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Re: 1733 - The First Known Sighting? - Haith

From: Dave Haith <visions@ntlworld.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2003 15:04:41 -0000
Fwd Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2003 08:40:16 -0500
Subject: Re: 1733 - The First Known Sighting? - Haith

>From: John Rimmer <jrimmer@magonia.demon.co.uk>
>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates@virtuallystrange.net>
>Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2003 07:28:39 +0000
>Subject: Re: 1733 - The First Known Sighting?

>>From: Ray Stanford <dinotracker@earthlink.net>
>>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates@virtuallystrange.net>
>>Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2003 15:51:45 -0500
>>Subject: Re: 1733 - The First Known Sighting?

>>>From: Eustaquio Andrea Patounas <socex@terra.com.br>
>>>To: UFO UpDates -Toronto <ufoupdates@virtuallystrange.net>
>>>Date: Mon, 08 Dec 2003 12:52:22 -0200
>>>Subject: 1733 - The First Known Sighting?

>>>Source: The Scotsman, UK


>>>On This Day - December 8


>>>1733: A Dorset man reported seeing a polished silver disc in the
>>>sky the first known sighting of an Unidentified Flying Object,
>>>or UFO.

>>As any pelican whose ancestor was flying the Dorset sky on
>>December 8, 1733, can tell you by often-repeated oral tradition,
>>there was nothing extraordinary in the sky on that day. The
>>dorset man had simply been watching too many TV shows featuring
>>UFO reports and reading too many books by those wealthy pro-UFO

>Is there any chance that we might be able to find the original
>source of this story, rather than commenting on a one-line
>newspaper summary?

I found this in this List's Archive:


Fleet is actually in Hampshire but for all I know it could have
been in Dorset in those days.

I note the quotes cited below don't mention a shape - I wonder
who first decided it was a disc?

Dave Haith


From: Masinaigan <Masinaigan@aol.com>
Date: Sun, 30 Nov 1997 11:23:01 EST
Fwd Date: Sun, 30 Nov 1997 13:57:52 -0500
Subject: UFO ROUNDUP, Volume 2, Number 46


On December 8, 1733, James Cracker of Fleet, a small town in
Dorset, England, saw a silvery disc fly overhead in broad
daylight. Here is his eyewitness account:

"Something in the sky which appeared in the north but vanished
from my sight, as it was intercepted by trees, from my vision. I
was standing in a valley. The weather was warm, the sun shone
brightly. On a sudden it re-appeared, darting in and out of my
sight with an amazing coruscation. The colour of this phenomenon
was like burnished, or new-washed silver. It shot with speed
like a star falling in the night. But it had a body much larger
and a train longer than any shooting star I have seen."

"Next day Mr. Edgecombe informed me that he and another
gentleman had seen this strange phenomenon at the same time as I
had. It was about 15 miles from where I saw it, and steering a
course from east to north." (See MYSTERIES OF THE UNEXPLAINED,
Reader's Digest Association, February 1985, page 210.)