Underwater UFO? 1952
Source - Canadian UFO Report - July 1969
There is one clue in the behavior of
UFOs which suggests strongly that their origin lies beyond our solar system.
It is their attitude toward water. As far as we know, Earth is the most
watery of planets in our particular system. Perhaps in some form, water lies
in or under the clouds of Venus or in the gaseous layers of the outer
planets. To a small degree, it is almost certainly present on Mars.
But large, deep bodies of water such
as ours seem definitely unique in our solar system. Presumably, therefore, if
our space visitors came from a neighboring planet, they would approach our
lakes and oceans with wary respect. Without such watery expanses of their
own, they would never feel at ease on or in ours, no matter how advanced
their technical development.
But the striking fact is that, where
water is concerned, UFOs appear far more at home even than ourselves. They
seem to regard it as an element barely distinguishable from air and, except
for an apparent interest in sampling it (ref. May-June issue), they treat it
with indifference. They have been seen flying into it and emerging from it at
full speed. Observations of strange, subsurface luminous discs suggest they
may even live under it.
Now we have learned of a case in which
a UFO was observed boating on [a] lake much
as we would on a casual outing. For a few minutes the object looked like any
vacation craft, but then there were differences.
Although the incident occurred in 1952,
it did not come to light until recently when it was reported to us by two of
the witnesses. They were Stewart S. of Ladysmith, BC, an electrical operator
with the provincial power system, and his cousin by marriage, Dorothy S., a
Red Cross nurse now responsible for the medical care of an Indian settlement
in BC's Caribou county. Another witness was Dorothy S.'s late husband.
"We were living at Summerland on
Lake Okanagan at the time," Stewart said, "and Dorothy and Gordon
had just arrived from Vancouver to visit us for a while. As it was her first
trip to the Okanagan since leaving her home in England, we had set out on a
motor trip for the day to see some of the country.
"It was a clear, bright morning
in September, and when we reached the ferry slip to cross over to Kelowna, we
realized we would have to wait a bit because we could see the ferry still on
the other side. And then about half a mile north of the ferry, we noticed
this other thing.
"I remember pointing it out and
saying what a beautiful, white boat it was," Dorothy S. added. It was
moving around so gracefully, and though we still couldn't make it out very
well at that distance, it seemed to have a smooth, round design we had never
As the three watched from their car in
admiring curiosity, they noticed the strange craft had started to move across
the lake in their direction. By that time cars from the ferry were beginning
to line up behind them, so they were also in a position to observe what
"We could see the wash coming out from either
side, yet somehow the boat, as we thought it was, didn't seem to be moving
very fast," Stewart said. (Dorothy compared it to a line from
Dante, "Hasten slowly.") "As it came closer, we still thought
it must be some unusual kind of modern boat. It looked like a round hard hat
sitting on a platter. But there was something about that wash that looked
different and that started us wondering."
Although neither could explain
precisely what the difference was, possibly it was caused by the circular shape of the craft
moving lightly on the surface, like a flatly thrown stone.
"Then suddenly it really
surprised us," Stewart continued. "It was a few hundred yards away when all at once the
wake disappeared and we realized the thing was in the air. It changed
direction to the right so that it came straight toward the ferry dock and
then it stopped dead, less than 100 feet in front of us and about 50 feet
above the water."
Despite the 17 years that had since
elapsed, Stewart's memory of that experience was obviously still very much
with him. He shook his head in amazement as he spoke of it and seemed to live
the whole experience over again.
His cousin, on the other hand, said
she had not thought of it for long while, though she was sufficiently
impressed at the time to make a note of it in her diary.
"We sat in the car
spellbound," she said. "We couldn't believe what was happening and
afterwards, for some reason, we had no desire to talk about it. It was as if
we had been told not to."
The witnesses described the object as about 30 feet in
diameter and having a haziness which made the outline indistinct. Also
it had a translucent quality which gave them the impression that anyone
inside could have seen them without being seen in return. (A description of
translucence often occurs in sighting reports in which the UFO is dome-shaped,
such as this one.)
"It stayed there, absolutely
silent, for a minute or so," Stewart said. "and we definitely had a
feeling it was watching us. Then it started back across the lake. By this
time I was out of the car to get a better look, and I told the others I
wished I had a pair of binoculars. An American tourist in the car behind
heard me and said, 'Here take mine. I've seen enough.' He looked as if it had
Through the binoculars Stewart watched
the object reach the opposite shore, just over two miles away, in five or six
minutes, giving it a leisurely speed of about 20 mph. Then it seemed to fly
parallel to a trail bordering the lake before it shot up and disappeared.
After a moment Stewart handed the
binoculars back to their owner, and he remembers how they stared silently at
each other in disbelief.
"I guess I looked just as shocked
as he did," Stewart said, "and it must have affected the others the
same way. We were a pretty quiet bunch going across on the ferry."
Having seen and been examined by craft
that may have come from a world light years away, it was no wonder.
Original reference: Canadian UFO Report July 05, 1969
UFOCAT PRN 81540
081540 Canadian UFO Report by John Magor, July 05, 1969
071058 World-Wide Catalog of Type 1 Reports, #0254 by Peter Rogerson,
no © date
135777 A Geo-Bibliography of Anomalies by George Eberhart, #0022, © 1980
America Canada, British Columbia
Summerland Latitude 49-36 N, Longitude
119-40 W (D-M)
Kelowna Latitude 49-54 N,
Longitude 119-29 W
Okanagan Latitude 49.55 N, Longitude 119.30 W
Canada Gazetteer, prepared in the Division of Geography, Department of the
Interior, Washington, D.C., USA, November 1953
location (UFOCAT) Latitude 49.83 N, Longitude 119.48 W (D.%)