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
“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
Norfolk, VA Latitude 36-51 N, Longitude
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