Go Back Report # 710
02-21-1893

02-21-1893  

A METEOR STORMS A VESSEL          

Red Hot Aerolites Surround Captain Brown's Schooner.         

       A meteor 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.

       The 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.

       It became 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.

       The 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.

       The remainder of the journey was a pleasant one, so far as the weather was concerned.

This reference: Manitoba Daily Free Press dated April 11, 1893. With thanks to Barry Greenwood for finding it.   

UFOCAT PRN – NONE           

Atlantic Ocean off the eastern coast of the United States

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   

Atlantic Ocean

Text Location - Latitude 34.34 N, Longitude 76.45 W (D.%)   


 



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