Shag Harbour recently had their annual UFO Festival. It’s been 43 years since several people witnessed what they originally thought was a plane or some sort of air craft crash into the harbour.
The incident is one of the most well documented cases of an Unidentified Flying Object sightings in the world.
The idea of flying saucers and aliens is a modern type of phenomena. As technology has progressed, humankind has become more intrigued with space travel and with space in general. Our imaginations run wild when we see things in the sky we can’t quite place.
But what if someone saw something years before the idea of spaceships. How would they describe it? Well here is an entry from Simeon Perkins Diary describing one such sighting:
October 12, 1796: “A strange Story is going that Fleet of Ships have been Seen in the Air in Some part of the Bay of Fundy. Mr. Darrow is lately from there by Land. I enquired of him. He Says they were Said to be Seen in the New Minas, at one Mr. Ratchford's, by a Girl, about Sunrise, & that the Girl being frightened, Called out, & two men that were in the House went out and Saw the Same Sight, being 15 Ships and a Man forwards of them with his hand Stretched out.
The Ships made to the Eastward. They were So Near that the people Saw their Sides and ports. The Story did not obtain universal Credit, but Some people believed it. My Own Opinion is that it was only in Imagination, as the Cloud at Sunrise might Make Some Such appearance, which being Improved by Imagination, might be all they Saw. Exceedingly pleasant day & Evening.”
Perkins didn’t give the story much credit but I have always found it interesting that Perkins’ diary contains one of the first written accounts of UFO sightings in North America.
It makes me wonder what our ancestors over the last few thousands years have seen and how they would have explained things. What would they have thought of phenomena like meteor showers prior to telescopes? How would they have described a comet?
In response to some messages I have gotten as of late, I’d like to say something before diving into my next topic.
I am not a historian. I took some history in university and worked in museums for over eight years. I enjoy history thoroughly. My column is not meant to be an in depth look at any topic in particularly. It is a just a “peek” at some interesting topics. What I choose to write on varies on what I’ve been reading or interested in lately. I write this for my enjoyment and for the enjoyment of others.