Archives for January 2011

A frightful shock

Smithson. Miscell. Cols., 37-Appendix, p. 71, contains the account of a quartermaster’s clerk, L. Tennyson, at Fort Klamath, Oregon, who writes that at daylight on Jan. 8, 1867, the garrison was startled awake by what they thought was an earthquake and “a sound like thunder.” The sky was covered with black smoke or clouds, and brownish ashes fell. Half an hour later, another shock occurred, described as “frightful.” The vibrations lasted several minutes. In the direction of the Klamath Marsh, he saw a dark column of smoke, so he thought a volcano had erupted. Fort found no record of an eruption in Oregon during that time.

–Charles Fort, New Lands, p. 437 (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).

An illumination so brilliant

In Symons’ Met. Mag., 29-8,¬†appears the account of brilliant light accompanying an earthquake and the sound of an explosion. It happened on Jan. 25, 1894 at 9:30 p.m., 20 miles west of Hereford at Llanthomas and Clifford. Half an hour later, near Hereford and Worcester, an earthquake was felt (Nature, 49-325). Symons’ Met. Mag. also records that at Stokesay Vicarage in Shropshire, occurred “an illumination so brilliant that for half a minute everything was almost as visible as by daylight.”

–Charles Fort, New Lands, p. 476 (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).

Between Venus and Mars

On Jan. 22, 1898, according to Jour. Leeds Astro. Soc., 1906-23, Lieut. Blackett of the Royal Navy saw an unknown body between Venus and Mars during a total eclipse of the sun. He was assisting Sir Norman Lockyer at Viziadrug, India.

–Charles Fort, New Lands, p. 489 (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).

A mysterious white aircraft

At 9 a.m. on Jan. 12, 1910, according to an account in the New York Tribune, an airship was seen at Chattanooga, Tennessee. “‘Thousands saw the craft, and heard the ‘chug’ of its engine.’” It was later reported in Huntsville, Alabama, 75 miles away.

The airship was seen passing over Chattanooga for two additional days, seen on Jan. 14 about noon. “’It came from the north, and was traveling southeast, disappearing over Missionary Ridge. On Wednesday, it came south, and on Thursday, it returned north.’”

–Charles Fort, New Lands, p510 (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).

Unknown aircraft over Dover

Throughout January 1913, newspapers in England and Wales reported sightings of an unknown airship with lights on it. Reports began in the London Times on Jan. 6 (also London Standard, Jan. 24) that an unknown airship had been seen over Dover, and the lights of an airship had been seen over the Bristol Channel. An object was reported in the sky of Cardiff, Wales, by the chief constable of Glamorganshire, about five p.m. (London Times, Jan. 21). The next day, other reports followed throughout Cardiff of something brilliantly lighted. Reports speak of something like a searchlight.

–Charles Fort, New Lands, p512-513ff (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).