Go Back Report # 478


Three UFOs Sighted From Japanese Freighter

Translated by J.I Takanashi (from Japan Flying Saucer Investigation, No. 76)

       On the night of April 6,1975, at around 11:20 p.m., the Japanese freight "Shinto Maru" was navigating homeward about 180 miles southwest1 of Singapore, after unloading lauan wood at Diambi in Sumatra, when the Third Mate sighted a strange, lighted craft approaching the freighter from the port side. The object, which appeared to be traveling on top of the water, suddenly ascended. When the mate signaled it with the steamer's light, it appeared to respond with its own light. Then the object changed course, rose higher, and flew off on a course of 160 degrees. The surprised Third Mate sent for the Captain, who also sighted the object through binoculars. The Captain also sighted a second object, which approached the ship and flew away in the same fashion. They later sighted a third object in the distance. Some part of this third sighting was shared by three other members of the crew.

       The object was about 10 meters in diameter and about 2 meters thick, in the Captain's estimate. It had one blue light and three red lights on the underside and there were many port holes encircling the dome-shaped upper part. Inside the port holes there was a yellowish-white light, and the middle of the underside appeared whitish. Steersman Yoshio Kotani, 30 years old, a deckhand, and a salon boy were the other witnesses.                                                

This reference: The MUFON Journal, Vol. #108, November 1976

With Thanks to Larry Hatch’s *U* UFO DATABASE, see http://www.larryhatch.net    

Note 1: “180 miles southwest of Singapore”, would put the ship on dry land in Riau, Indonesia. Therefore the author must mean 180 miles southeast, which would be in the area of Sumatra.-CF-

UFOCAT PRN – 182831
UFOCAT URN – NONE    The MUFON Journal, Vol. #108, November 1976 (Above)
UFOCAT URN – 182831 The UFO Evidence: Vol. 2 by Richard Hall, p. 137, © 2000 [Sketch]   

Indonesia - Sumatra

Diambi  Unable to locate although there are references to it online.  


Singapore        Latitude 1-17-35 N, Longitude 103-51-21 E (D-M-S)

Reference: http://www.fallingrain.com/world/SN/0/Singapore.html   

UFO Location (UFOCAT) Latitude 1.33 N, Longitude 103.83 E (D.%)  


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