or whale shark, with luminous
sea streaming off him.
adequate to account for what the Robins party saw Mr. Robins and his crew are
accustomed to normal sea phenomena. Furthermore, the question has to be
asked: can bioluminescence be blindingly bright?
* This fantastic wave is presented in detail in the
Revd. Norman Cruttwell's contribution to FSR's 4th Special issue, UFOs in
This reference: Flying Saucer Review Vol. 18, No. 3
May/June 1972, p. 17-18
Review’s 4th Special issue, UFOs in
UFOCAT PRN – 71521
UFOCAT URN – 071521 Flying Saucer Review Vol. 18, No. 3
May/June 1972, p. 17-18
UFOCAT URN – 159340 Australian FSR by the Victorian UFO
research Society, December 1972, p. 2
UFOCAT URN – 193974 *U*
UFO Computer Database by Larry Hatch, #
09591 © 2002
Papua New Guinea
Goodenough Bay Latitude
09-50-00 S, Longitude 149-52-00 E (D-M-S) [Approximate-CF-]
Milne Bay Latitude
10-23-00 S, Longitude 150-27-00 E [Approximate-CF-]
Cape Vogel Latitude
09-40-00 S, Longitude 150-02-00 E [Approximate-CF-]
Bartle Bay Latitude
10-06-00 S, Longitude 150-08-00 E [Approximate-CF-]
Goodenough Island Latitude 09-22-00
S, Longitude 150-16-0 E
09-58-00 S, Longitude 149-49-60 E [Raba Raba]
10-05-60 S, Longitude 150-4-60 E
UFO Location (UFOCAT) Latitude 10.0 S, Longitude 149.83
Latitude 9.87 S, Longitude 149.87 E [URN