Go Back Report # 699


First we sailed to Djibuti where he had left his manuscript.

Djibuti is about 80 miles from Perim, but owing to light winds, we did not sight the lighthouse on its guardian coral reefs until dusk on the second evening. Although I had no large-scale chart, the Pilot Book gave its usual detailed instructions for entry, and the reefs could be avoided in the darkness by bearings from the various lights. I decided to go in that night rather than wait for dawn.

       The night fell softly dark and Sheila sailed herself gently across a warm breeze. Mike and I were talking in the cockpit when we noticed a light far out to the southeast. As we watched, it grew more vivid and was seen to be sweeping towards us; it seemed like the beam of a very powerful lighthouse, pivoted in the south and sweeping from one horizon to the other--but under the water. It rapidly came closer, relentless and inexplicable, until it lit up the sails with a greenish light quite bright enough to read by. I watched the defined beam as it passed under Sheila, throwing the dark shadow of her hull momentarily over the sails, and then it fled to the western horizon.

       It left us speechless, but another great beam appeared in the east, swung towards us, underneath us, and silently fled into the western darkness. This happened about five times, always the same, at the same regular intervals, in complete silence and with no change in the wind or sea. Mike, a devout atheist, uttered a shaking blasphemy and admitted that one more beam would have put him on his knees.                                                                                

This reference: Sheila in the Wind by Adrian Hayter, pp. 106-7, Hodder & Stoughton, London, © 1959.

NOTE: Dates - Closest date mentioned to the event is March 27th, p. 101. From this point, the passage of days is not mentioned until p. 105 mentions “one week’s meals” which leaves us at April 7th. Sailed from Djibouti April 18th, from p. 108 of Sheila in the Wind-CF-


UFOCAT URN – NONE Sheila in the Wind by Adrian Hayter, pp. 106-7, © 1959.

UFOCAT URN – NONE Flying Saucer Review, Vol. 10, No. 6, p. 9, November/December 1964.

East Central Africa – As below:

Assab (Aseb). Province of Eritrea, Ethiopia – Latitude 13-00 N, Longitude 42-44 E (D-M), page 104, Sheila in the Wind

Reference – Gazetteer of Ethiopia by the Defense Mapping Agency, Washington, D.C., August 1982

Djibuti (from p. 108 of Sheila in the Wind)       
Djibouti, Djibouti – Latitude 11-30 N, Longitude 43-30 E

Reference – Gazetteer of Djibouti, published by the Defense Mapping Agency, Washington, D.C., December 1983  

Approximate position of the sighting: Latitude 13-30 N, Longitude 43-30E   


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