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Vessel Sights Moon-like Object in Sky over Sea
A flat, moon-like object
shooting straight up at great speed from near sea level to about 5,000 feet was sighted at 8:15 P. M. Wednesday eighty miles east of New York by
officers of the Netherlands’ government vessel Groote Beer.
Capt. Jan P.
Boshoff, master, said after docking
yesterday at Hoboken that he observed the phenomenon through powerful
binoculars. It disappeared into heavy clouds.
He said he went to the bridge as soon as
the strange object was sighted. He described it as flat, resembling the moon,
at first grayish and then turning brighter on the lower part. It was moving
directly upward and had bright spots resembling lights around the edges.
explained that he had never had seen anything like it before, but he added
that he was positive it was neither a meteor nor anything supernatural. He
said he would make a report to the “proper societies.”
Among the 426
passengers arriving in the vessel were Mr. and Mrs. Otto Boersma and their
eleven children. The Netherlands' family, Mr. Boersma said, will settle in
Minneapolis. He chose that city three years ago when he went there to inspect
automotive parts being shipped to the Netherlands.
The Boersmas will
fly west tomorrow on a Northwest Orient Airlines Stratocruiser. A spokesman
for the airline said they would be the largest family flown in one plane in
civil aviation history.
reference: The New York Times, July
30, 1954, p. 33
Note: Date information from the text above.-CF-
30, 1954 – publication date of newspaper - Friday
July 29, 1954 - docking
yesterday – Thursday
July 28, 1954 - sighting - Wednesday
Third officer Cornelius Kooey said the
object made an angle of 60° to the southwest with the recently set sun.
Measuring its altitude with a sextant at 8:15 P.M., he discovered its speed
was about 32 minutes of arc in 1˝ minutes of time.
reference: Fate magazine, March 1955, p. 18
UFOCAT PRN – Note: This case
has so many dates ascribed to it that I have elected to use a different
format here. First will be the UFOCAT PRN followed by a “/” and the URN
number. The date of the sighting is in “[ ]”.-CF-
UFOCAT 73258/150498 [Middle
A Geo-Bibliography of Anomalies
by George Eberhart, #0863, © 1980
UFOCAT NONE / NONE
Fate magazine, March
1955, p. 18
UFOCAT 59461/073289 [Middle 1954]
Invisible Residents by Ivan T.
Sanderson, p. 37, 1970
UFOCAT NONE / NONE
Unexplained Mysteries of the 20th
Century by J. & C. Bord, p. 173, published 1989
UFOCAT 20965/021014 [07-??-1954]
The Flying Saucer Conspiracy by Donald
E. Keyhoe, p. 190, © 1955
UFOCAT 20965/020965 [07-28-1954]
NICAP (National Investigation
Committee on Aerial Phenomena) Files
UFOCAT 20965/020966 [07-28-1954]
The UFO Evidence by Richard Hall, p.
134, © 1964
UFOCAT 20966/077552 [07-28-1954]
What We Really Know
About Flying Saucers by Otto Binder, p. 132, © 1967
UFOCAT 20965/097100 [07-29-1954]
Newspaper clipping July 30, 1954,
name of paper not mentioned but is probably the
N.Y. Times above
UFOCAT 73258/073258 [08-??-1954]
World-Wide Catalog of Type 1 Reports,
#0309 by Peter Rogerson, no © date
UFOCAT 59461/059461 [08-07-1954]
Flying Saucers Uncensored by Harold
T. Wilkins, p. 226, © 1955
UFOCAT 59461/022058 [09-??-1954]
(N=3173), #0572 by L. Schoenherr, no © date
New York City – Latitude 40-42-51 N, Longitude 74-00-23
UFO location (UFOCAT) Latitude 40.77 N, Longitude 73.98