NATURALIST OF THE “BLONDE”
On her trip from England to the Hawaiian Islands
VOYAGE FROM COOK ISLANDS TO ENGLAND
Leaving Mauke, Cook Islands, on August 9, the "Blonde" passed Mangaia Island and headed eastward for the South American coast. The plans for visiting Tahiti were given up because of continuing of unfavorable winds.
August 12. About half-past three o'clock this morning the middle watch on deck was astonished to find everything around them suddenly illuminated. Turning their eyes to the eastward they beheld a large, round, luminous body rising up about seven degrees apparently from the water to the clouds, and falling again out of sight, and a second time rising and falling. It was the color of a red hot shot and appeared about the size of the sun. It was only visible for a few seconds and after its final departure some rays of light were seen in the same direction. It was probably a meteor or fireball. No sound was heard. It gave so great a light that a pin might be picked up on deck.
Reference for the above text is: Bloxam, Andrew, Diary of Andrew Bloxam: Naturalist of the [HMS] Blonde on Her Trip from England to the Hawaiian Islands, 1824-25, Bernice P. Bishop Museum, Special Publication 10 (1925), p. 88.
With thanks to Chris Aubeck of the Magonia exchange for finding it.
UFOCAT PRN – 69642
UFOCAT URN – NONE Diary of Andrew Bloxam, © 1925, p. 88
UFOCAT URN – 69642 UFO Investigator, a NICAP publication, Vol. 4, No. 5, p. 4, (March 1968)
UFOCAT URN – 73277 Invisible Residents by Ivan T. Sanderson, p. 29, © 1970
UFOCAT URN – NONE No Earthly Explanation by John Wallace Spencer, pp. 94-102, © 1974
UFOCAT URN – NONE *U* UFO Computer Database by Larry Hatch, # 000088, © 2002
UFOCAT URN – NONE Wonders in the Sky by Jacques Vallee and Chris Aubeck, p.300, © 2009
The party remained in the Hawaiian Islands from 4 May to 18 July 1825. They left planning to go to Tahiti, but actually landed first at Malden Island on 30 July 1825 and then at Mauke in the Cook Islands on 8 August 1825, before returning to Valparaíso [Chile], which they reached on 6 September 1825.
Malden Latitude 04-03-00 S, Longitude 154-59-00 W (D-M-S) [island] Kiribati (Central Pacific)
Mauke Latitude 20-09-30 S, Longitude 157-20-30 W [island] Cook Islands (South Pacific)
Mangaia Latitude 21-55-30 S, Longitude 157-55-30 W [island] Cook Islands (South Pacific)
South America - Chile, Valparaíso
Valparaíso Latitude 33-01-30 S, Longitude 071-37-00 W [harbor] Chile
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