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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.

Summary:

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.

Reports:

[Ref. vn1:] "LA VOIX DU NORD" NEWSPAPER:

IT WAS NOT A FLYING SAUCER!

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!

Explanations:

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Keywords:

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

Sources:

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Document history:

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1.0 Patrick Gross June 22, 2019 First published.

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