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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.


Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

The South Wales Daily News newspaper for May 24, 1909, apparently told that on May 22, 1909, in Maesteg, Glamorgan, U-K., at 10:30 p.m., a rumour spread through Commercial Street about an airship being overhead. Many saw lights only. One person using a telescope claimed he had seen people on board.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-001477
Date of event: May 22, 1909
Earliest report of event: May 24, 1909
Delay of report: 2 days
Witness reported via: Not known.
First alleged record by: Newspaper
First certain record by: Ufology article Carl Grove.
First alleged record type: Newspaper.
First certain record type: Ufology catalogue.
This file created on: August 21, 2013
This file last updated on: August 21, 2013
Country of event: U-K.
State/Department: Bridgend County
Type of location: Maybe above city street.
Lighting conditions: Day
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: Not reported
UFO departure observed: Not reported
UFO/Entity Relation: Certain
Witnesses numbers: 1
Witnesses ages: Not reported.
Witnesses types: Not reported.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: Not reported
Type of entities: Human
Entities height: Not reported.
Entities outfit type: Not reported or not visible.
Entities outfit color: Not reported or not visible.
Entities skin color: Not reported.
Entities body: Not reported. People.
Entities head: Not reported or not visible.
Entities eyes: Not reported or not visible.
Entities mouth: Not reported or not visible.
Entities nose: Not reported or not visible.
Entities feet: Not reported or not visible.
Entities arms: Not reported or not visible.
Entities fingers: Not reported or not visible.
Entities fingers number: Not reported or not visible.
Entities hair: Not reported or not visible.
Entities voice: None reported.
Entities actions: Were in UFO.
Entities/witness interactions: None.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed.
Witness(es) feelings: Not reported.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported.
Explanation category: Airship of hoax.
Explanation certainty: High.


[Ref. cg1:] CARL GROVE:

41. May 22. Maesteg, Glamorgan. At 10.30 p.m., a rumour spread through Commercial Street that the airship was overhead. Many saw lights only. One, using a telescope, claimed to see people on board. (South Wales Daily News, May 24.)


This ufologist says that on May 22, 1909, numerous witnesses observed "the airship" in Maesteg, Glamorgan.


Albert Rosales indicates that in Maesteg, Wales, on May 22, 1909, at 22:30, "Lights were seen over Commercial Street, Maesteg. One man, with a telescope, reported an aerial craft, with occupants. No other information."

Albert Rosales indicates that the source is "Carl Grove, FSR Vol. 17 # 1".

[Ref. js1:] JEAN SIDER:

Jean Sider indicates that on 22 May 1909 at 10:30 p.m., in Maesteg, Glamorgan, Wales, a rumor was spread in Commercial Street saying that the airship passed over the town. Many people distinguished lights, but people with a telescope claimed they saw people on board.

Jean Sider indique que la source est "FSR, vol. 17, n░ 1, op. cit. p. 19, selon le South Wales Daily News du 24 mai 1909".

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 22 May 1909 at 22:30 in Maesteg, UK, "An object was observed using optical instruments. Occupants of the craft were seen. One object was observed by a male witness in a city."

The sources are indicated as "Webb, David, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports", "FSR, FSR (formerly Flying Saucer Review) FSR, London, 1966", "Rogerson, Peter, World-Wide Catalog of Type 1 Reports", "Newspaper Clippings", "Hatch, Larry, *U* computer database, Author, Redwood City, 2002".


May 22 1909 - 2230 hrs


Lights were seen over Commercial Street. One man with a telescope reported an aerial craft with occupants.

Grove op cit citing South Wales Daily News 24 May 1909

Points to consider:

The "one" who claimed to have seen people on board an airship probably indicates that this is the same case as three days earlier in Maindee.

Ernest T. Willows had built his first airship "Willows 1" in 1905 as he was only 19 years old. Willows 1 had its first proper flight on September 5, 1905. His "Willows II" was built in 1909 at East Moors, Cardiff, Wales, and officially it was first flown on November 26, 1909. So there was an airship builder at work in Wales in 1909, though no record exist that he flew on May 19, 1909, above Maindee or Maesteg.

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Data Severe August 21, 2013 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Primary source not available. Help needed. Opened.
2 Ufology Severe August 21, 2013 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Totally insufficient information. Help needed. Opened.


Airship of hoax.

Sources references:

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

Document history:


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

Changes history

Version: Created/Changed By: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross August 21, 2013 Creation, [cg1], [mb1], [ar1], [js1], [ud1], [pr1].
1.0 Patrick Gross August 21, 2013 First published.

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