On the night of October 4, 1967, shortly after 11:00 PM, a UFO some 60 feet in diameter was seen to hover over
the water near the tiny fishing village of Shag Harbour, Nova Scotia.
The UFO, which displayed four bright lights that flashed in sequence,
tilted to a 45-degree angle and descended rapidly towards the water's
surface. Upon impact, there was a bright flash and an explosive roar.
Concerned witnesses began calling the nearby Barrington Passage RCMP
detachment. None of those witnesses mentioned anything about a UFO. Most
believed that a large aircraft had ditched into the harbour and that
there might be survivors.
Eventually, three RCMP officers arrived at the shore near the impact
site. Corporal V. Werbicki and Constable Ron O'Brien, dispatched from
the Barrington Passage Detachment, were approaching from east of the
site. Constable Ron Pond, who was on highway patrol on Highway #3, was
heading towards Shag Harbour from a position west of the impact site,
and his position allowed him to view the UFO while it was still in
flight. The unusual lighting configuration and flight characteristics
tipped Cst. Pond off to the unusual nature of the object long before he
heard from Cpl. Werbicki, who received his information through the
initial complaints to the detachment.
When all three officers met at the impact site they found that the
was still floating on the water about a half-mile from shore. It was
glowing a pale yellow and was leaving a trail of dense yellow foam as it
drifted in the ebb tide. Neither the Rescue Co-ordination Centre in
Halifax nor the nearby NORAD radar facility at Baccaro, Nova Scotia, had
any knowledge of missing aircraft, either civilian or military. Cst.
Pond reported that the object had "changed" during its descent
to the water's surface, i.e., it changed shape, and that it appeared to
be "no known object." Later, other local witnesses described
much the same details as those of Cst. Pond. Also, a coast guard
lifeboat from nearby Clark's Harbour and several local fishing boats
were summoned to investigate, but the UFO had submerged before they
reached the site. The sulfurous-smelling yellow foam continued to well
to the surface from the point where the UFO went down, and a 120 by 300
foot slick developed. Search efforts continued until 3:00 AM and then
resumed at first light the next day. Everybody involved was convinced
that "something" -- that is, something real and unidentified
-- had gone into the water.
The next morning a preliminary
report was sent to Canadian Forces
Headquarters in Ottawa. After communicating with NORAD, Maritime Command
was asked to conduct an underwater search ASAP for the object
responsible for the concern in Shag Harbour. Seven navy divers from the
HMCS Granby searched throughout the daylight hours until sundown of 08
October 1967. On Monday, 09 October 1967, Maritime Command canceled the
search effort claiming "nil results." Outside of the local
area, media attention quickly faded.
The Shag Harbour crash/retrieval became Case #34 in the infamous Condon
Committee Report which would serve as Project Blue Book's swan song. The
case was brought to Dr. Condon's limited attention by the late Jim
Lorenzen of the Aerial Phenomena Research Organization (APRO). Dr.
investigator assigned to the case, allocated the grand total
of two long distance phone calls to this investigation. One call was to
the Watch Officer at Maritime Command and the other was to an RCMP
spokesperson. Dr. Levine was assured that there was nothing to the case
and that further investigation was futile. Thus, interest in the Shag
Harbour case withered away... until 1993.
Many people would be skeptical if something happened like this today. Although
people of all ages have knowledge of what a UFO may look like, an
online MBA student would think
they were crazy for believing they saw one. If a person reported a UFO
sighting to the
police today, a police officer with an
online masters in criminal
justice may brush off the issue before sending out a search crew.