Go Back Report # 709


A Strange Phenomenon.      

NEW YORK, May 9-- Captain Swan [should be Sweet-CF-], of the Dutch bark J. P. A., had an experience on March 19th which he thinks will account for the mysterious disappearance of so many vessels at sea. That day there was a heavy storm. Late in the afternoon a huge meteor, looking like two balls of fire, dropped into the sea close alongside, making a tremendous roaring. Before reaching the water the upper atmosphere was darkened, while below, and on board, everything appeared like a sea of fire. The force of the meteor striking the water caused heavy breakers, which washed over the vessel, making her roll dangerously. The atmosphere became uncomfortably warm, and the air was
full of sulphur. Immediately afterward solid lumps of ice fell on the deck, and docks and rigging became coated with an icy crust, caused by the immense evaporation. On the side where the meteor fell, the ship appeared all black, and some of the copper sheathing was blistered. 

Reference for the above text is: Nevada State Journal (Reno, Nevada), Saturday, May 14th, 1887. 
My reference: E-mail from Chris Aubeck to me (CF) dated April 10, 2003.    


       In accord with our disaccord is an instance related in the Monthly Weather Review, March 1887—something that fell luminously from the sky, accompanied by something that was not so affected, or that was dark:

       That, according to Captain. C. D. Sweet, of the Dutch bark J. P. A., upon March 19, 1887, N. 37° 39', W. 57° 00', he encountered a severe storm. He saw two objects in the air above the ship. One was luminous and might be explained in several ways, but the other was dark. One or both fell into the sea with a roar and the casting up of billows. It is our acceptance that these things had entered this earth's atmosphere, having first crashed through a field of ice—"immediately afterward lumps of ice fell."      

Reference for the above text is: The Complete Books of Charles Fort, pp. 284-285, © 1974, from the original The Book of the Damned, © 1919.          
Original reference: Monthly Weather Review, March 1887.    

UFOCAT PRN – 79589
[DOS: 03-??-1887]    
UFOCAT URN – 073276 Invisible Residents by Ivan T. Sanderson, p. 28, © 1970       
UFOCAT URN – 100126 Flying Saucer Magazine (Palmer), June 1970, p. 8      
UFOCAT URN – 159341 Australian FSR by the Victorian UFO Research Society, December 1972, p.3 

UFOCAT PRN – 79589
[DOS: 03-19-1887]   
UFOCAT URN – NONE    Monthly Weather Review, March 1887
UFOCAT URN – NONE    Nevada State Journal, Saturday, May 14th, 1887        
UFOCAT URN – 085612 Book of the Damned by Charles Fort, p. 271, © 1919
UFOCAT URN – 010387 Flying Saucers Are Real by Donald Keyhoe, p. 59, © 1950     
UFOCAT URN – 010388 Flying Saucers from Outer Space by Donald Keyhoe, p. 227, © 1953
UFOCAT URN – 079242 Flying Saucers Have Landed by Desmond Leslie, p. 33, © 1953
UFOCAT URN – 076509 GEPA – Phénomènes Spatiaux, December 1964        
UFOCAT URN – 010389 Preliminary Catalog (N=500) by Jacques Vallee, #009, © 1966
UFOCAT URN – 179624 Challenge to Science by Jacques Vallee, p. 211-009, © 1966
UFOCAT URN – NONE    National Fisherman, May 1967
UFOCAT URN – 079589 Mysteries of the Skies by Gordon I. R. Lore, p. 42, © 1968    
UFOCAT URN – 181656 Remarkable Luminous Phenomena in Nature by William Corliss, p. 281-10, © 2001 
UFOCAT URN – 010390 Computerized Catalog (N=3076), #183 by Jacques Vallee, no © date
UFOCAT URN – 054707 Etudes Statistiques Portant sur 1000 Témoignages, Claude Poher, #0053, undated 
UFOCAT URN – 062323 Computerized Catalog (N=3076), #183 by Jacques Vallee, no © date

North Atlantic Ocean   
UFO Location (Fort’s text)   Latitude 37-39 N, Longitude 57-00 W (D-M)        



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