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URECAT - UFO Related Entities Catalog

URECAT is a formal catalog of UFO related entities sightings reports with the goal of providing quality information for accurate studies of the topic. Additional information, corrections and reviews are welcome at patrick.gross@inbox.com, please state if you wish to be credited for your contribution or not. The main page of the URECAT catalog is here.

1930, Guines, Cuba, naval officer M. T.:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

Dr. Sergio Cervera, of Cuba, founder of the first ufology group on the island, CIFA, wrote in 1959 a catalog of Cuban cases.

The first case he recorded there, dated 1930, was reported by Mrs. Arcadia Alvarez, whose father, Dr. M. T., was Captain of the Cuban Navy.

Going down the Güines road towards Havana after midnight, the headlights of Dr. M. T.'s car illuminated a small man, 3-feet-tall, in the middle of the road.

Thinking that it was a lost child, Dr. M.T. stopped to offer his help. As he approached, he tried to bring the child back into the darkness of the night, and found out that it was impossible to move him, as if he were made of lead.

Surprised, the captain continued his journey. Around 1951, Dr. M.T. also witnessed a bright light landing near a bridge in the vicinity of Cojímar.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-001678
Date of event: 1930
Earliest report of event: 1959
Delay of report: 3 decades.
Witness reported via: Told daughter who told local ufologist.
First alleged record by: Local ufology catalogue Sergio Cervera.
First certain record by: Local ufology catalogue Sergio Cervera.
First alleged record type: Ufology catalogue.
First certain record type: Ufology catalogue.
This file created on: September 21, 2018
This file last updated on: September 21, 2018
Country of event: Cuba
State/Department: Mayabeque
Type of location: On the road near Guines (Güines).
Lighting conditions: Night.
UFO observed: No
UFO arrival observed: N/A
UFO departure observed: N/A
UFO/Entity Relation: Uncertain
Witnesses numbers: 1
Witnesses ages: Not repotred. Adult.
Witnesses types: Man, MD of the navy.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 1
Type of entities: Humanoid or human
Entities height: 0.90 meters
Entities outfit type: Not reported.
Entities outfit color: Not reported.
Entities skin color: Not reported.
Entities body: Not reported. First interpreted as a child.
Entities head: Not reported.
Entities eyes: Not reported.
Entities mouth: Not reported.
Entities nose: Not reported.
Entities feet: Not reported.
Entities arms: Not reported.
Entities fingers: Not reported.
Entities fingers number: Not reported.
Entities hair: Not reported.
Entities voice: None heard.
Entities actions: Was on the road.
Entities/witness interactions: None.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed, tried to pick up being, was too heavy, went.
Witness(es) feelings: Amazed and frightened.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported. First thought it was a lost child.
Explanation category: Extraterrestrial visitors or invention.
Explanation certainty: Medium.

Narratives:

[Ref. sc1:] DR. SERGIO CERVERA:

1930: According to Mrs. Arcadia Alvarez, her father, Dr. M.T., was a captain in the Cuban Navy. As he drove down the road from Güines heading toward Havana after midnight, his car's headlights illuminated a little man some three feet tall standing in the middle of the road. Thinking it was a lost child, Dr. M.T. stopped to offer assistance. Getting closer, he tried to pick up the child in the dark of night only to find it was impossible to move, as though it were made of lead. Startled, the captain continued his journey. Toward 1951, Dr. M.T. would witness a brilliant light landing near a bridge in the vicinity of Cojímar.

[...Other cases...]

[Ref. jm1:] JORGE MARTIN:

8. According to one of Dr. Sergio Cervera's reports for the pre-revolutionary period, a lady named Sra. Arcadia Alvarez said that her father, Dr. M-T-, who was at the time a Captain in the Cuban Navy, was travelling at around midnight along the highway from Guines to Havana at a date in 1930 when he saw on the road ahead of him. shown up by his headlights, "a little man about 3ft. high. Thinking it must be some lost child, the doctor pulled up to investigate. He approached the "child" and attempted to pick it up but was unable to raise it at all for it seemed to weigh like lead!" Shaken, he went back to his car and drove on. Later, in 1951, this "Dr, M.T." was an eyewitness of the landing of a brilliantly shining object near a bridge at Cojimar.

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

Albert Rosales indicates in his catalogue that near Guines, Cuba, in 1930, at midnight, "The witness, a naval officer at the time, was enroute to Havana alone in his car when the headlights suddenly illuminated a two-foot tall figure standing on the roadway. Thinking that it was a lost child he stopped the car and approached the figure on foot. It was dark and the witness could not see any features, he then attempted to pick up the figure but found that he could not, since it was extremely heavy as if made out of lead. Frightened the witness ran back into his vehicle and left the area at high speed."

Albert Rosales indicates that the source is "Dr Sergio Cervera".

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

1930 - Guines, Cuba

1930 00:00

Guines, Cuba

The witness, a naval officer at the time, was enroute to Havana alone in his car when...

The witness, a naval officer at the time, was enroute to Havana alone in his car when the headlights suddenly illuminated a two-foot tall figure standing on the roadway. Thinking that it was a lost child he stopped the car and approached the figure on foot. It was dark and the witness could not see any features, he then attempted to pick up the figure but found that he could not, since it was extremely heavy as if made out of lead. Frightened the witness ran back into his vehicle and left the area at high speed.

Hynek rating: CE3

The source is indicated as "Rosales, Albert, Humanoid Sighting Reports Database".

[Ref. ru1:] "REVISTA UFO":

Le magazine indique que le chercheur hispanique Sergio Cervera avait étudié des cas de Cuba, écraivant l'article "A Chronology of Cuban Cases", dans lequel il parle de l'observation de 1930, lordsqu'un capitaine de marine traversait la ville de Güines, allant vers La Havane, et que les phares de sa voiture ont illuminé une créature de 1.20 mètres de haut. Il avait pensé que c'était un enfant perdu, s'était garé, est descendu aller le chercher. En approchant, il a réalisé que ce n'était pas un être humain mais quelque chose de gris qui disparaissait juste devant lui.

[Ref. ro1:] "REALIDAD OVN" WEBSITE:

TESTIMONIALS OF UFO SIGHTINGS IN CUBA

1930: Province of Havana. Guines. Time: 12.p.m. According to Ms. Arcadia Alvarez, her father, Dr. M.T., who was a captain of the Cuban Navy, was coming by the Guines road towards Havana, after midnight, when his car lanterns illuminated a little man about three feet tall. The doctor thought he was a lost child and, surprised to find a child at that time in these places, decided to stop. He got out of the vehicle and approached the "child", trying to lift it off the ground, but could not move it because it weighed "as if it were lead." Impressed and dismayed by the encounter with that little man, he left him there, boarded his car and continued his march. Later, by the year 1951, Dr. M.T. also witnessed the landing of a strange object with very bright light near the bridge in Cojimar.

[... other cases...]

Original version:

TESTIMONIOS DE AVISTAMIENTOS DE OVNI’S EN CUBA

1930: Provincia de la Habana. Guines. Hora: 12.p.m. Según la Sra. Arcadia Alvarez, su padre el Dr. M.T., quien era capitán de la Marina de Guerra Cubana, venía por la carretera de Guines en dirección a la Habana, luego de la medianoche, cuando los faroles de su automóvil alumbraron a un hombrecito de unos tres piés de estatura. El doctor pensó que era un niño perdido y, extrañado por encontrarse un niño a esa hora por esos parajes, decidió detenerse. Salió del vehículo y se acercó al “niño”, tratando entonces de levantarlo del suelo, pero no pudo moverlo porque pesaba “como si fuera de plomo”. Impresionado y consternado por el encuentro con aquel hombrecito, le dejó allí, abordó su automóvil y continuó su marcha. Más tarde, por el año 1951, el Dr. M.T. fué testigo también del aterrizaje de un extraño objeto con luz muy brillante cerca del puente en Cojimar.

[... other cases...]

[Ref. ar2:] ALBERT ROSALES:

Location. Near Guines Cuba

Date: 1930 Time: midnight

Medical Doctor and Cuban naval captain, Dr. M.T. Alvarez was driving over a bridge on the road between Guines and La Habana when the car headlights illuminated a short figure less than 2ft tall standing on the road ahead. The naval captain thinking that it was a “lost child” stopped his car and approached the figure, grabbing it under its arms and attempting to lift it. But he was stunned as he realized that the figure was extremely heavy and he could not budge it. Somewhat afraid the witness left the small entity alone and went back into his vehicle, immediately leaving the area.

HC addition # 261

Source: orestes100350@yahoo.es quoting Patricio Bosch, Editora Corripio Republica Dominicana 2001 also Dr. Sergio Cervera

[Ref. ta1:] "THINK ABOUT IT" WEBSITE:

Date: 1930

Location: Near Guines Cuba

Time: midnight

Summary: The witness, a naval officer at the time, was enroute to Havana alone in his car when the headlights suddenly illuminated a two-foot tall figure standing on the roadway. Thinking that it was a lost child he stopped the car and approached the figure on foot. It was dark and the witness could not see any features, he then attempted to pick up the figure but found that he could not, since it was extremely heavy as if made out of lead. Frightened the witness ran back into his vehicle and left the area at high speed.

Source: Dr Sergio Cervera

[Ref. pr1:] PETER ROGERSON:

1930. 2350hrs.

GUINES (MAYABEQUE : CUBA)

A naval captain was driving from Guines to Havama when his headlights caught a small figure in the centre of the road. Thinking it was a lost child, he stopped. Because it was now in shadow, he could only make out that it was about 90cm tall and muscular. He tried to pick up the thing but found that it was rock like and too heavy to lift. He fled the scene.

Bord 1997 p69 citing Robiou 1979)

Points to consider:

Dr. Sergio Cervera was the first Cuban ufologist, founder in Miami in the USA of the "Comisión Investigadora de Fenómenos Aéreos" (CIFA).

He wrote in 1959 a "Chronology of Cuban cases".

The case is quite atypical, and suffers from obvious problems (see the List of Issues below), the most important being that the "entity" is hardly described. A description would have helped to get an idea of what the being really was - if the story is true - but there is nothing except the strangeness of its weight.

The reference of Albert Rosales [ar1], "Dr. Sergio Cervera" is indigent. At least it is the primary source. That of Peter Rogerson [pr1] "1997 Edge p69" is just as indigent: it is probably a book by Janet and Colin Bord, British collectors of mysterious stories, so a source far from being a primary source. But which one of their many books? Most likely "Moderm Mysteries of the World", but it was first published in 1989...

The reference "Robiou" quoted by the Bords according to Peter Rogerson is probably Sebastián Robiou Lamarche [rl1], a Puertorican ufologist, FSR correspondant in the early years.

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Ufology Severe September 21, 2018 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Very poor description of the alleged entity. Help needed. Opened.
2 Ufology Severe September 21, 2018 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Initial report is second hand, and late after the alleged encounter. - -

Evaluation:

Extraterrestrial visitors or invention.

Sources references:

* = Source I checked.
? = Source I am told about but could not check yet. Help appreciated.

Document history:

Authoring

Main Author: Patrick Gross
Contributors: None
Reviewers: None
Editor: Patrick Gross

Changes history

Version: Created/Changed By: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross September 21, 2018 Creation, [sc1], [jm1], [ar1], [ud1], [ru1], [ro1], [ar2], [vs1], [ta1], [pr1].
1.0 Patrick Gross September 21, 2018 First published.

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