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The 1954 French flap:

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Beginning of October, 1954, Calais, Pas-de-Calais:

Reference number for this case: Beg-Oct-54-Calais. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.


The regional newspaper La Voix du Nord published on October 8, 1954, an article claiming that at the exit of the harbor of Calais, the ship "Veland" which had brought a cargo of ore, had "almost created a nocturnal hallucination."

In fact, its dark fireplace surrounded by a bright red circle of "luminous paint" could have, in the distance and in the dark, created a misinterpretation.




At the exit of the harbor of Calais, the ship "Veland" which had brought a cargo of ore, nearly created a nocturnal hallucination: its chimney is, indeed, surrounded by a circle of bright red color which is a luminous painting...

At night... this gleam shines on the sky and from far away, including the Faidherbes and George V bridges, it looked like a little ring of ruby suddenly immobilized above the ship, since the rest of the chimney remained in the dark!


This is a "negative case" since neither the witness nor any ufologist thought it was really a flying saucer.

We understand that a certain journalist saw this and found here an opportunity both to amuse the readers, and to offer a possible explanation of "saucers"; which is not useless.

But I was unable to find any photos of the famous freighter, unfortunately.


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

Calais, Pas-de-Calais, harbor, cargo, Veland, negative, chimney, fluorescent, sea


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