Go Back Report # 701


Hunt Fails to Find Strange Subs Reported Off N. C.

       NEW YORK, Feb. 22 (AP) The Eastern Sea Frontier Command said tonight two submarines were reported sighted off the North Carolina coast, but a search failed to find any trace of them.

       The search, said the frontier commander in a brief announcement, will continue. Coast Guardsmen at Nags Head, N.C., were the source of the report, a spokesman for the command said. The subs were said to be heading south from three to five miles offshore. One plane was sent out from Norfolk and a blimp from Weeksville, N.C., to take a look from the air.

       There are no American submarines in the area, the spokesman said. He said the water at that portion of the coast was shallow far out to sea and the supposed submarines would have to have been operating in only 50 feet of water, “which doesn’t make sense.”

       The spokesman said numerous fishing boats that operate in the area could have been mistaken for submarines at that distance. Civilians on the Nags Head beach said the atmosphere was hazy and visibility poor.

       Alpheus Drinkwater, veteran telegrapher and news correspondent at Manteo, N.C., said “there very definitely is something out there.” He said several Nags Head beach residents reported seeing what appeared to be two unidentified subs.           

ATOP 40-FOOT POLE           

       “If they were submarines, they were unmarked,” Drinkwater said. D. A. Sutton, a telephone construction company employee, said he observed the strange objects from atop 40-foot telephone poles. 
       “I definitely saw something and it looked like two subs,” he said. He was unable to identify the objects definitely as subs because of poor visibility.        
       Last Wednesday two Coast Guardsmen reported sighting a submarine off Fort Pierce, Fla. Navy planes searched the area but failed to find it.                                                               
This reference: Wilmington Morning News, February 23, 1955, pp. 1 & 10, c. 8 & 5-6

UFOCAT PRN – NONE           

North America – United States, North Carolina and Virginia

Nags Head, NC            Latitude 35-57 N, Longitude 75-37W (D-M)

Norfolk, VA                   Latitude 36-51 N, Longitude 76-17W 
Weeksville, NC             Latitude 36-12 N, Longitude 76-09W 
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   


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