A METEOR STORMS A
Red Hot Aerolites Surround Captain Brown's Schooner.
sizzling from the heavens came within a few feet of striking the coasting
schooner Earl P. Mason of Cape Hatteras
on the passage from the Satilla River, Ga., for Philadelphia. The crew say
that it was one of the most magnificent spectacles they had ever witnessed.
The meteor burst in many pieces and scattered its seething fragments all
around, some of which, as
they dashed into the sea, made reports that sounded like cannonade.
Particles of the meteor,
as they flew through the air with the appearance of red hot chunks of iron,
struck the water with hissing sounds and disappeared only to send up great
masses of steam where they had gone down.
condition of the atmosphere during the fall of the meteor was most peculiar.
There were gaseous odors all around, and even the surface of the ocean glowed
as if it were ablaze. The heavens, too, appeared to be on fire. From the
zenith to the surface of the water, there were long trails of sparks along
the clearly outlined path of the meteor.
necessary for the vessel to "lay to” under storm trysails until the
atmosphere had assumed its normal condition. The vessel's compass was visibly affected, and the
needle fluctuated without regard to the cardinal points.
official log of the Mason, as
written and reported by Captain Brown, shows that the meteoric shower had
been preceded by a terrific gale on February 21, in latitude 34.34, longitude 76.45. The mainsail
was blown to tatters, and the foresail was taken in to save it. When the
wind, which blew at the rate of 60 miles an hour, had subsided, the meteor
burst athwart the heavens as above described, with a tremendous report, and lighted
up the firmament with a supernatural glow. During the sailors’ awe-stricken
observance of this phenomenon, a heavy sea boarded the vessel, stove in her
boat and damaged the decks.
remainder of the journey was a pleasant one, so far as the weather was
This reference: Manitoba
Daily Free Press dated April 11, 1893. With thanks to Barry Greenwood for
UFOCAT PRN – NONE
Atlantic Ocean off the eastern coast of the United
Cape Hatteras Latitude
35-13-45 N, Longitude 75-31-45 W (D-M-S)
Satilla River, Georgia Latitude
30-59-00 N, Longitude 81-27-30 W
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
Text Location - Latitude 34.34 N, Longitude 76.45 W