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Bay is a town located 125 kilometres (77.0 miles) east of
Sudbury, and approximately 345 kilometres (214.0 miles)
from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Population: 52,771
Bay, Ontario, DAILY NUGGET, 11 July 1947, page ? - Editorial
It's Flying Ring Seen Over Timmins
Timmins, July 11 - (CP) - Not to be outdone by the flights
of fancy of flying saucer observers all over the world,
a Timmins resident reported today he and his wife witnessed
a strange cosmic phenomenon last night.
saw a ring in the sky, in the northern section at first,"
the resident said. "It was very clear and looked like
a large smoke ring. It stayed together and appeared to be
moving very fast. We could see it for a little more than
five minutes. It held its circular shape until it disappeared."
Bay, Ontario, DAILY NUGGET, 13 December 1947, page 24
PLAINLY SEEN IN SKY OVER NORTH BAY
Was it a bird? Was it a plane? Was it Supermouse, or his
more famous partner in crime suppression, Superman?
Perhaps a more plausible explanation of the long, white
jagged streak that hurtled through the southwest sky about
5:05 p.m. yesterday is that it was a meteorite, or maybe
the tail of a strange new comet recently reported by astronomers.
Anyhow, it had North Bay people plenty excited.
Telephones in The Nugget's editorial department, jangled
for half an hour after the incident as observant North Bayites
called to report the "comet" or ask that a photographer
rush right outside and click his shutter.
The best description came from Mrs. F. R. Paterson, who
telephoned while the "thing" was still in action.
Mrs. Paterson lives 497 Worthington street east and she
had a clear view of the fireworks, as they travelled in
a southeasterly direction over Lake Nipissing.
was like a long, white, jagged streak, and first it came
down just like a sky rocket," she said. "Then
it burst and fanned out in a zig-zag pattern of long feathery
marks." She said that these "feathery marks"
were visible for three or four moments after the burst.
A clear view of the meteorite was also reported by Sam Dominico,
who saw it over the CPR shops.
Bay, Ontario, DAILY NUGGET, 6 March 1948, page 24
"Thing" Over North Bay
An indescribable "thing" of a yellow orange color,
oblong in shape, flew in circles over North Bay early this
morning, Sam Veraldi, 380 Main street east, told The Nugget
Mr. Veraldi said the "thing" - which flew in a
circle and so low that it seemed to be just clearing the
rooftops of houses in the vicinity - was first observed
by his wife, who summoned him to the window. He and his
wife watched the "thing" fly past in a swift circle
for a long time, Mr. Veraldi said. They first observed it
at 5 o'clock this morning.
From where he stood at the window, the "thing"
seemed to be flat and oblong, about two feet in length and
zooming about overhead "like a merry-go-round."
He said it swung in circles from the northeast and went
by repeatedly, making no sound. There seemed to be "holes"
in the front portion of the "thing," said Mr.
Bay, Ontario, DAILY NUGGET, 30 March 1950, page 1
"FLYING SAUCERS" SEEN AT FT. WILLIAM
FORT WILLIAM, March 30 - (CP) - Airport employees said Wednesday
they watched five "unusual" objects streaking
through the sky like "brilliant white balls of fire"
at about 1:45 p.m.
They thought the first object was a bird.
a bird couldn't possibly fly that fast," said flying-club
manager Norman Evans. "There were no wings visible,
and they were white - brilliant white. A bird will seem
dark against the sky."
Engineer Frank Kearney said he saw one object "like
a brilliant white star in the daytime." He said it
streaked over the airport high in the sky.
He said it travelled over to Lake Superior, then was joined
from nowhere by four more. Then all five came back and circled,
after which they set off for the northeast.
Trans-Canada air lines officials witnessed the phenomenon.
Said one: "I never saw anything like it before. I won't
say it was a flying saucer, but it sure was unusual. Its
speed must have been terrific."
Several residents in different sections of the city last
night reported seeing a luminous object with a long, flame-like
The witnesses said it was visible for a matter of seconds,
and that it was trailing a bluish streak. One said the streak
looked like smoke or vapor.
Bay, Ontario, DAILY NUGGET, 17 April 1950, page 2
Man Sees "Flying Saucer"
Sudbury, April 17 - Those saucers are back again!
Arthur Penny was strolling down Landsdowne street here about
3 o'clock Saturday afternoon when he saw what he described
as a "flying saucer" heading west at a rapid rate.
looked like two pie-plates one on top of the other,"
Penny said, in describing the sight. "It was smooth
and about the size of a small washtub."
The whirling object was only at medium height, according
to Penny, who stated he had seen airplanes flying much higher.
It had a smooth surface, he said.
Saturday's incident was the first unusual phenomenon in
the sky to come to light in the Sudbury district since March
21, when a woman at Whitefish Falls, 60 miles west of here,
reported seeing a "round, silvery object" in the
Bay, Ontario, DAILY NUGGET, 18 April 1950, page 19
Reports "Saucer" Raid
Timmins, April 18 - (CP) - Newspaper telephones buzzed Monday
night as residents reported the third "raid" of
flying saucers on the northern Ontario community since April
Described as "the size of a house" and flying
at about 700 feet, four Timmins residents reported the phenomena
within an hour after it was seen at 9 p.m.
One of the witnesses said that the "saucer" first
appeared on the sky alone, then darted away to return with
another similar object. Both appeared as blobs of light
against the clouds. The "raid" lasted about 15
April 7, scores of Timmins residents reported seeing a "ball
of flame" which they thought was a saucer. About a
week before that, four lumber workers saw what they said
was a saucer flying in broad daylight north of the town.
Bay, Ontario, DAILY NUGGET, 15 April 1952, pages 1 & 2
2 Sighted at RCAF Station
Two distinct sightings of "flying saucers" over
the vicinity of North Bay have been reported to RCAF authorities
by air force personnel at the North Bay station.
Air force officials told The Daily Nugget today that they
have no reason to doubt the validity of the reports, since
the men concerned are all veteran personnel familiar with
The reports will be turned over to the RCAF intelligence.
are not even going to try to account for them (the two incidents),"
an officer said. He said there were no aircraft known to
be in the air at the time the flying saucers were seen.
One was seen last Saturday night; the other the night of
The incident of Saturday night was reported by Warrant Officer
First Class E. H. Rossell, an aircraft maintenance superintendent
of 13 years RCAF service, and a visiting flight sergeant
WOI Rossell and Flt. Sgt. Reg. McRae said that they were
driving towards North Bay from Rossell's home in the married
quarters of the station when they spotted a "bright
amber disk" in the sky over the air field. Time was
about 8:30 p.m.
They said that the disk came from the southwest, moved across
the air field, STOPPED AND THEN TOOK OFF IN THE REVERSE
DIRECTION (THAT IS, THE DIRECTION FROM WHICH IT HAD COME).
The object climbed at an angle of 30 degrees, at "terrific
speed" and disappeared from sight.
A more complete report has been provided in the case of
the first "flying saucer." It was seen on the
night of January 1 by Warrant Officer W. J. Yeo, a master
telecommunication superintendent with 16 years service,
and Sgt. D. V. Crandell, an instrument technician. The report
they submitted to authorities follows:
22:54 hours, (10:54 p.m.) 1st Jan. 1952, while making ice
at the rink in the married quarters area (at the North Bay
station), a flying saucer was sighted by WO Yeo and Sgt.
Crandell. Direction: Appeared in the northwest and proceeded
to the southeast where it disappeared. The direction altered
slightly at times, zigzagging and climbing and diving."
saucer appeared to be at great height probably outside the
earth's hemisphere. The saucer appeared to be moving at
supersonic (greater than the speed of sound) speed. Elapsed
time between the sighting of the disk and its disappearance
was eight minutes and 43 seconds. At times, it seemed to
slow down and dart away again."
color it was a reddish-orange, similar to a rocket burning,
as compared to the blue-white of the stars. During this
time, and for several minutes after (it disappeared) all
flooding activity ceased to check for sound. There was no
weather was clear and cold - 10 degrees above zero, Fahrenheit
- and there was a cloud bank to the south where sight of
the object was lost."
Those are the reports. For the first time in several years,
they bring to the fore as far as North Bay is concerned,
the "flying saucer mystery."
Interest in the saucers reached a new high with the release
a few days ago of an article in Life magazine, listing 10
authenticated accounts of strange objects seen in the sky,
most of them over the southern United States. Life's conclusion
is that the saucers are not figments of the imagination,
and that they are definitely NOT MAN-MADE OBJECTS.
Bay, Ontario, DAILY NUGGET, 16 April 1952, page 1
- Warrant Officer First Class W. J. Yeo (above), a master
telecommunications superintendent at RCAF Station North
Bay, is one of four air force personnel who recently reported
seeing "flying saucers" over the big station.
WO Yeo and Sgt. D. V. Crandell said they saw a reddish-orange
disc moving across the sky at terrific speed. "At times
it seemed to slow down and dart away again," WO Yeo
said. The disc was kept in view for a timed eight minutes
and 43 seconds when it disappeared. "It looked like
a blow torch in the sky," WO Yeo added. "And it
definitely wasn't a meteor, a balloon or an ordinary aircraft."
The reports have been sent to RCAF Intelligence.
Bay, Ontario, DAILY NUGGET, 17 April 1952, page 1
"Saucer" Over Sunset Park
An object resembling the recently publicized flying saucers
was reported today to have been seen over Sunset Park by
A noiseless round object travelling "quite high and
fast" was reported by Miss Bernice Byers to have passed
over the district at 11 a.m. today.
Miss Byers said that at first she thought the white object
was a jet plane, but the absence of noise prompted her to
look more closely.
The object passed over the district from west to east leaving
a vapor trail, she said.
Bay, Ontario, DAILY NUGGET, 24 April 1952, page 2
Folks See Vapor Trails From Jet Planes
NEW LISKEARD - Many and varied are the conjectures as to
just what the object was that was seen in the sky here on
Monday around noon, by several persons.
Mrs. Sandy McLean was walking north on Armstrong close to
the bridge when she noticed a trail of vapor streaking southward
across the sky.
At the tip of the streak was a tiny glittering object, about
the size of an electric tea-kettle, but the bright sun prevented
any decision regarding its shape.
Mrs. McLean called Chris Douglas from his store at the bridgehead
and he also saw the vapor trail as it disappeared in the
direction of North Bay.
Another witness of the event was Mrs. J. W. McKinley who
heard the first two talking about the vapor and came out
of her apartment to see what was going on. She says she
saw quite distinctly a large silver disc with a long snake-like
trail of smoky vapor behind it.
Bay, Ontario, DAILY NUGGET, 10 November 1953, pages 1 &
Are Really "Flying Saucers" Over North Bay
By Ben Ward
There are "flying saucer" in the skies over North
They have been seen with amazing regularly.
It is virtually certain the objects are ships of a revolutionary
design flown here from outer space, possibly another planet
of the solar system.
Those three statements, indicated by a frightening bulk
of evidence, defy denial, this newspaper believes. Since
the winter of 1951-52, there have been 16 sightings of strange
objects flying over this immediate district reported to
The Daily Nugget.
Now a newly-published book, "Flying Saucers From Outer
Space," has confirmed the fact that saucer sightings
in North Bay are upheld as genuine by the RCAF intelligence,
the Canadian defence department and the U.S. Air Force flying
saucer investigation branch.
About half of the flying saucer sightings reported to this
newspaper have been published in news stories. The others
were withheld because the persons making the reports did
so in confidence and asked that no publicity ensue.
One reliable North Bay citizen only three weeks ago gave
a Nugget editor details of a dozen night sightings of a
"funny orange globe" which came out of the northeastern
skies, wandered back and forth along the horizon and then
vanished with incredible speed.
More recently, two Sturgeon Falls residents chased a low-flying
glowing disc along Highway 17, a few miles west of the city.
All the sightings have been backed by convincing detail.
In the fall of 1951, three people reported a day-time sighting
over Lake Nipissing. Each saw it from a different shore
and did not know of the other reports. Yet their report
on the time of the sighting, the appearance of the "silver,
round-shaped star" and the strange manoeuvres it made
checked and double-checked. It couldn't be hallucination.
But the most authoritative accounts on the record are still
those made on New Year's Day of 1952 by personnel at RCAF
Station North Bay.
It is these that are most widely quoted in the recent book
published by U.S. Major Donald E. Keyhoe and supported by
U.S. and Canadian air force authorities.
Major Keyhoe writes it was the saucer sightings by airmen
at North Bay which first convinced the Canadian government
that flying saucers were not a hoax.
Here is how he tells it:
the night of Jan. 1, 1952, an orange-red disc appeared over
North Bay where the RCAF has a new jet base. For eight minutes,
flying at a high altitude, the machine circled, dived and
zig-zagged over the field. From its estimated height in
the stratosphere, the saucer was one of the largest ever
sighted. Its movements were made at supersonic speed."
the report was first published, RCAF intelligence refused
to comment. Then a second saucer was reported, again over
North Bay. Approaching from the southwest, it stopped directly
over the air base. After hovering for a moment, it swiftly
reversed direction. Climbing at an angle of 30 degrees,
it disappeared at tremendous speed."
Qualified airmen with experience in judging height, speed
and sizes of flying objects made the sightings and filed
complete intelligence reports to Ottawa.
As a result, a high-level conference was held in Ottawa
and the RCAF, with the National Defence Research Board,
began a serious investigation. The project went on the "top
Since that time, The Daily Nugget has reason to believe
other incidents have occurred here which have attracted
attention of the air force. RCAF officials at the North
Bay base will make no comment. The downtown RCAF filter
centre which receives reports from a wide network of civilian
observers is also silent on the saucer question.
Major Keyhoe's book cites hundreds of sightings in the U.S.
but the main Canadian reports have been those from North
Bay. This district seems to be the centre of saucer activities
Why? That's a mystery at which almost anyone can guess.
Keyhoe sums up his findings with a statement that flying
saucers are almost certainly not of this world. All evidence
points to the fact that they are guided, controlled and
occupied by being of high intelligence. They perform at
speeds as yet unattempted by science and their silent method
of propulsion is something unknown to man.
The writer winds up his summary on a frightening note. He
firmly believes that earth is under study by beings from another
world and the climax will come when the invaders from Mars,
Venus or whatever their home planet finally land on this earth.
Bay, Ontario, DAILY NUGGET, 31 August 1954, pages 1 &
"Great Glowing Ball of Light"
New "Flying Saucer" Seen at
EDITOR'S NOTE: Did a flying saucer visit RCAF Station North
Bay Monday morning?
Nugget reporter Joan Hollobon today talked with three men
who said they saw a mysterious glowing object hovering over
the new RCAF fighter base just before dawn Monday.
One of them, Henry Durdle, who says he saw the object first
and for the longest time, gave the newspaper a detailed
account of the incident. A war veteran, he is familiar with
conventional flying devices and claims the strange machine
resembled none of them.
Here is the story as Reporter Hollobon received it from
the men. The details are graphic and, if true, strangely
disturbing. Miss Hollobon, who first treated the incident
with some skepticism, says: "It doesn't seem possible
to me that these men could have invented this. I think they
This is not the first time that mysterious unknown objects
have been reported over the four-year old air base. Three
years ago, two airmen filed a report on a "flying saucer"
over the runway and prompted a detailed investigation by
highranking RCAF officials. Results of that investigation
were never revealed.
According to our information, the Monday incident is the
fourth "flying saucer" reported at the RCAF station.
There may have been others. Since the original incidents,
RCAF personnel have not been permitted to talk about "saucers."
A Naval veteran with seven-years service at sea, now employed
as a civilian by the North Bay RCAF station, accustomed
to the sight of planes and weapons, declared today that
he had seen something "like nothing I ever saw before"
over the air base Monday morning.
The great, glowing, noiseless object hovered a few feet
above a nearby telegraph post shooting out "tremendous
sparks, like knitting needles of lightning" while he
cowered in a doorway thinking his last moment had come.
He watched it in frozen awe for "about ten minutes,"
he said, then as it did not seem intent on doing any harm,
he dashed back into the building and fetched others to see
it. As they arrived, it rose slowly with a "great glowing
ball of light" and spiralled away until it stopped
possibly a mile or more from them. There again, it hovered
"glowing like a great pulsating heart of light,"
said a second man.
Henry Durdle, a man of about 40, was born in Nova Scotia
of Canadian parents, who died when he was a small child.
He was taken to Scotland and brought up by relatives. For
many years, he lived at Inverness. He still has one aunt
in North Sydney, N.S.
He served with the Royal Navy for four years and was rescued
when HMS Hood was sunk by the German battleship Bismarck,
May 24, 1941. Wounded and hospitalized for 15 months, Mr.
Durdle was invalided out of the navy, but that did not put
a stop to his war service. He joined the Merchant Navy and
served with minesweepers out of Aberdeen.
Henry Durdle has been in Canada for about eight months and
is employed as a mess orderly at the RCAF station. He lives
in barracks on the station.
He was standing at the doorway of a station building about
5:40 Monday morning as the sky was just beginning to get
Suddenly he saw something bright coming towards him from
the northeast at a terrific rate. His first terrified reaction
was that it was a plane crashing. At the same moment, he
realized there was no noise.
The thought flashed across his mind: "He's crashing,
but he's cut his engine."
He tried to start backwards into the shelter of the doorway,
but it happened so fast that he still had his eyes on the
"crashing plane" when he realized it had stopped.
Amazed, he stopped, and again his first thought was a logical
airship," he thought, visualizing the pre-war ill-fated
British "blimp" the R-101, or something similar.
By this time, the "thing" was so close that he
could make out the outlines and he saw that it was nothing
like any "blimp" he had ever seen or heard of.
For one thing, there was a brilliant light or glow in the
centre. For another, it was an odd shape.
The top part was a circle, with a sort of rectangular box
hanging down at the bottom. The light come from a sort of
cone sticking out in the centre of the circle, with a globe
at the tip which revolved very fast and emitted the long
sparks of light. As the globe on the cone revolved, it cast
light back onto the circle and on the top of the box. The
top of the box and the top half of the circle were covered
with a sort of lattice work.
In other words, in shape it looked something like a round
plate hanging on a wall with a rectangular box attached
an inch or so up on the bottom and extending each side of
the plate. The cone was in the centre of the plate. A smaller
cone emitting was in the top latticed half of the plate.
As he watched, the whole thing slowed from the vertical
to the horizontal, as though the plate on the wall suddenly
swung up edgeways on.
Now he had a different view.
He could no longer see the inside of the circle, which as
it swung over, he noticed appeared to be concave but "with
sharp edges." He could no longer see the "latticed"
appearance of the top of the circle or the box. Instead
of the cone of light pointing towards him, it was now vertical,
and the cone appeared to revolve on its base as well as
the globe or cupola at the top. It gave out an intense glow
He could now see the box part side on and saw a vertical
slit of light "like an open door" in the side
of the box towards the attached circle.
Just inside this "door" at its right hand side,
he saw two or three things that looked "like levers
As the thing swung from the vertical to the horizontal rays
of light shot out of the perimeter of the circle and there
were also "things hanging down, like sort of links
These had not been visible when the thing was vertical,
but as it swung over to the horizontal, the "chains"
- whether actual tangible chains brilliantly reflecting
light or whether constant interlocked links of light itself,
he could not tell - could be seen hanging down shimmering.
About six, he thought.
Measurements were a problem, because he could not tell too
accurately the exact distance of the thing from him, and
his estimate might therefore be quite a bit out.
However, Mr. Durdle said he thought the thing was hovering
about six feet above a telegraph pole. He estimated the
"box" at about 15 feet from side to side and about
six feet deep. The circle, he said he thought would be about
six feet across - a circumference of roughly 18 feet - and
the cone stood about six or seven feet up from the centre
of the circle.
The "knitting needles of light" which shot out
so terrifyingly from the thing he estimated at about 17
or 18 feet long.
A quietly spoken man, Mr. Durdle had great difficulty in
describing what he had seen. Not having too fluent a command
of language, his meaning did not become completely clear
until Nugget photographer John McNeill drew a series of
Immediately, the ex-seaman corrected them. "No, no,"
he would say, "not quite like that, but more rounded
here," or "That part's bigger there," or
"I couldn't see that except when the light shone on
At first, he said, he was terrified.
thought it was coming for me. I thought it was going to
cross me off for sure," he said in his slow way.
After watching it for a while, he dashed into the building
to fetch others to see it. "Come and see this, it's
like nothing I ever seen, maybe it's a flying saucer,"
he told them, earnest and round-eyed.
They laughed at him. Only four men bothered to go and look.
Tony McLeod saw the glow through a window. Leo Blais saw
the thing from the doorway, but it was moving away.
George Noble, son of an RCAF flight sergeant, who works
at the station during his school holidays, saw it from outside,
but it was already spiralling upwards. Manley Bailey, a
civilian employee, also saw it then.
Both men stood and watched it as it moved away. When it
got maybe a mile or so away, it stopped and hovered there
over the bush. The light expanded and contracted as it stood
there. First, the glow, then about every two seconds, the
glow expanded greatly with two "pulsations" -
sssh - sssh - then down again, as Bailey described it bringing
his arched hands in and out towards each other.
Durdle said that when the thing prepared to spiral upwards,
the glowing cone greatly increased in brilliance "like
the moon when it's rising."
As it moved upwards, it glowed so brilliantly that he could
no longer discern the shape of the circle - it all appeared
to be one huge, brilliant radiance.
Bailey and Noble had the same impression of it.
Bailey said he watched it hovering on the horizon for possibly
15 minutes, then had to leave and go to his work.
Noble described it as "a great glowing ball, like a
Bailey said that one day, they were talking about flying
saucers and Durdle had never heard of them. They told him
all the flying saucer theories and tales and Durdle laughed.
He waved a hand skeptically, "Oh that's all a yarn,
them things don't exist," he said and laughed.
He wasn't laughing yesterday.
A red glow in the sky was seen again early this morning
by a resident of Victoria street, North Bay.
Wakened about 2:30 a.m. by her cat mewing on the window
sill, she got up and went to the back door to let the animal
in. As she stood on the doorstep, she said that in the southwest,
she saw a deep red glow "which quivered all the time."
It did not move about the sky, but stood in the one spot
above the horizon.
Thinking it was a fire or an engine in the CPR yards, she
watched it, she said, for about five minutes. Then she got
back into bed and sat watching it through the window for
a few minutes longer, before going to sleep.
Bay, Ontario, DAILY NUGGET, 1 September 1954, pages 1 &
Persons See "Flying Saucer" Near Timmins
TIMMINS (Special) - "Come quick, do you want to see
something funny, it might be a flying saucer," yelled
a man all in one breath at his startled friends Monday evening.
George Sheridan, deputy chief forest ranger of the Timmins
district was visiting friends at Wawaitin Falls, 14 miles
south of Timmins.
Don Ouimet, an employee at the Hydro generating station
at Wawaitin Falls, said that the three couples trooped outside
and saw a glowing ball in the sky to the west. Someone dashed
in and grabbed a pair of binoculars and they stood outside
for four or five minutes, passing them from hand to hand,
looking at the phenomenon. Mr. Sheridan had been watching
it for two or three minutes before he called the others.
Mr. Ouimet said the thing was reddish-orange and very brilliant.
It was about eight or ten miles away and low over the tree
tops. The light appeared to be fairly steady but the object
kept swooping up and down over the trees.
kept dipping up and down, it seemed to be looking around
the trees, kinda looking the country over. It was going
very slowly, that's what amazed me - always you hear reports
of anything like this and they are supposed to be travelling
very fast, this was so slow."
Mr. Ouimet was hesitant about venturing any opinion on its
was so far away," he said, "that even through
binoculars, it was hard to see clearly. It seemed to be
round or perhaps oblong, but I really wouldn't like to say.
It would be impossible to tell accurately. All I know is,
I have never seen anything like it before in my life and
never expect to again."
At dawn, Monday, a civilian employee of the North Bay RCAF
station claimed to have seen a strange object hovering over
the base and described it to the Nugget in detail.
He also described the thing as "dipping" or "swooping"
up and down and when it went away, it rose in a spiral.
Mr. Ouimet said that the object west of Wawaitin Falls did
not rise in the sky but slowly disappeared into the southwest.
There is no town at Wawaitin Falls, only a hydro generating
station, a lands and forest base and a colony of the homes
of employees. There is also an observer post of the Ground
Observer Corps there, said Mr. Ouimet, and "we have
models and descriptions of planes here." It was quite
definitely nothing like any kind of plane he had ever seen,
Bay, Ontario, DAILY NUGGET, 27 December 1954, page 1
Light Hangs in Northern Sky
Reporter Sees "Saucer" Over Cobalt Mine
By JOHN HUNT
COBALT - Last night, a flying saucer visited the Cobalt
No other explanation seems possible for the series of events
witnessed by several persons including this reporter. It
wasn't a star, a meteorite, nor an airplane. It didn't behave
in any manner recognizable, in the light of human experience.
Extra-terrestrial phenomena seems to be the only explanation.
It started at about 8:30 p.m. when this reporter was sitting
down eating a cold chicken supper. The phone rang and an
excited, almost panic-stricken voice gasped "John for
God's sake, get out here. There's a flying saucer overhead
spitting out light all over the place." Who's that,
I asked. "Willis St. Jean. I'm at the Agaunico mine."
I drove at high speed to the Agaunico, which is some three
miles north of Cobalt on the shore of Lake Temiskaming.
On arriving at the mine, I found Mr. St. Jean excited, almost
frightened. "The thing came down low and scared the
blazes out of me," he said.
He pointed up to the sky. For a minute, I could see nothing.
Then suddenly a light. It was a cold clear light moving
from the east to the west. It banked and went out. Then
it came on again and hovered motionless. There was no sound
except for the noise from the mine's compressor. I stood
in the snow covered yard of the Agaunico mine and watched
the light for more than one hour. At times, it seemed to
be quite low and at other times, it disappeared into the
heavens. Mostly, I saw it come in from the east, hover above
the mine and then go out. I got cold and went into the mine
dry. St. Jean said he had been walking from the dry to the
hoist room shortly after 8 p.m. when suddenly, the whole
area was illuminated by a light brighter than daylight.
looked up," he said, "and there was this giant
cone of light shining straight down."
St. Jean was alone at the mine while the miners were on
Christmas holidays. The light was emanating from a giant
rotating disc of pure light. The light was not just spinning
but flying in circles. The cone was suddenly reversed and
the disc sent its blinding light straight up into the sky.
Then it flew over Lake Temiskaming, lighting up the ice-covered
lake before it sped up into the sky. We stood chatting in
the dry. Then we looked out of the back door. The light
came back again from the east. It was cold and clear and
brilliant. If it had any shape at all, it was slightly wedge-shaped
but it was at immense height. It danced around for a while.
We walked back into the yard. I took my flashlight and signalled.
I flashed the light on and off then waved in a circle. The
mysterious light in the sky flew away and disappeared. Watching
it, it seemed as if we could only see the light when it
was flying towards us or hovering overhead. When it banked,
the light disappeared.
I called my wife in Cobalt on the mines phone and asked
her to go out into the garden and look for the light. I
also called OPP Constable Pat Shannon in Cobalt and asked
him to look for it. Later, they both said that they could
not see anything. St. Jean said that he could see some lights
out on the lake. We climbed a ladder resting against the
dry. St. Jean said that he saw half a dozen red-tinged lights
on the lake. I only saw one for a minute and then it disappeared.
While we were standing there, a car drove up containing
Mrs. St. Jean and some friends. Can you see that flying
saucer?, I asked. "Don't be crazy," one of them
said. Then they saw the light in the sky and fell silent.
The group included William Montgomery, 27, of west Cobalt.
His brother, Hugh Montgomery, 29, and wife Annette, 27,
both of Kitchener, Ont. They all watched the light come
and go, dance in the sky, hover and dart as no airplane
nor star nor meteor has ever behaved.
would never have believed it if I hadn't seen it,"
Mrs. Montgomery said. "And I don't suppose anyone will
ever believe us anyway," her husband added.
I left the mine at about 10:15 p.m. and drove back to Cobalt.
The light was still hovering in the sky. About an hour later,
accompanied by Lee Moore, Sudbury Insurance agent, I drove
back but was told that the light had disappeared shortly
after I left.
What it was that this reporter saw that night, I do not
know. I was stone cold sober and so were the others who
witnessed the phenomena. As far as I am concerned, a flying
saucer flew over the mine and I saw it.
Bay, Ontario, DAILY NUGGET, 12 January 1955, page 3
"SOUP PLATE" BACK OVER COBALT
NORTH COBALT (Staff) - North Cobalt's flying saucer appeared
again Tuesday evening.
Maurice Parent, 28-year-old deckman at the Agaunico mine
said the saucer streaked across the sky heading north. Parent
was outside his Maple street home when he saw the saucer.
He immediately called his wife and his next door neighbor
Gregory Ruddy and Mrs. Ruddy. They said the saucer was as
big as a soup plate and heading north at terrific speed
above Lake Temiskaming.
The brightly lit sphere suddenly disappeared above Haileybury.
This is the third time that the Parents and the Ruddys have
spotted the mysterious light that has been visiting the
Cobalt district since December 26.
Bay, Ontario, NUGGET, 29 March 1966, page 1
Bay sightings reported
By RICHARD MORGAN
Nugget Staff Reporter
Two North Bay students claimed sightings of what they took
to be an unidentified flying object Monday night.
Alan Helsler, 19, 203 Gladstone Ave., a Grade 13 science
student at Algonquin Composite School, said today he sighted
a "twinkling, red and blue light" in the south-western
sky, about 15 degrees above the horizon, shortly before
The single object was visible to the naked eye, Alan said,
and sometimes appeared to be green in color. "At times
it appeared to be red from the top and blue from the bottom,"
he said. "These were the predominant colors,"
He phoned a school friend, Gerald Chatlain, 18, also a Grade
13 student at ACS, five minutes after sighting the object.
Gerald, 2275 Algonquin Ave., watched the object which he
described as being in the same position as the original
The two youths reported that the light "faded away"
at about 11:30.
Alan said the object or light didn't move and he described
it as being in a fixed position in relation to the stars.
He was unable to form any idea of the altitude of the object,
but he and his friends intend to watch again tonight.
A NORAD spokesman at North Bay told THE NUGGET today nothing
had been seen on air force radar scopes that could be described
A department of transport official at Jack Garland Airport
said there was nothing on the control tower=s log book to
indicate that "anything unusual" was present in
the skies Monday night.
The last plane to leave the airport was an Air Canada Viscount
which flew south to Toronto shortly before 8:30 p.m.
Bay, Ontario, NUGGET, 12 April 1966, page 9
team spots, photographs UFO in North Bay sky
By LORNE GANNON
Nugget Staff Reporter
Another one was seen hovering in the sky over North Bay,
A bright light, sparkling like a diamond, hovered, then
moved fractionally in the east about 30 degrees above the
horizon between 9:45 and 10:15. The object had all the earmarks
of the strange unidentified flying objects sighted around
the world, recently.
When the light first appeared, it glowed a bright greenish-white
color, changing to the dull red, then back. Just before
each color change, the mysterious object appeared to be
four-pointed, almost like an aircraft with its wings at
right angles to the fuselage.
One bystander reported he heard the sound of jets in the
sky just after the light was spotted. "After the planes
went up, the light suddenly dulled and faded to a mere pinpoint."
Checks with Control tower at Jack Garland Airport revealed
that no strange readings were recorded on radar scopes.
one official reported, "we didn't send any jets up
to search for anything but of course the nightly patrols
were on about that time."
The light, appearing stationary but actually moving as indicated
by THE NUGGET photo, went through its color pattern irregularly
showing no uniformity as it changed from white to green
then to red.
At each color, it appeared to sparkle like a prism or light
refracting through the facets of a cut diamond.
The location where Monday night's object was sighted is
the approximate site where most previous North Bay sightings
were recorded. The light remained for approximately half
an hour before fading away.
Bay, Ontario, NUGGET, 25 January 1968, page 6
University students photograph white light in sky
SUDBURY (CP) - A disc-shaped white light was seen and photographed
near Laurentian University, five students claimed Wednesday.
Jim Lockett; photo editor for the university year book,
said he and four other students were setting up a camera
Tuesday night for night pictures of the university for the
student yearbook when the strange light appeared.
The other students, Jim Calarco, Larry Coutts, Stan Wallace
and Dick Cybulski, verified Lockett=s story.
They were on the golf course adjoining the campus at about
7:15 p.m. when Calarco saw the light coming slowly from
The boys said the object seemed to hover over Nepahwin Lake
to the west of their position for about four minutes. Lockett
said he had time to snap a dozen pictures.
it went away quick," said Calarco. "It just got
smaller and smaller."
The students said they "didn't hear a thing,"
describing the object as "just a white diffuse light
disc-shaped and tapered at the top."
A spokesman at the Falconbridge radar station was asked
if anything appeared on the radar screen at this time. He
said it is a service policy not to give information on such
Bay, Ontario, NUGGET, 25 January 1968, page 11
SAUCER OR HOAX? - A group of Laurentian University students
at Sudbury claim to have photographed a flying saucer. Examining
the photo of the alleged UFO are Larry Coutts, Jim Calarco
and Jim Lockett. Rumors throughout the university campus
today seem to indicate it was all a hoax. Calarco is a North
Bay resident. See story on Page 6.) - CP Wirephoto
Bay, Ontario, NUGGET, 20 January 1975, page 1
sighted by fisherman at Timmins
TIMMINS, Ont. (CP) - Four Timmins residents reported seeing
an unidentified flying object while on an ice-fishing trip
to Scorch Lake, Ont., Sunday.
Terry McCormick, Leonard Simon, Ken MacNair and Con Pelletier
said they saw a bright object in the sky, about three times
the size of a star, travelling from west to east. They said
it vanished after about one-and-a-half minutes.
Mr. MacNair, a mining engineer, said he had seen shooting
stars before, but "never saw anything like this."
Provincial police in the area said no one else had reported
seeing such an object.
Bay, Ontario, NUGGET, 14 November 1975, page 13
still mystified by light in the sky
By WAYNE MAJOR
Nugget Sturgeon Bureau
STURGEON FALLS - Curiosity is still running high here over
the reported sightings by two separate parties of an unidentified
flying object over Springer Twp. Wednesday night.
The sightings could not be tracked on radar, according to
a report from Canadian Forces Base North Bay.
Mr. and Mrs. Victor Olmstead of Golf Course Road, Springer
Twp., first reported the sighting to the Sturgeon Falls
Police Department around 8 p.m. Mrs. Olmstead said she had
tried to reach the Ontario Provincial Police detachment
but received no answer. Roland Bergeron, deputy fire chief
at Sturgeon Falls answered the call and along with Police
Chief Simon Lafleche witnessed the flying object as it hovered
over the east and of Sturgeon Falls.
Mrs. Olmstead first saw the object when she was returning
home with her husband. "It was about 500 feet up,"
she told The Nugget.
we first saw it, it had a bright whitish light on. The light
was so strong it blinded me, yet it did not illuminate the
Mrs. Olmstead said the object in its stationary position
parallel to the Golf Course Road for about one minute. Then
it slowly started moving away parallel to the ground and
suddenly accelerated at a high rate of speed. The object
followed the road for about a quarter of a mile as Mr. Olmstead
accelerated his vehicle to follow it. "Then, just like
turning a switch off, the light disappeared and we could
see three red lights," Mrs. Olmstead said.
Mr. Olmstead said the surprise when he first saw the object
nearly caused him to drive off the road.
Mrs. Olmstead said the UFO followed at the north side of
the road until it turned its bright lights off. Then the
object went in a circular motion over the Laurentide Golf
Course, moving slowly north towards the towers. On Hwy.
64 at this time, the couple lost sight of the UFO for about
two minutes. Mrs. Olmstead said the object was moving more
slowly than a helicopter. One of its red lights was flickering
but the other two were solid. The red lights were fairly
The couple then saw the object come back over the horizon
at the same height and at the same time making its way south
east over the golf course, disappearing over the horizon
in the direction of the east end of Lake Nipissing. Mrs.
Olmstead said the sighting lasted for about 10 minutes.
Both Mr. Bergeron and Chief Lafleche saw something very
similar. They claim the object had six red lights. They
agree it moved from the area roughly over Laurentide Golf
Course moving north and then back-tracking as it travelled
over Lake Nipissing.
The four persons agree the object was moving fairly slowly.
Mr. Bergeron said he saw the object moving in a zigzag motion
up and down at one time.
Cpl. Gordon F. Hilchie of the Canadian Forces Base at North
Bay said there was nothing on radar. According to him, there
was "no activity whatsoever either for the reported
sighting on Nov. 11 at Falconbridge or the one on Wednesday
The Olmsteads are not amazed at their experience. It was
the third such sighting for them, two in the last year.
About 10 years ago, Mrs. Olmstead saw an object in the daytime,
flying over Sturgeon Falls. Some time around then, Mr. Olmstead
observed three discs flying over him. The UFOs had a blue
and white light showing.
Then several months ago, they saw a light moving over Lake
Nipissing, too irregularly to be a helicopter or a plane.
This was the first time the Olmsteads ever reported a sighting.
"There have been so many other reports made, that at
least now we know we're not nuts," Mrs. Olmstead remarked.
Bay, Ontario, NUGGET, 23 November 1985, page 2
lights in sky
By GORD McCULLOCH
sky watchers Wednesday there were some interesting aspects
to prevailing conditions other than high winds.
of strange sightings in the early morning sky came from
various centres throughout the district, including North
Bay and as far distant as Collinwood.
St. Onge, a Tembec employee who lives on a farm at Redbridge,
told the Nugget he was doing his morning chores around the
farm shortly after 5 a.m., Wednesday, when he noticed a
green light in the southern sky.
said it appeared to be the size of a full moon and seemed
to be approaching and growing larger.
first thought was Halley's Comet and I called my wife Jane
and the kids," he said.
by the time they came out of the house the big ball had
disappeared and two smaller spheres could be seen with what
appeared to be light beams coming from them.
was a somewhat terrifying experience," he said.
commuting to Temiscaming with two other men he mentioned
the incident. One of the two other fellows said he had seen
a similar object but didn't like to mention it because he
felt he would be ridiculed.
the Temiscaming mill Mr. St. Onge mentioned the incident
to Rheal Viau, an electician also employed by Tembec and
who lives at Ville Marie, some 80 kilometres north of the
Viau said he had also seen some strange but similar objects
in the sky on his way to Temiscaming.
first was a yellow sphere which remained in view for approximately
10 minutes. Then a purple ball appeared and was visible
for a matter of minutes. It disappeared and a few minutes
later a white sphere appeared.
Viau was travelling in a southerly direction and he said
the three objects were clearly visible through the windshield
of his vehicle. He also said projections like light beams
could be seen on the left sides of the objects.
truck drivers who stopped for a coffee break after an early-morning,
southbound haul along Hwy. 101 from Ville Marie, told Temiscaming
resident Rene (Gibou) Raymond, they had a strange experience
near the village of Laniel, 34 kilometres north of Temiscaming.
said as they crested a hill a white cloud was sighted above
the highway in front of them. Believing it to be fog they
slowed and the cloud shot straight up into the sky.
St. Onge said he reported the sightings to the North Bay
office of Environment Canada.
Armstrong of Environment Canada, North Bay, told the Nugget
there had been reports of other similar sightings, the same
morning, from other centres throughout the district, including
North Bay and as far as Collingwood.
Collingwood, Ted Aldridge, who is a professional pilot,
reported sightings similar to those seen in this district.
The Collingwood resident told the Environment Canada office
the sightings had been made by himself and a friend Wednesday
Armstrong said Jim MacLean, also of the North Bay office
of Environment Canada had taken detailed notes of the sightings
and compiled a log of the reports.
Nugget also talked with Master Sgt. Don Weston of CFB North
Bay. He said there had been "no indication" of
any strange objects being sighted in the area.
clippings courtesy of The North Bay Nugget.