There is something in Shag HarbourExtraterrestrial
Nova Scotia, Canada, October 4th 1967.
Something very unusual is happening, dozens of locals are reporting lights in the sky.
- At 10pm an orange sphere is spotted hovering around the coastline of Dartmouth by Chris Styles, at 11pm residents of Shag Harbour start spotting lights in the sky, just like before the lights are noiseless and glowing orange.
- On Highway 3 to Shag Harbour, Laurie Wickens spots a group of lights while driving, the lights seem to have descended into the Harbour 300 meters out.
- At Bear Point Woods, Norman Smith spots the lights, 5 in total, stopped moving, shortly after a whistling noise is heard ‘just like a bomb’ and the lights are seen drifting lower into the harbour.
- A group of 5 teenagers watch the group of lights flash in sequence then dive at a 45° angle towards the waters surface only to float on top of the water about half a mile out.
Sounds like the beginning of Orson Welles’ “The War Of The Worlds” radio drama, doesn’t it?
The witnesses first assumed this is a plane and within 15 minutes the Royal Canadian Mounted Police are on the scene, at 11:38pm the police raise the alarm for a search and rescue effort to begin, local fisherman and residents are called upon to join the search effort for the downed plane.
Constable Pound, Police Corporal Victor Werbieki, Contable Ron O’Brien, and other local residents go to the shoreline to get a closer look at what was happening. To everyones surprise a yellow light was seen moving over the water leaving a yellow foam in it’s wake. It then either submerged or went too far out to sea to be viewed by the naked eye.
When the search and rescue teams reach the approximate location of the crash, they are welcomed not by flames and debris but yellow bubbly foam suggesting that maybe the object had submerged. Norman Smith attempted to secure some of the foam in a net, but the foam melts into the water before a sample can be secured. After hours of searching, nothing is found. Civilian, Commercial and Military aircraft is then checked to see if there are any missing aircraft that would account for the event, but the search turns up empty.
The next day…
The next morning, the Rescue Coordination Centre issues a statement ruling out a plane crash and later sends a Telex to the Canadian Forces headquarters outlining the sightings and the rescue efforts as well as describing the ‘dark object’ as a ‘UFO’ interestingly, the authorities use the term rather than witnesses – much like the infamous Roswell Daily Records “RAAF Captures Flying Saucer On Ranch in Roswell Region” headline. In reply to this an underwater search is green lit and on October 6th divers begin their search. After a search of 1.5 miles square area nothing is found.
The Press: Halifax Chronicle-Herald
The Canadian press gave extensive coverage on the event, a large part of the coverage was from the Halifax Chronicle-Herald. The original story was published on October 7th titled ‘Could Be Something Concrete in Shag Harbour UFO – RCAF’ the article included eye witness accounts and those from the Canadian Air Force and the Canadian Navy’s underwater search teams.
Interestingly, the RCAFs Squadron Leader Bain was quoted as saying the RCAF was ‘very interested’ in the matter and ‘We get hundreds of reports every week, but the Shag Harbour incident is one of the few where we may get something concrete on it’
Digging deeper with MUFON
So, the story wasn’t over there – it get’s a bit murkier.
MUFON investigators Chris Styles and Doug Ledger have continued the research into the downed craft and discovered that the divers didn’t actually come up empty…
The object had actually travelled for around 25 miles out to see towards Government Point which, fortuitously, is close to a Submarine detection base. The Navy actually spotted the object on sonar and positioned vessels over the object. Bizarrely they just waited. For days. Planning a salvage operation. I personally would be really eager to just get down there and say hello but thats just me. It is then believed that a second UFO then joined the first to ‘give aid’.
After a couple of days of continued waiting and ‘monitoring’, some of the convoy that had accumulated over the UFOs had been called away to investigate a Russian Submarine that had wandered into Canadian waters. The UFOs seized their chance and made their move, shooting into the sky and infamy forever.
I would love this to be true. It really would be so much more compelling than even Roswell. Unfortunately, the final sightings are all ‘off the record’ due to the threat of losing jobs and public ridicule so we will never know what actually happened.
Keep watching the skies.