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Kootenay Lake Monster Boat Motor Interference

From: Terry W. Colvin <fortean1.nul>
Date: Tue, 4 Dec 2012 15:06:04 +0700 (GMT+07:00)
Archived: Tue, 04 Dec 2012 20:01:00 -0500
Subject: Kootenay Lake Monster Boat Motor Interference

[forteana] Kootenay Lake Monster
Date: Dec 4, 2012 2:35 PM

[Vehicle engine interference is a commonly reported attribute of
UFOs, but the case below is the first instance I've come across
of a boat's motor being similarly affected in the presence of a
lake monster. As I recall, there's an account or two in the
Bords' *Bigfoot Casebook* of cars that failed to start when
Bigfoot was lurking in the vicinity -- and that's the little I
know about cryptids shutting down engines and motors. Ghosts
have been known to stop cars, and witches traditionally have the
power to stop wagons, and sometimes a countercharm -- such as
the one used by one of the boat passengers -- is effective in
getting the horses moving again. -- bc]

John Kirk, In The Domain Of The Lake Monsters (Toronto: Key Porter
Books, 1998), p. 188.

Only one interview has ever been obtained from a living witness
of a Kootenay Lake monster and it was due to the diligent
detective work of the late Jim Clark who managed to track down
Naomi Miller, a resident of the small lakeside community of Wasa
in 1937. Miller's story is a fascinating one and here is her own
account of what took place:

"Our family always used a boat to go to Kaslo from our home at
Shutty Beach, four miles north on the shore of Kootenay Lake.
Many of our neighbours were forced, in those depression years,
to walk to town to do their errands and to walk home again. The
Williams family, who lived less than half-a-mile from us, were
among those who had no boat, no horse and no car. One day Mr.
Williams came to our door, explaining that he had an urgent
errand in Kaslo. Could he please have a ride to town? My father
willingly let him use one of our boats with a small outboard
motor. It was also agreed that my brother and I (aged six and
ten) would accompany him to do a few errands.

Errands accomplished, we enjoyed a sunny July day and a crystal
clear lake as the motor purred driving us homeward. We rounded
the "Big Point" and were barely out of sight of Kaslo when the
motor coughed and stopped. Moments later we were aware of a
ripple just ahead of the boat. A black head reared followed by
at least one hump above the water some eight feet behind us.
This weird creature swam between our boat and the shore to a
position behind us. We sat hypnotized until the "Ogopogo" dived
with a gurgling sound into the calm water. Mr. Williams made the
sign of the cross [...], twice, to protect himself from evil. He
then pulled the starting cord and the outboard motor responded
as if nothing had happened. We do not know what we saw, but
agree that it was longer than our 16 foot boat, and three of us
in it that July day in 1937."

Terry W. Colvin
Ladphrao (Bangkok), Thailand
Pran Buri (Hua Hin), Thailand
[Terry's Fortean & "Work" itty-bitty site]

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