Location: Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, United States
the witness: "Suddenly, one of these objects appeared
at close range on our port bow at a low elevation. It
was disc-shaped and consisted of a very bright light with
black windows running around the whole side which was
visible to us. It maintained perfect station on us for
at least fifteen minutes. I scanned the object with binoculars
attempting to see into the windows but saw nothing."
A sketch by MacFarlane of the closest observed object.
Gavin McLeod, UFO*BC, 3-6-98 (credit: Rense.com)
to original source]
Naval Officer Has Close Encounter In Hawaiian Waters
reported to Gavin McLeod
George R. MacFarlane, Commander Royal Canadian Navy -
this year, I received a letter from Commander MacFarlane
stating his interest in relating an experience he had
while serving with the Royal Canadian Navy. I sent a letter
in reply assuring him that we were most interested in
receiving his report either written or by way of interview.
I was pleased to receive his letter [and] have followed
up with telephone interviews.
ship the Iroquois was considered to be a "pocket
cruiser". She entered service on November 30, 1942
and served with distinction during the Second World War.
When war broke out in Korea, the Iroquois was refitted
for anti-submarine warfare. The Iroquois first arrived
in Korea in June of 1952, where it completed three tours
of duty before returning to Canada in December of 1954.
Four of the Iroquois ship's company were killed and ten
were wounded. These young men were to be the only Canadian
naval casualties of the conflict.
the time of the sighting, MacFarlane had the rank of Lieutenant.
George R. MacFarlane's letter follows:
is an account of a sighting of flying saucers that I saw
when travelling from Pearl Harbour, Hawaii to Guam in
the Canadian Destroyer H.M.C.S. Iroquois in May 1952.
The ship left Pearl Harbour around 1800 [6 PM] and proceeded
on a westerly course at about 14 knots. I was the Officer
of the watch on the bridge, having taken over the watch
at 2400 [midnight]. The ship was in three watches and
proceeding under normal routine conditions. There was
a thin layer of mist overhead; the stars were not visible.
The temperature was warm and there was no wind.
about 0100, I saw a single white light on the port bow
at about 30 degrees elevation at a visual estimated range
of about a mile. It moved from right to left at a rapid
rate. It had a halo around it due to the mist. I assumed
it to be a low flying aircraft. It did not appear on the
Sperry Navigational radar. The air defence radar was not
in service due to a major maintenance routine. I thought
it unusual to see a low flying aircraft which at this
time was about 100 miles from Hawaii. There were no military
aircraft listed on the operational schedule for this area.
short time later, another light appeared from the same
direction, passing at high speed. It was not picked up
on the navigational radar either, which was not surprising
as the radar detection lobe covers the surface but not
the sky. By now, the mist had dissipated and the sky was
two incidents were not similar to subsequent sightings.
They are recorded only to give a complete picture of events.
about 0200, I saw the first of many strange lights in
the sky. The vast majority were in formation, usually
quarter line, and all appeared on the port side [toward
the south]. Many were in groups of three, some in groups
of five or six. They appeared and disappeared instantly,
at the same speed a computer screen operates.
moved from time to time and the numbers changed frequently.
At one time, I counted more than thirty. I recall discussing
the possible identity of these lighted objects with the
signalman on watch with me. He thought they were very
one of these objects appeared at close range on our port
bow at a low elevation. It was disc-shaped and consisted
of a very bright light with black windows running around
the whole side which was visible to us. It maintained
perfect station on us for at least fifteen minutes. I
scanned the object with binoculars attempting to see into
the windows, but saw nothing. I counted the windows and
recall there were about two dozen. They were very large
and close together and completely black. Although the
body of the object glowed very brightly, it did not prevent
me from looking directly at it. The object appeared more
oval in shape than round.
then suddenly, it was gone. There was no sound made at
any time. There were still some objects visible far off
on the port side. They also had disappeared by 0300.
was at this time that I realised that I hadn't informed
the captain nor anyone else. I did not debrief any of
the watch who were at other stations. It was conduct so
unlike my usual practice that I was left quite disturbed.
must also be remembered that in 1952, there were a multitude
of sightings of flying saucers; so many, in fact, that
many doubted the truth of such sightings. A young naval
officer certainly didn't want to be included with that
problem then was what to enter in the ship's log! I decided
to state that many meteorites had been sighted during
the watch. At 0400, I turned the watch over to Lieutenant
Doug Tutte without mentioning the flying objects. He did
not read the ship's log until he wrote up the record of
his watch at 0800.
met at breakfast. He said that I hadn't mentioned seeing
meteorites on the turnover and wanted to know what they
looked like. Eventually, he described a similar experience
and we discussed the subject at length. He also had failed
to call the captain, and for similar reasons, he also
reported sighting many meteorites during the watch in
Tutte was a very reliable and professional officer; and
yet he couldn't explain why he also did not call the captain.
After some considerable discussion, we concluded that
there was a possibility that we were under some sort of
hypnotic control from the objects. We didn't want to be
the subject of ridicule and, fearing the reaction of the
captain, we agreed to say no more about the night's activities.
was very weird.
of these lights had been reported by the lookouts whom,
when challenged, all replied that their sector was clear
except for those "funny lights". They had not
reported them because they were neither ships nor aircraft.
These groups [of lights] were visible as far as the horizon
on the port side. We were on our way to fight a war in
have forgotten the names of the signalman and lookouts
on that strange night and I believe that Doug Tutte is
now dead, so there is no proof that I have of the events
that I described. The ship's log will be in the National
Archives, which will confirm the dates of the Meteorite
have I written this account at this late date? A feeling
of guilt or a sense of duty? Probably because I think
it is important that it be recorded, and that I am now
old enough not to worry about being ridiculed.
I have never seen any flying objects since. It must be
noted that they acted in a non threatening manner. I presume
that they were just inquisitive."
R. MacFarlane, Commander, Royal Canadian Navy, Retired.