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My name is *edited* and I was born in Kirkenes, Norway on June 04, 1946. I have resided in Canada since 1972 and am a Canadian citizen. The following is an account of a UFO sighting I witnessed together with 14 other individuals above the seaport of Hammerfest in the County of Finnmark while employed as a deckhand on the freighter, S/S Tore Hund. Although more trivial details of that day have faded with time, the experience itself remains a very clear and crisp memory although some details, such as day of the week and exact month and year, are estimated using reasoning and deductions as outlined in my account.
I believe the year to be late winter/early spring of 1961/1962. I base this estimate on preceding events in my life in the merchant Navy as well as subsequent ones. The day of the week has long since been lost to time. The day was partly overcast with a hint of sun on some distant mountains leaving the surroundings in a pale winter light. The ground and mountains were covered in snow and the temperature cold enough to require winter work-clothing. I distinctly remember the time to be 1430 Hours and that the officer of the deck had instructed us to be ready for departure at 1500 Hours.
For those familiar with conditions so far north, the time of day in this context lends itself quite precisely to my memory in that the sun had begun to cast only some rays on the upper mountain tops for perhaps an hour or two before darkness sets in after a very short day as it relates to light and darkness. Mid winter days at these latitudes are nearly pitch dark, interrupted by a couple of hours a day when light conditions can at best be described as a darkish twilight with no hint of sunlight. Thus, considering the light conditions, rays cast by a still invisible sun and the far north location places the incident most likely in the month of March.
I was operating an on-board crane while a ship mate acted as my signal man at the open cargo hold. There were no other ship personnel on deck at the time. I had hoisted the last pallet of cargo clear of the ship's deck and swung it over the dock where there were 14 longshoremen working. As I began to lower the pallet of cargo onto the dock I noticed that the longshoremen had stopped working or paying attention to my load. They were all looking skyward to the north east while a couple of them were pointing. Getting the attention of a couple of the workers I was able to lower my load onto the dock and, after being unhooked, swung the crane to its on board position. When my on-deck shipmate and I had retrieved the crane we turned our attention to the area of the sky where the shore crew were looking and pointing.
We both observed an object in the sky in the shape of an arch-typical “flying saucer” or UFO. Its dome, however, was quite pronounced by its roundness and height above the disk portion. While observing this there was quite a bit of bewildered conversation taking place among the shore crew as to what we were all seeing. I recall shouting to the longshoreman closest to the ship's railing asking him what it was. I'll never forget his somewhat bewildered grin while he answered me in Norwegian: “flygende talerken” - literally “flying dinner plate” in English (which was the Norwegian name for “flying saucers” at the time). At this point my shipmate and I made our way to the bridge where we retrieved high-quality naval binoculars from the wheelhouse and started watching the object while standing outside on the port bridge wing.
To my surprise I was able to now see “windows” around the object which had not been visible to the naked eye when we first started observing the object. The “windows” were not sharply outlined but clearly noticeable through the binoculars.. This seemed to indicate that I was observing an object of immense proportions while also being a long distance away. Our observations were interrupted by orders to make the ship ready to go back to sea, a process that would have taken less than an hour. As soon as we were sea-ready I was called to the bridge for helm duty. The officer on the bridge was our first mate who by now was also aware of the object which remained in the same position as when we first observed it. We were joined by the same ship mate who had first seen the object together with myself. Both he and the officer kept watching the object with binoculars while I was at the wheel and unable to see the object from my position.
My ship mate traded me off at the wheel at intervals so that I also could have turns at viewing the object while using binoculars. As we sailed out into open waters, the ship was navigated in a way that put the object on our port side and increasingly towards the rear of the ship. Although I cannot put a window of precise time on our observations, it nevertheless seemed to go on for quite some time with our course placing the object further and further behind us rather than directly off our port side as was the case when it was first observed. As darkness set in, and the object being directly behind us, my ship mate stepped onto the wing once in a while to have a look. After some time, and the next time he stepped onto the wing, the object had disappeared.
Its dome, however, was quite pronounced by its roundness and height above the disk portion.
This seemed to indicate that I was observing an object of immense proportions while also being a long distance away.
Originally posted by Mclaneinc
Nice story but to me it reads just like that, a story..
There's details that have no place added to flesh out the tale, when I got to the 'He took out a pen that he always seemd to have in his top pocket' and I concluded rightly or wrongly that I was reading a mini story.
Sorry to the OP if that's not the case..
Originally posted by ImaFungi
Imo it was a military craft. Havent you UFOlogists heard of the major experimentations with aerial vehicles in this time period, and wouldnt you assume that experimentation and advancement would not immediately stop?
Also while im sure an alien craft could very well have windows, I would think that if aliens have the ability to travel from another solar system to earth in a very small craft, they would have the technology to not need windows.