A. Sutherland – MessageToEagle.com – The observed saucer-shaped object fell into the sea approximately a mile away from the Phoenix Line Steamship St. Andrew.
Had it struck the ship, all hands would have been killed in a few seconds. Was it a rare oceanic super bolide or something else with an unusual flight trajectory?
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The New York Times wrote on November 5, 1906, that the day before, the steamship St. Andrew just arrived in New York from Antwerp. Captain Fitzgerald reported a strange event that he and his crew experienced on October 30, 1906, about 600 miles northeast of Cape Race.
What happened at 4:30 o’clock on that day?
It was Tuesday afternoon and the ship St. Andrew was sailing in the region of North Atlantic, approximately 600 miles northeast of Newfoundland, Canada.
“The weather was clear and bright, although there was little sunshine,” Chief Officer V.E. Spencer told later. He was on the bridge and witnessed the sighting.
“I saw three meteors fall into the water dead ahead of the ship one after another at a distance about 5 miles. Although it was daylight, they left a red streak in the air from zenith to the horizon.
“Simultaneously the third engineer shouted to me. I then saw a huge meteor on the port beam falling in a zigzag manner less than a mile away to the southward. We could clearly hear the hissing of water as it touched. It fell with a rocking motion leaving a broad red streak in its wake.
The meteor must have weighed several tons, and seemed to be 10 to 15 feet in diameter. It was saucer-shaped which probably accounted for the peculiar rocking motion.
“When the mass of metal struck the water the spray and steam rose to a height of at least 40 feet, and for a few moments looked like the mouth of a crater…”
If it had been night, the meteor would have illuminated the sea for 50 or 60 miles.
The witness described the hissing sound as very similar to that of escaping steam when it struck the water. The noise was so loud that the chief engineer turned out of his berth and came on deck, thinking the sound came from the engine room.
“I have seen meteors all over the world, but never such a large one as this,” the witness commented.
When asked what would have happened if the flying object fell on the ship, Mr. V.E. Spencer answered the following:
“The ship would have been burnt out immediately and every soul on board destroyed. I have no doubt that many of the vessels which have been lost at sea in apparently fine weather have been destroyed by falling meteors.”
There were also others who became witnesses to this extraordinary celestial event on October 30, 1906. Capt. Russ and its crew of the Hamburg – American steamer Brazilia, were also in the area where the event occurred. They reported seeing of a large meteor at 07.p.m. on Tuesday, Oct.30 in latitude 47 degrees north and longitude 48 degrees west.
Their sighting could have been a part of that what was observed by the crew of St. Andrew ship.
However, Brazilia’s crew did not see the mysterious object around that same time. They witnessed the incident much later!
A falling missile or satellite fragments fit much better the above description of the event but in 1906 such technology did not exist, or did it?
So the question remains:
Was the crashing saucer-shaped object with rocking motion really a super bolide, a very rare impacting body brighter than magnitude -17, of which precise nature is unknown?
The above-described observation can be considered well documented and definitely controversial.
Shouldn’t a shockwave occur earlier, already during the object’s falling?
The impact of the object on the water surface was also not enough powerful considering the size of the falling body even if the witness said: “… the spray and steam rose to a height of at least 40 feet.”
If it really was a meteorite that “appeared to be 10 to 15 feet in diameter”, and the impact occurred in the ocean, then “a large steam cloud would be produced by the sudden evaporation of the seawater.” (“Natural Disasters”, Prof. Stephen A. Nelson, Tulane University)
“The water vapor and CO2 would remain in the atmosphere long after the dust settles…”
The bolide impact heats the ocean so much that a massive hurricane forms. In this case, no hurricane was reported.
Did the crew of St. Andrew see a super bolide or something they wanted to see as a bolide?
Interestingly, on November 12, 1887, Charles Fort reported that a huge object was seen to rise (!) out of the sea off Cape Race. 1
According to the report:
“An object, described as a large ball of fire was seen to rise from the sea near Cape Race. We are told that it rose to a height of fifty feet, and then advanced close to the ship, then moving away, remaining visible about five minutes.
Details in the American Meteorological Journal recount that the British steamer, the S.S. Siberian, Captain Moore in commend had observed this phenomenon and that the object had moved against the wind. Captain Moore also stated that “about the same place I have seen such appearances before.”
Written by – A. Sutherland – MessageToEagle.com Senior Staff Writer
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