Go Back Report # 965
08-21-1867

08-21-1867  

DESCENT OF A METEOR

       Captain Turner of the schooner Algerine, who arrived in this city this morning, reports having witnessed, at about the hour of 11 o’clock on Wednesday night, a terrible and splendid phenomenon in the descent of an immense meteor into Lake Ontario, which struck the water not more than 300 yards from his vessel. The captain states that, a few moments previous to the appearance, he had come up from his cabin on deck and was standing on the main hatch. The vessel was on the starboard tack, sailing along finely with a southwest breeze for Port Dalhousie, and about twelve miles of (sic-off?) the Niagara lighthouse, bearing S.S.W. Presently his attention was attracted by a sudden illumination from the northwest, which almost instantly increased to a dazzling brilliancy. On turning he beheld a large body of fire in the heavens which seemed to be approaching to a descent of about 30 degrees and growing rapidly larger as it came nearer, the observation at a (sic) the time being so brief as hardly to admit of computation in seconds. The momentary impression of Capt. Turner was that certain and complete destruction awaited his vessel and all on board, as the terrible missile seemed to be directed to strike the vessel broadside. The time for reflection, however, was brief, and the light emitted was so blinding in its effect that the man at the wheel and another of the crew on deck fell prostrate, and remained for some time completely stupefied with terror. The captain himself, as he states, remained transfixed and saw the fiery body enter the water some 300 yards ahead of his vessel, about two points to the windward. A loud explosion attended the contact with the water, which was sharp and deafening, equal to a thunderbolt close at hand, and a large volume of steam and spray ascended into the air, which was noticed for some moments afterward. In the confusion of the moment, Captain Turner was unable to comprehend what had occurred, and the crew were inclined to believe that the phenomenon was an explosion of lightning, the sky being perfectly cloudless at the time. The captain estimates, as well as he was enabled to judge from the brief for (sic) observation afforded, that the meteor was of about twenty feet in diameter. A long trail of flame of the most intense brilliancy was noticed as it struck the water. As Capt. Turner describes his sensation, his faculties for the moment were all compressed in the (sic-word missing - line?) of sight, so overwhelming was the light from the fiery object, but he believes he was sensible to a terrific whizzing, howling noise, similar to that made by the steam issuing from the escape pipe of a steamer, which attended the meteor previous to the grand explosion on striking the water. Capt. Turner arrived at Port Dalhousie on Wednesday morning. He assures us that his nervous system did not recover from shock experienced for many hours afterward.                      

This reference: Salt Lake City (UT) Desert News (Weekly), November 20, 1867, p. 3

[From the Hamilton (Ontario) Times, Aug. 23.]

With thanks to the Magonia Group: http://anomalies.bravepages.com         

UFOCAT PRN – NONE           

North America – Canada, Ontario. Body of water is Lake Ontario

Hamilton          Latitude 43-14-34 N, Longitude 79-59-22 W (D-M-S)

Lake Ontario    Latitude 43-47-44 N, Longitude 77-54-20 W

Reference: http://geonames.nrcan.gc.ca/index_e.php           


 



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