Extract of a letter from Ostend, Aug. 18:
Yesterday evening, at about half past nine, a ball of fire, seemingly as large as the moon at full, was seen to rise out of the sea towards1 the North, and passing over this city seemed to burst, and disperse with great rapidity towards the south. As it passed it seemed to drop particles of fire of a bluish colour, of the size of a star; upon the whole, this phenomenon, which lasted two minutes, was very much like a rocket going off, but of a much larger magnitude, and whilst it passed it was as light as day.
Reference for the above text is: The Edinburgh Advertiser dated September 02, 1783.
With thanks to Chris Aubeck and the Magonia Group: http://anomalies.bravepages.com
Note1: Since the distance to the “ball of fire” is not given, it is quite possible that the object came out over the horizon, therefore giving the impression of coming out of the water.
Aug. 18, 1783
France, England, Scotland > moon N. to S. 75° in 20" streak visible for 60"; detonation over Lincoln. 1783.
UFOCAT PRN – NONE
However, there is an event dated August 18, 1783, over Edinburgh and listed as a meteor.
UFOCAT PRN & URN 102563 - UFO Register by Delair J. Bernard, 1973. © Contact International (UK). 19730120
Europe – Belgium. Original UFO location at sea unknown. Body of water is the North Sea.
Flanders is the name for the northern Dutch-speaking part of Belgium Ostend (Flanders, Belgium)
Ostend Latitude 51-13-00 N, Longitude 002-55-00 E (D-M-S)
Europe – United Kingdom
Edinburgh Latitude 55-57-00 N, Longitude 003-12-00 W (D-M-S)
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