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September 23, 1954, Gulf of Gasconny:

Reference number for this case: 23-Sep-54-GolfeDeGascogne. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.


The regional newspaper Var-Matin - République for October 3, 1954, indicated that it was reported from Brest, that Mr. Arsène Stephan, second in command of a freighter ship that stopped over at Brest, declared that during the night of the 23rd to the 24th of September 1954, while the boat was in the Bay of Biscay, at 44° 48' North and 4° 50' West, he had seen a star four times larger than the others.

Two of his sailors, who were at his side, had seen the same thing. With the binoculars, they had noted that it was an object in which appeared, at times, green reflections.

In his 1958 book, ufologist Aimé Michel said that the witnesses were two watchmen, who warned the second in command Arsène Stéphane, who observed the object with the binoculars.

Michel says that the object appeared as a red disk animated with various movements like rotations, but which always remained in the same place. The bright green reflections appeared from time to time on the edges of the object which remained visible for long minutes.

Canadian ufologist Henri Bordeleau quoted in 1969 a news brief of the national press agency AFP of the time, published in the press - he did not give the date, It was the same report as that of Michel.



Flying saucers (continued)

"A roadmender sees a strange apparatus posed on the ground, with assistance of crutches! But when he approached of the craft, he is paralyzed by an invisible ray."

Melun, October 2.

Several roadmenders of the Bridges and Road who worked under the rain at the edge of the Coulommiers-Meaux road, not far from the Quincy-Voisin airfield, stated they saw a flying saucer.

One of them, Mr. Bernard Goujon, 30 year-old, claimed to have seen in a field, on the left of the road, at approximately 200 meters of him, at the foot of a group of poplars, a strange apparatus of oval form, measuring approximately three meters in diameter and of a height of 2,50m. "It was, he said, posed on the ground with the assistance of three rather high crutches. Its higher part comprised a small translucent cupola that seemed made of plastic. The whole of the craft was of a metal shining like aluminum."

Mr. Goujon told that he had wanted to approach the craft but when he arrived at approximately 150 meters, he felt tickling as if "an invisible electric ray" were aimed at him.

"I felt, he said, paralyzed, and my sight was slightly scrambled. I then saw the saucer rise very slowly, without noise, in the manner of a falling leaf up to 25 meters of the ground. It was motionless one moment, then, still without noise nor any luminous trail, it disappeared at sharp pace."

On the ground, traces of approximately 10 cm depth were found.

A shining ball.

Quillant. -- Yesterday afternoon, Mr. Saboureau, bar owner in Belestre (the Ariège), saw in the sky, a brilliant ball. The craft machine which moved rather slowly and without noise, was followed, he said, of a trail of gray smoke.

A strong whistling sound.

Montceau-les-Mines. -- Two bricklayers, Misters Romain Sebastiani and Buratte, both cyclists racing with the velocipedic union of Roanne, stated to have seen at the edge of the road of Blanzy, in Montceau, a machine taking off with a strong whistling sound. The craft, they said, was cigar-shaped, of very dark yellow color, of three meters in length and a diameter of approximately 60 to 85 cm.

Sailors report their sightings.

Brest. -- Mr. Arsène Stephan, second in command of a cargo ship which made a stopover in Brest, declared that during the night from September 23 to 24, whereas the boat was in the Bay of Biscay, at 44° 48' north and 4°50', he had seen a star four times larger than the others. Two of its sailors, who were at his sides also made the same observation. With the binocular, they noted that it was an object in which the green reflections appeared at times.

Last Thursday, at dayfall, a sailor who was conducting the tanker "Port Lyautey" saw, within less than 500 meters of him, a craft in the shape of a saucer and red in color skim the surface of water, to then go up fast and vertically, and to disappear while leaving a red flame.

An aerial blowtorch.

Caudry. -- Three workmen of St Hilaire les Cambrai claimed to have seen, this morning at 6, a strange luminous machine which trailed in its continuation a white gleam comparable with that of a blowtorch.

[Ref. hw1:] HAROLD T. WILKINS:

The author says that in the Bay of Biscay, seamen on a freighter saw a moving disc with a green glow.

[Ref. am1:] AIME MICHEL:

Aimé Michel reports that on September 23, in the night, two men on nightwatch on a cargo which was at 44 degrees 48 minutes north and 4 degrees 17 minutes west in the Bay of Biscay [Golfe de Gascogne in French] saw a kind of disc of red color, slightly luminous, motionless above the sea at a rather low angular altitude.

The two men alerted the second in command, Arsene Stéphane, who observed the object with binoculars.

Michel says that the object appeared as a red disc animated with varied movements such as rotations but which always remained at the same place. Sharp green reflections appeared from time to time on the edges of the object which remained visible during long minutes.


Case No. 19

Brest 2 (AFP) (1) - The commander of a cargo ship that made a stopover in Brest yesterday, stated to have seen, on the night of September 23 to 24, while the freighter was in the Bay of Biscay a star four times greater than the others.

Two of his sailors who were with him also made the same observation, but with binoculars, they found that it was a moving disc on which at times appeared green hues.

On the other hand, the day before yesterday, at nightfall, a sailor who was at the helm of the "Port Lyautey" tanker, saw, within 500 meters of him, a saucer-shaped craft and of red color scratch the surface of the water, go up vertically and disappear, leaving a red flame.

Henri Bordeleau indicates that the source is "the 1954 Press".

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates in his database that in an unknown place in the Bay of Biscay on September 23, 1954 at an unknown hour, "the men on duty of a cargo liner see a kind of slightly luminous disc of reddish color, motionless above the sea at a low altitude. They then inform the second in command who observing using the binoculars and then observes a disc having from time to time very sharp green reflections. The object was visible during long minutes."

The source is indicated as "M.O.C. by Michel Aimé ** Arthaud 1958".

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 23 September 1954 in the "Pre-dawn", in "Golfe.Gascogne, France", "A flying disc was observed. One disc was observed by three witnesses on the ocean for ten minutes. Explanation: Planet."

The sources are indicated as "Michel, Aime, Flying Saucers and the Straight-Line Mystery, S. G. Phillips, New York, 1958; Vallee, Jacques, Computerized Catalog (N = 3073); Newspaper Clippings."

[Ref. ub1:] "UFO-DATENBANK":

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19540000 00.00.1954 Gulf Gascony France


Important indications are missing, such as the angular size. Confusion with a star low on the horizon seen through atmospheric perturbations. (Venus was not visible.)

Below: position of the ship:


(These keywords are only to help queries and are not implying anything.)

Gulf of Gascogne, Bay of Biscay, cargo liner, boat, sea, low, red, green, motionless, movements, luminous, multiple, night, reflections


[---] indicates sources which I have not yet checked.

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross February 24, 2005 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross December 24, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [lc1], [ud1].
1.1 Patrick Gross June 22, 2010 Addition [hw1].
1.2 Patrick Gross November 5, 2016 Addition [hb1].
1.3 Patrick Gross February 5, 2017 Addition [ub1].
1.4 Patrick Gross May 10, 2019 Addition of the Summary. In the Explanations, additions of the map and "(Venus was not visible.)"

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