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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:

In 1977, ufologist Michel Bougard wrote that on December 3, 1912, by night, in Portsmouth, U-K, an aerial ship with four occupants came from the north, hovered about fifteen minutes above the city, and went away towards the north. No additional details are given.

But it appears that at the times, newspaper had already suspected it was a British Army dirigible airship, coming and returning to the Army facilities in the North in Aldershot, and Flight magazine had confirmed it was the Beta II airship. It was by day, not night, and besides, witnesses had specified it had the Army Ensign.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-001133
Date of event: December 3, 1912
Earliest report of event: December 4, 1912
Delay of report: hour to 1 day.
Witness reported via: To the Press.
First alleged record by: Newspaper.
First certain record by: Ufology book Michel Bougard.
First alleged record type: Newspaper.
First certain record type: Ufology book.
This file created on: February 21, 2013
This file last updated on: February 21, 2013
Country of event: U-K.
State/Department: Hampshire
Type of location: Above the city.
Lighting conditions: Afternoon.
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: Yes
UFO departure observed: Yes
UFO/Entity Relation: Certain
Witnesses numbers: Not reported.
Witnesses ages: Not reported.
Witnesses types: Not reported.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 4
Type of entities: Not reported
Entities height: Not reported
Entities outfit type: Not reported.
Entities outfit color: Not reported.
Entities skin color: Not reported.
Entities body: Not reported.
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 reported.
Entities actions: Are in UFO.
Entities/witness interactions: None.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed.
Witness(es) feelings: Not reported.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported.
Explanation category: British Army blimp Beta II.
Explanation certainty: High.



The author indicates that on December 3, 1912, by night, in Portsmouth, England, "an aerial ship with four occupants" flew over the city.

It had come from the north, hovered about fifteen minutes above the city and went away towards the north.

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 3 December 1912 in the afternoon, in Portsmouth, UK, "Objects were observed. Occupants of the craft were seen. More than one object was observed for over 15 minutes."

The sources are indicated as Rogerson, Peter, World-Wide Catalog of Type 1 Reports; Newspaper Clippings".

[Ref. bh1:] DR. BRETT HOLMAN:

Dr Brett Holman is an independent historian from Melbourne, Australia, interested in the place of aviation in British society and culture in the first half of the 20th century.

He indicates that the following occurrence happened on 3 December 1912:

An unknown airship was seen to hover over the naval port town of Portsmouth in the afternoon for fifteen minutes. Since it was observed to fly the White Ensign and flew from and to the direction of Aldershot to the north, where the army’s airships were based, it was presumed that the navy had borrowed one for testing purposes, or that it was a previously unknown naval airship. Flight confirmed that it was in fact the army’s Beta II.

He indicates that the sources are The Times, 4 December 1912, p. 6; Manchester Guardian, 4 December 1912, p. 16; Flight, 7 December 1912, p. 1143.

Points to consider:

So, this is an easily explained case.

Below, a picture of the Britsh Army's Beta II dirigible, near Cambridge, U-K., in Septembre 1912:

Aldershot is really in the North of Portsmouth.

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:


British Army blimp Beta II.

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 February 21, 2013 Creation, [ar1], [1].
1.0 Patrick Gross February 21, 2013 First published.

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