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From the Files of the RJ's Surrealist Research Bureau

The Pilgrims, Plymouth Rock and UFOs


On this Thanksgiving issue of The River Journal I thought I’d recount for you both one of the earliest recorded UFO accounts in American history and its link with a more recent close encounter sighting.

The incident was first recorded in a book written by John Winthrop, the first governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony Pilgrims who landed at Plymouth Rock in 1620. As recorded by Winthrop in 1638 James Everell (“a sober, discrete citizen”) and two other men were rowing down the Muddy River one night towards Boston, about 50 miles downstream, when they saw a bright light about three yards around with four legs or protrusions hanging beneath it, apparently dancing or swaying in the air above them for three to four hours as they rowed. (This was 150 years before the first balloon flight.) The object then flew off into the distance (“as straight and swift as an arrow”) and the men were surprised to find their boat was back where they had started from. Winthrop goes on to state that “diverse other citizens reported seeing the same strange light that night.” Fuller, more lengthy accounts can be found online by simply googling Gov. Winthrop + UFO or by reading Winthop’s History of New England 1630-1639.

Governor Winthrop appears to have been puzzled by the occurrence, devoting no less than two separate notes about it in the index to his History. The first merely gives a lengthy rendering of the sobriety and piety of the primary witness James Everell (“a good man of reputation, activity and good estate”) and another detailed note speculating whether the sighting was due to “demonic influences” or was ghost lights or will o’ the wisps (an early version of swamp gas).

Now flash forward nearly 400 years and we find another eerily similar occurrence in New England in 1976, again a multiple-witness sighting. Four men were fishing in their boat late at night in the Allagash River and saw a bright light dancing above their boat. They grew fearful and as the light approached them they hurriedly paddled back towards their campsite, only to find four hours had disappeared from their lives.

UFO researcher Raymond Fowler’s detailed 10-volume, 702-page report on the incident, later condensed and chronicled in his book The Allagash Abductions (PB, 1993 Granite Pub.) provides a wealth of research data, including mental health evaluations on the witnesses (all four men were found “stable”) and lie detector results (all four men passed). Simply Googling Allagash abductions should cause a few sites to pop up.

CADDY UPDATE: As I mentioned in last month’s TRJ it appears the Discovery Channel’s lawsuit against The Deadliest Catch television show is settled and the network’s airing of the “lengthy, dramatic, and close-up” videos of an apparent school of Cadborosaurus will be shown after the premier of the next season of “The Deadliest Catch” to give a boost to the ratings of their new show, tentatively titled “Hillstranded” in April 2011. You can find further updates on the website www.cryptomundo.com. 

‘til next time;  All Homage to Xena!

“One gazes through the glass walls of Pellinor into the great, curious eyes of the sea beasts, and wonders who indeed is peering out, & who is peering in----?”     Jack McDevitt


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Jody Forest Jody Forest When he's not hidden behind the palatial gates of his Dover estate, Casa de Bozo, Jody is out using outdated and corny pickup lines on various gullible women.

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