Genuine UFO Report Received by Australia’s Department of Navy in 1964 from the Loellen-M
Australia’s Navy had cataloged an extraordinary UFO observation report. The initial report was received by the Northern Territory Port Authority who then forwarded the information to Captain Gledhill, N.O.I.C., Department of Navy, Darwin.
The report originated from V.B. Perkins & Co., who initially received the details from the Master of the vessel, Loellen-M.
Transcript of Loellen-M UFO Report
6th February 1964
DEPARTMENT OF NAVY,
D A R W I N.
Dear Sir, Report on Magnetic Disturbance & Local Compass Activity
Attached is a report received at this office from V.B. Perkins & Co., Darwin, who operate the landing barge “Loellen-M” as a cargo carrier. The report originated from the Master of the vessel, operating in the vicinity of the De Groote Islands, and we are forwarding it on to you instead of direct to the Hydrographic office owing to other interesting phenomenan in the report.
REPORT ON STRANGE PHBNOMDNA SBBN AT SBA ON THURSDAY 23rd JANUARY 1964, BBTWBBN 0140 HRS & 0245 HRS BBTWEBN CAPE GRBY AND N.B. POINT OF GROOTE BYLANDT, BY J. JOHNSON, F.J. WOOLBR, AA. SCOTT, HBNRY BAK AND J.R.DAVIES.
J. Johnson was on wheel house watch, C. Wooler was on engine room watch. At 2100 hrs J.Davies reported when changing watch that he found difficulty in steering a straight course by the compass. A.Scott took the wheel and found the compass was unsteady, however, he passed it ott as he being overtired and steered by the stars. At 2400 hrs, J.Johnson relieved A.Scott. At approx. 0045 hrs the compass swung 90° off course. At the time J.Johnson was steering by a star. The compass swing became greater. At approx. 0140 hrs. J. Johnson sighted a light extending right across the bow on the horizon. He handed the wheel over to C.Wooler and went to Monkey Island to have a better look. He came down to the wheel house and told C. Wooler to have a look, C.Wooler turned out the compass light and saw a glow on the horizon. Both J.Johnson and C.Wooler could see under and over the light patch. C.Wooler turned on the compass light and found the vessel approx 60° off course. The compass went “Haywire”. As soon as he had corrected the vessel as best he could, he switched off the compass light and found the un-natural light was about 6′ on the Starboard side. The light was in the water. It was described as a ghostly white light, in the centre was a shadow which rotated in a clockwise direction causing the light to pulsate. The light appeared to draw away to the stern. It is estimated that it was miles across and a few hundred yards through. J. Johnson saw another light patch coming. He immediately woke A.Scott. The light was coming straight at the barge at a considerable speed. Henry Bak was woken up. J.Johnson was steering by compass. As the light, which was pulsating, came close, the barge swung away to Starboard through 90°. J.Davies was then woken up. The light in the water passed about 100 yds to port. As the barge began to return to course, another light was seen coming at the barge at an angle of about 45° with the Bow. It came to within inches of the starboard side and appeared to rebound at 45° with the stern and moved away. It disappeared in a few seconds. The second light appeared to be about 400 yds long by 100 yds wide, and the third light slightly smaller. Three more patches appeared on our starboard side and passed in a few seconds. These patches were quite small. The light passed at approx. 0230 hrs. Fa~ glows were seen on the horizon until 0245 hrs. At approx 0300 the compass settled down and we had no further trouble.
All lights were the same color, with this strange rotating shadow, causing the lights to pulsate. The pulsations timed at 12 for 9 seconds, then completely irregular, then settled down to 12 for 9 seconds. The Compass swung out of control, but became worse as the light approached. All members of the crew who were ott duty were sleeping on deck. The moon had set and the sky was scattered with light clouds. A thunderstorm was over the horizon to the North East and a squall on the horizon to the South West. Course steered 205° true.
REPORT COMPILED BY MASTER J. JOHNSON & A. A.SCOTT