This is a transcription from an audio recording on CD. See Faded Discs & Wendy Connors at the end of the case text –CF-
RG – Robert Gribble – researcher
SW-1 – Sighting Witness one
SW-2 – Sighting Witness two
RG ....Seattle. What are the chances of getting a description of the object you saw over the
ocean on the 30th?
SW-1 I’ll give you a good description of it.
RG OK, fine.
SW-1 Ah...We were tacking...Ah...west, tuna fishing, it appeared over my port pole...it’s was
just like a tripod, you know that you had a telescope on it.
SW-1 And Ah...from being around airplanes and stuff like that, I would say that the thickness of
it at the forward end would be about twenty feet and that it was three times that long.
RG I see
SW-1 And there was no wings or tail, or wheels or nothing else on it. It was just ah...Oh... a lot
of guys say they look like a saucer, but they really don’t, they’ve got a...a leading end to
RG This in any way resemble a...a cigar?
SW-1 No, No...No. Ah...It was cylindrical in shape, thicker on the forward end. And that’s the
end. And that’s the end it took off from. Like that was the end they were running it from.
RG I see
SW-1 It wasn’t truly a... a saucer as you would think of a saucer. It looked...well...ah...well kind
of...if you laid a long raindrop on its side. You know....
RG Oh you’re talking about an oval shape then.
SW-1 Well it would be oval but...ah...it was longer than it was high, and it was a...it had kind
of....the direction it took off to...that end of the body or object was thicker than the other
RG I see. That would be the bow of it then.
SW-1 That would be the bow of it then.
SW-1 We watched it stay motionless for a good three or four minutes...before it took off,
and another boat that was coming out that morning too, they observed it too. And a...
it was a charter boat. And about half of the crew...there was about ten people on the
boat that saw it at the same time.
RG I see
SW-1 Then I asked the next day...I called him, because I knew he was out, and I asked him
if he was looking west about that time of the morning and he said...Yeah. And he said
I’m not nuts, I know what you’re talking about. So we went ahead and discussed it for
a minute or two on the air there. And I asked him and he told me how many people
had seen it. You know they had watched it and it took off like a shot. And ah...then
another tuna boat came back on the air and said that he had observed it too. Then he
was about ten miles below us.
RG I see
SW-1 I talked...When I came in, I was out for three days, and when I came in a couple of
other tuna skippers came and talked to me and they said they had observed it. And
from all the plottings that I could take and LORAN bearings, we had people looking at
it from about a ten mile semi circle.
RG I see
SW-1 And nobody could see tails or heads or wings or anything like it on it.
RG No protrusions at all.
SW-1 No protrusions at all. No. It was just an oval shaped longer than it was tall....
RG Yes...How about the color?
SW-1 It was just a silver color. No ah...It didn’t have any flashing lights or anything like that
on it. You know you hear these guys say it had flashing lights and all that. No. It just
looked like you took the body of a big plane and pulled all the wings it off, you know,
and snubbed itdown on the tail surfaces, and shortened it up.
RG Now when this took off, did it take off in a horizontal flight...path? Or did it move
SW-1 It moved off a little to the horizontal and then shot right straight into the air.
RG Perfect vertical climb?
SW-1 Uh Huh
RG OK. About how long would you say it took to leave your sight?
SW-1 Well I turned around and landed a tuna fish, and to throw a tuna fish in with a short
line takes about...oh, not more than a minute. And we all looked back, and that
bugger was gone. It disappeared. Now Frank he watched it the full time, and he
watched its full takeoff, and he said it just...schwoop and it was gone. He said it didn’t
leave any vapor trail around. I just saw it starting to go, when I turned around
grabbed the line and threw the tuna aboard.
RG Do you have any estimate of how far away it was from you?
SW-1 Well...I would say it was not more than...Oh...look at the angle, I would say it was at
an elevation of around 2,000 feet, and it wasn’t any more than two miles from us.1
RG I see. And that was in the western sky?
SW-1 Uh Huh
RG OK. Now when you first spotted this did you just happen to look up into the sky or did
this thing appear, just suddenly appear to you?
SW-1 Oh, I just looked up across the pole to see if anything was bouncing and there it was
settin. Right there above the pole.
SW-1 Now I talked to one of these tuna skippers... told me that last year they were out
there and they didn’t say anything about it. There was three of them appeared. And
while they were there they had no radio communications.
RG I see
SW-1 And it was about this same time last year and there was three of them. And everybody
out there thought their dang radios went haywire you know and cussing and starting
and pretty soon everybody’s radios started working when they took off.
RG A hah. This is very common
SW-1 And I noticed then...I got this questionnaire from the other center to answer and I
noticed that they had electrical interference
RG Right...Right. This is quite common, especially with vehicles. What is the name of your
SW-1 Irene B
RG Irene B
SW-1 Uh Huh
RG About what time was that object seen?
SW-1 About a quarter of eight
RG And how about the weather?
SW-1 Oh, beautiful.
RG Blue sky
SW-1 Yeah, beautiful blue sky. There was no... no overcast or nothing, was just a fantastic
morning as far as the weather was concerned.
RG Anyone think of taking a picture?
SW-1 No. We didn’t have a camera aboard.
RG I’ll be darned
SW-1 So I don’t know if any of the other boats took a picture or not. I could have Frank
check with the other boats and see if any of the skippers did take a picture of it.
RG That would be great
SW-1 He’s goin...He’s out tuna fishing now, but when he comes back in and I’ll check with
him, and ask the boys out there... I’m too far away to reach him by there...there on
low range by their radios and unless you’re out there why you can’t pick them up.
RG Well Pauldo you work that area year round?
SW-1 Oh no. No I’m just out there in the fall tuna fishing, summer and fall.
RG I see, a ha. If we send you a questionnaire would you fill ours in also?
SW-1 Sure. I’d be happy to.
RG And we’d appreciate the names of as many witnesses or other skippers as we could
SW-1 OK, My wife said she gave you Walt’saddress
SW-1 And lets see, he was in the cabin doing something washing dishes. And Frank was
on the TP3. Contact him. He would have a list of the people that was onboard that
SW-1 And there ...there were at least ten witnesses there. And I’m going to have to scratch
my head to see if I can remember which boats was which that came to talk to me
about it. But you know the funny part of it is that nobody will say a damn things it,
and if somebody does say it, why then they’ll all come forward.
RG That’s right. It just takes one to trigger the whole thing.
SW-1 The rest of them are going to keep their mouth shut. They think you’re nuts, you
RG Alright. Even that condition is begging to change though. What is you’re address?
SW-1 Westport, Washington. While your talking about this; when I went to the police station
here in Westport, to find out where I could report it or...or do something about it. The
deputy here, saw one just a short time before that, and they didn’t make a reporting
RG Was it the same day?
SW-1 No. It was earlier before, as I understand it, talking to the police chief down here that
one of the deputies had seen one in the morning. And... they just didn’t do anything
RG That’s really too bad, these kind of reports are really important to our investigation
and research program.
SW-1 Well when I went to Hascomb they said well yes we’ve got something around here
someplace and they had to look the whole damn office over to find where to make
their calls and contact.
RG A ha
SW-1 I thought that was pretty lousy because I know you’re supposed to report this stuff.
RG Yes. Because I can remember sending them brochures. We sent them to all the law
SW-1 Ya, well they finally found it.
RG Well that’s great. Well we sure appreciate you giving us your time and describing
this... [End of first witness]
RG ......just how you saw this object
SW-2 Well, OK. Let me ask you a quick question first.
SW-2 Your organization...is this a private organization?
RG Very definitely, Yes
SW-2 OK. Where do you get your information from? And ah... as far as my name, phone
number and so on
RG We originally picked up the story from a newspaper article in the Aberdeen Daily
RG And we contacted the Westport Police Department, and we got the name of the...and
telephone number of Paul Savage and also Frank Anderson.
RG And... I believe the lady at the police department gave us the name of your brother
and he in turn gave us your name and telephone number.
SW-2 OK. God, that’s very true. Well I was just curious
RG A ha
SW-2 It’s... an honest question
RG SURE! [Break in recording]
RG ....get the testimony of as many witnesses as possible on this particular incident.
SW-2 No. That’s fine...ah... it’s very sketchy, I can tell you what I... what I observed, and
...I don’t know...I don’t have very strong feelings one way or the other. I feel it’s
possible. You understand me? So ah... and like I say it was probably about eightish in
the morning I believe. I don’t know what the rest of them told you. But I definitely
(recollect?) breakfast and ah... now what do you need to know?
RG Ok. What we want to know is...just...ah...we want to get a complete description of
how you saw the object, and also import here is we’re trying to find out how many
people actually saw the object leave.
SW-2 Well this is something that none of us...on Paul’s boat saw. And I’m sure it’s been
explained to you...by both Paul and my brother Walt. My other brother, he was in the
cabin and he didn’t see it.
RG A ha
SW-2 Ah... Paul brought this to my attention, we were just pulling around, trawling, you
know. And he looked up; he says “What’s that up there?” And I said “Hell I don’t
know”. And whatever it was, was dead still.
RG A ha
SW-2 And this was a clear blue sky, believe it or not. Ah, because it was a beautiful day. And
it was bright in appearance, but it didn’t move.
SW-2 And he said it sure as hell isn’t a plane, and I said I agree. And I suppose, and I’m
guessing here again too, we had looked at it for a minute, minute and a half to two
minutes. And my brother Walt come over and he might have been looking at it for
about 30 seconds. And at that time we got a fish on the line. So everybody diverted
their attention to this, and there again, I would say the elapsed time would probably
be two minutes at the most. I don’t know if you’ve ever tuna fished or not?
RG No I haven’t
SW-2 Well anyway, you hand line them in.
SW-2 Ah...maybe I’m minimizing that a little bit. It might have been two or three minutes.
But after we got it on board, looked back around, and it was gone. Now as far as
leaving the boat, I didn’t see it, and I’m sure Paul didn’t’ see it, and er....or Walt. As
far as...it was impossible, as to our mind of thinking, that something could disappear
RG Right. OK. Now how would you describe the shape of this thing.
SW-2 Well I would say ah...you know what a pollywog looks like?
SW-2 Like that.
RG I see. OK. It was tapered that much towards the end?
RG I see. OK
SW-2 In proportion
RG Yes. What was the color?
SW-2 Color...it was... it was not bright, not...well it’s hard to explain that. I’d say dim
RG A ha
SW-2 And maybe having a shadow around it...a dimmer shadow around it or a haze. If I can
put it that way.
SW-2 That was my impression
RG Would you say that the.... [BREAK in text]...just from...just as you observed it?
SW-2 I would...no I couldn’t say that.
RG You didn’t see any sun flashes off it then?
SW-2 No. There was no flash; it was just ah...no I couldn’t say that.
RG OK. And you figured it was heading....you observed it from 1-2 minutes at least.
SW-2 Yes and I’m guessing there, because... your mind is on other things and it’s something
you’re not even thinking about. You follow me?
SW-2 And you don’t really realize...or you’re not functioning properly as far as observing.
You know you see something; you see that it’s there. Right?
SW-2 But the thing that got me, when we turned around, it’s gone. And you’re talking about
a clear day and ah...no obstruction whatsoever as far as haze or fog or anything. I
think Paul made the comment “there’s no way in hell...a plane or anything else could
get out of sight... out of sight that quick”.
SW-2 That you wouldn’t see it on the horizon.
SW-2 And I agree
This reference: From Robert Gribble’s “UFO Reporting Center” Seattle, Washington 1975
With Thanks to Wendy Connors of Faded Discs Archive, P.O. Box 8552, Albuquerque, NM 87108. http://www.Fadeddiscs.com
Note 1: See case 11-12-1963 – EM effect at a mile away. The story above goes on to tell of another event where those fishermen lost radio contact because of the UFOs closer proximity –CF
UFOCAT PRN – 167117
UFOCAT URN – 167117 *U* UFO Computer Database by Larry Hatch, # 11401 © 2002
North America – United States, Washington
Grays Harbor Latitude 46-57-02 N, Longitude 124-03-04 W (D-M-S) [Bay]
Westport Latitude 46-53-24 N, Longitude 124-06-15 W
UFO Location (UFOCAT) Latitude 46.93 N, Longitude 124.53 W (D.%)
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