ENCOUNTER AT SEA
Well here goes, some time
in the summer of 1959, while
heading towards Okinawa, the seas were smooth,
you could see the fluorescents sparkles guiding our
the sea. It was so dark that if a very small light appeared on the
horizon, you could see it. I was standing port watch, at about 23:45 hours, it was close
to time for the change of the mid-night watch. The
flood lights lit the Bow area so that
small fishing boats would have a chance to see us and clear the
Update August 2011
A doctored up 1976 Photo
No fishing boats appeared. As I look towards the starboard side, something caught my eye, there was something along side the ship, it appear to be stationary, and it's glow was of a pail blue fluorescent's and had a configuration of a dome, the ship was moving passed it. I was amazed and it took me a minute to recoup, the only thing that popped into my mine was to yell "Flying Saucer off the starboard side".
The whole watch headed for the starboard side with no one steering the ship, they sure wanted to get a look at it, but it disappeared just that quick. The only other person to see it was the fantail watch, and he stated a couple of days later, "I'm not going to say anything, didn't want the crew to think I was nuts". But he continued, the thing went straight up at a fast rate of speed, divided into three balls of light and then disappeared. The Captain was then called out, he questioned me and stated there have been numerable sightings over the years, but could not explain this strange occurrence and neither could I. A few days later, I had a conversation with a quartermaster in his cabin above the bridge who stated he saw the same thing on a different occasion, he appeared serious, I didn't take it any further.
I have had repeated thoughts over the years about this strange event and believe there are sailors who have crossed over and come back ever so often just to check us out and witness the progress in the change of speeds and styles of ships and the sailors who served aboard them. You think maybe they desire to sail once again upon these ships, especially when they see their old ships still afloat, I often wonder, how about you?
thoughts I hope.........................................................................................Ronald Gust S.N. 58-59, 2nd Div
Observations by a former OOD
A few things come to mind.
The ship is never really dark. Too many lights on the ship, so
everything else is darker, but it does affect your night vision.
Anyway, that is the most probable explaination..... since he mentioned the luminesence.I wish I had seen it. I used to love sailing nights off the coast when the luminescence was present, which was often.
This didn't explain three balls of light or the lights appearance continued the same as the ship passed by. But who knows.