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Witnesses fell ill after 1665 'UFO battle'


Posted on Saturday, 27 June, 2015 | Comment icon 73 comments

What were the 'ships in the sky' witnessed by the fishermen ? Image Credit: Cornelis Verbeeck
Researchers have been investigating a 350-year-old UFO case that remains a mystery to this day.
The incident occurred on the afternoon of April 8, 1665 at around 2pm when a group of fishermen anchored near Barhöfft witnessed what they described as "ships in the sky" engaged in battle.

"After a while out of the sky came a flat round form, like a plate, looking like the big hat of a man," wrote author Erasmus Francisci who had gathered news reports about the incident in 1689.

"Its color was that of the darkening moon, and it hovered right over the Church of St. Nicolai. There it remained stationary until the evening. The fishermen, worried to death, didn’t want to look further at the spectacle and buried their faces in their hands."

According to Francisci's report, the men who had witnessed the objects fell ill shortly afterwards and suffered from trembling and pain in their head and limbs. The entire incident was later deemed "unexplained" and the cause of the men's symptoms was never found.

In their June 2015 analysis of the case, researchers Chris Aubeck and Martin Shough looked at multiple possible explanations for what the fishermen had seen but failed to find a definitive answer.

In the end they concluded that it was "a remarkable case and - true or not - ought to be considered among the first alleged ‘flying saucer’ sightings in history."

Source: The Epoch Times | Comments (73)

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Comment icon #64 Posted by Derek Willis on 5 July, 2015, 6:56
Ok, so a few things I'm still not understanding. Are you saying that the details of the story are highly exaggerated and/or were made up? Because even if they omitted the fact that a comet was visible in the sky at that time of year, it wouldn't seem relevant to the story considering there was some type of large object that descended from the sky at 2pm, hovered over a church and caused people in the area to become ill. So I'm assuming then you are saying that those events didn't happen? I'm not necessarily disagreeing, I'm just trying to understand your viewpoint. Because in my opinion there'... [More]
Comment icon #65 Posted by toast on 5 July, 2015, 10:01
Ok, so a few things I'm still not understanding. Are you saying that the details of the story are highly exaggerated and/or were made up? Yes. And as for the historical "testimonials", don`t forget that the story is from the 17th century, a time where the majority of ppl were some kind of stupid in relation to general education and compared to todays standards. 2nd, a lot of things related to the sky and happened in the sky were not understood by Joe Public, and this lack of knowledge was a powerfull tool in the hands of the church/religions to spread fear and godliness. So, objectivity wasnt ... [More]
Comment icon #66 Posted by ilovejules25 on 6 July, 2015, 19:43
Until recent times comets were always thought of as being harbingers of doom so all manner of nastiness was associated with them. http://www.telegraph...rs-of-Doom.html That is true, however I feel that how you observe a comet and how you interpret it are two different things.
Comment icon #67 Posted by ilovejules25 on 6 July, 2015, 20:13
So, even the initial story is based on just hearsay and so there is no room to discuss any assertions of the story, like date/time of the event, the"objects" or anything other, IMO. I get what you're saying, and I definitely agree that the investigation ignored a key piece of evidence by failing to mention the comet. I also agree that a 1600's public would be considered uneducated compared to today's standards, but in my opinion it wouldn't take an educated person to tell the difference between a comet in the sky and what was described in this testimony. I don't have any opinion one way or the... [More]
Comment icon #68 Posted by toast on 6 July, 2015, 20:17
Yes and no. In ancient times yes, but in that regard the 1600's would be considered "recent times" as by that point we had a pretty grounded understanding of comets in that they were no longer tied to bad omens and catastrophe. The full picture is a little bit more different. Of course there was a pretty grounded understanding of comets, and other astronomical events as well, but this knowledge wasnt generally known by the public. Based on the fact that the level of general education was very low in the 17th century and based on the fact that paper, so books, was a very expensive stuff back th... [More]
Comment icon #69 Posted by Derek Willis on 6 July, 2015, 20:20
That is true, however I feel that how you observe a comet and how you interpret it are two different things. Well the word "comet" means "the long haired star". Comets are not long haired stars, but that is what people in the past interpreted them to be. Even very recently, some people have given strange interpretations to comets. Didn't the Heaven's Gate cult in the 1990's believe Hale-Bopp was an alien spaceship, and consequently kill themselves?
Comment icon #70 Posted by ilovejules25 on 7 July, 2015, 19:17
Well the word "comet" means "the long haired star". Comets are not long haired stars, but that is what people in the past interpreted them to be. Even very recently, some people have given strange interpretations to comets. Didn't the Heaven's Gate cult in the 1990's believe Hale-Bopp was an alien spaceship, and consequently kill themselves? What I meant is, in the context of this story, if what they in fact saw was a comet, then they obviously took some extreme liberties in describing it. If it was a comet then what they would have observed was a small star-like object in the night sky. But w... [More]
Comment icon #71 Posted by SurfinTiki39 on 9 July, 2015, 19:41
I really enjoy these old UFO stories. There's certainly cause to dismiss many of them but it's always interesting since you can't simply dismiss them by saying it was a test plane or a weather balloon. Something flying in the 1660s? I remember hearing of a story about a farmer in the 1880s in the American Midwest see a UFO crash in his field. He found the wreckage, removed the corpse of the alien inside and buried it. (The local scientist of the nearby town, in his infinite wisdom, declared the martian to be from Mars though, so that doesn't help validate the accounts of the story or the relia... [More]
Comment icon #72 Posted by Sir Wearer of Hats on 9 July, 2015, 22:30
I really enjoy these old UFO stories. There's certainly cause to dismiss many of them but it's always interesting since you can't simply dismiss them by saying it was a test plane or a weather balloon. Something flying in the 1660s? I remember hearing of a story about a farmer in the 1880s in the American Midwest see a UFO crash in his field. He found the wreckage, removed the corpse of the alien inside and buried it. (The local scientist of the nearby town, in his infinite wisdom, declared the martian to be from Mars though, so that doesn't help validate the accounts of the story or the relia... [More]
Comment icon #73 Posted by Ralaman on 12 July, 2015, 1:56
Witnesses fell ill after 1665 'UFO battle' So what? I fell ill after drinking Mexican tap water...


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