Post by Graveyardbride on Oct 4, 2013 20:14:15 GMT -5
The tiny fishing community had always had its stories ... tales of giant sea serpents, man-eating squid and ghost ships and on that October day, 46 years ago, the story of a visit by a mysterious flying craft of unknown origin was added to the list. The first indication something was amiss was when local residents saw strange lights in the sky. Most witnesses agreed there were four orange lights that evening. Five teenagers watched these lights flash in sequence and then suddenly dive at a 45-degree angle toward the water’s surface. Oddly, the lights did not enter the water, but seemed to float on the water, approximately one-half mile from shore.
Initially, people thought they were seeing an airplane crash and quickly reported such to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police at Barrington Passage. Coincidently, RCMP Constable Ron Pound had seen the strange lights himself as he drove down Highway 3 en route to Shag Harbour. Pound described a craft approximately 60 feet in length with four lights. As he made his way to the shore, Pound was able to get a closer look. He was accompanied by Police Corporal Victor Werbieki, Contable Ron O’Brien and some other locals. As he watched, Pound clearly saw a yellow light slowly moving on the water, leaving a yellowish foam in its wake. Everyone was watching as the light either moved too far away to be seen, or dipped beneath the icy waters.
Coast Guard Cutter No. 101 and other boats rushed to the location of the sighting, but by the time they arrived, the light was gone. However, crew members could still see the yellow foam, indicating something had been there. Nothing else was found that night and the search was called off at 3:00 a.m. The RCMP ran a traffic check with the Rescue Coordination Centre in Halifax and NORAD radar at Baccaro, Nova Scotia. There were no missing aircraft reported that evening, either civilian or military.
The following day, the Rescue Coordination Center filed a report with Canadian Forces Headquarters in Ottawa, indicating an object of “unknown origin” had hit the water at Shag Harbour. The HMCS Granby was ordered to the location and divers searched the bottom of the ocean for several days, but without results.
The story of the mysterious crash at Shag Harbour died down as quickly as it had begun – until 1993. As the original story faded from newspapers and newscasts, several theories were introduced. One explanation was that a Russian spacecraft had crashed, which would explain the presence of a Russian submarine in the area. There were also rumors of American involvement in the follow-up investigation, but there was no official statement from the United States.
The Shag Harbour case intrigued MURON investigator Chris Styles to the point that he decided to search for additional details. Styles discovered the names of many of the original witnesses through newspaper clippings and was able to interview several of them. Assisted by Doug Ledger, another MUFON investigator, Styles uncovered some intriguing information. For example, the two learned that when Granby divers completed their work, the case was not over after all. The divers, along with other witnesses, related the following: The object that fell, or dived, into the waters of the harbor soon left the Shag area, traveling underwater for approximately 25 miles to a place called Government Point, which was near a submarine detection base. There, the object was spotted on sonar and naval vessels were positioned over it.
These extraordinary events were corroborated by many witnesses, both civilian and military. Unfortunately, the reports were given “off the record.” Ex-military personnel feared the loss of their pensions and civilian witnesses feared ridicule and invasion of privacy. The unusual incident at Shag Harbour commands an important place in the study of UFOs for there is little doubt something “unknown” crashed into the waters off Nova Scotia 46 years ago.
Sources: UFO Casebook; The Other Side of Truth by Paul Kimball; Ray MacLeod, "Could Be Something Concrete in Shag Harbor UFO - RCAF: Continue Search Today," The Halifax Chronicle-Herald, October 7, 1967; and Tourism Nova Scotia.