Go Back Report # 783



       Among the most convincing eyewitness reports of strange surface and subsurface goings-on are those reported by experienced pilots whose vantage point thousands of feet overhead has the unquestionable advantage of taking in the entire phenomenon at a glance. One such sighting occurred on April 11th, 1963, from the cabin of a Boeing 707 on a routine passenger flight from San Juan, Puerto Rico to New York City. The sighting was over one of the Atlantic's deepest canyons, the Puerto Rico Trench, north of Puerto Rico and east of the Dominican Republic. Here the sea reaches a depth of five and a half miles. The coordinates recorded by the crew were 19° 54' north latitude, 66° 47' west longitude.

       The copilot was the first to see the underwater disturbance. It was 1:30 p.m., about 20 minutes after takeoff, when the jet was at its cruising altitude of 31,000 feet. The copilot saw, approximately five miles to the right, a portion of the ocean's surface rising in what appeared to be a great round mound. He described it as "a big cauliflower" in the water, like an undersea atomic explosion that was about to burst through the surface.

       But nothing broke the surface. He called the captain's and engineer's attention to it, and they observed it for about half a minute under the clear sky. Both men unfastened their seat belts to move over to the right side for an unobstructed view.

       The three crewmen agreed the great mount of water was between half a mile and a mile in diameter and had risen from the surrounding ocean level to at least half its width. The captain, adhering to the policy of maintaining the flight schedule, did not circle back for another look. As they left the area of the great boiling mound of water, they noticed it was beginning to subside. Later, the copilot made inquiries at several government agencies, as well as with a seismic specialist, but none had reports of tidal waves, earthquakes, or waterspouts in that area.

       Strange, indeed! What kind of force could cause hundreds of tons of churning water to rise from 1300 to 2600 feet above the surface of the ocean? And be so contained and controlled that it would not break free and cause a monstrous tidal wave in all directions? Whatever became of the physics law that says water seeks its own level? Clearly, this strange power is not a part of man's modern scientific inventory.                                                                                             

This reference: Official UFO Magazine, Vol. 2, No. 3, May 1977, pp. 52-53, “Mysteries of the Deep: Underwater UFOS” by Lucius Farish and Dale Titler.   

UFOCAT PRN - 193135

UFOCAT URN – NONE    Official UFO Magazine, Vol. 2, No. 3, pp. 52-53, May 1977 by Lucius

                                        Farish and Dale Titler

UFOCAT URN – NONE    Enigma!, No. 6, p. 5, “Misterios en los mares del Caribe,” author and

                                        date unknown

UFOCAT URN – NONE    Enigma!, No. 11, Vol. 2, 1986, “En Puerto Rico! Bases Submarinas de

                                        Platillos Voladores?” by Jorge Martín, p. 7, © 1986

UFOCAT URN – 193135 Waterufo.net by Carl Feindt  

Atlantic Ocean

UFO position from text: Latitude 18-28 N, Longitude 66-06 W (D-M) 

San Juan                       Latitude 19-54 N, Longitude 66-47 W

New York City               Latitude 40-43 N, Longitude 74-00 W

Reference: http://www.astro.com/cgi/aq.cgi?lang=e 

Puerto Rico Trench, submarine depression in the North Atlantic Ocean, roughly parallel to the northern coast of the island of Puerto Rico and about 75 mi (120 km) to the north. It is about 800 mi long and 60 mi wide. The deepest point in the Atlantic Ocean, the Milwaukee Depth, lies at a depth of 30,238 ft (9,219 m) in the western end of the trench, about 100 mi northwest of Puerto Rico. The origin of the trench can be traced back to the beginning of the Tertiary Period. It appears to be part of a complex system of sinistral strike-slip faults in the north Caribbean; the trench seems to have been open continuously for about 70,000,000 years. It is partially filled with sediments.

Reference: The New Encyclopædia Britannica Vol. 9, p. 788, © 1986 

Milwaukee Deep          Latitude 19-35 N, Longitude 66-30 W (D-M)

Reference: http://www.bartleby.com/69/12/M07612.html     
This ocean floor feature is named for the USS Milwaukee (CL-5), a U.S. Navy Omaha class cruiser, which discovered the Milwaukee Deep on February 14, 1939. –H J-


Note: The P.R. Trench & the Milwaukee Deep are not dissimilar. The Milwaukee Deep is part of the P.R. Trench, the deepest part of the trench.        


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