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2 Days Ago 01:41 AM
Lummox3077
Re: strange Phenomenon that we've seen at sea

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This is a great thread. Thanks for sharing all these interesting stories.



That sounds like a static electric charged ball, or "ball lightning". It doesn't always or necessarily occur during a thunder storm.

A plane my father was piloting was struck by a larger one over Scotland. It came in through the cockpit/nosecone, floated right down the center aisle of the plane, and exited through the empennage, blasting a hole in it. He had to make an emergency descent and landing in Prestwick. Passengers reported that the charged ball was about 18-24" in diameter.

Ball lightning tends to have a soft white/yellow/light green glow and is often mistaken for an apparition.
If my random information collection process is working.. those "ball lightning" were called "Foo Fighters" in WWII then a couple years later a band appeared under the same name..
2 Days Ago 10:48 AM
krisscross
Re: strange Phenomenon that we've seen at sea

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Just after dinner we observed glowing objects some as large as footballs in the water we were sailing through. No one had ever seen the phenomena before. We speculated perhaps squid and I always wondered about that night. Last year I read Bernard Moitessier's book the Hard Way and he had the answer. Had had observed the same phenomena Colonies of phosflouescent algae.
No, no, no... they are small UFOs (unidentified floating objects) with tiny aliens inside.
2 Days Ago 10:20 AM
mbianka
Re: strange Phenomenon that we've seen at sea

Back in the 1990's I was on an 80 foot schooner. We had left the Dry Tortugas and were sailing through the Gulf of Mexico toward Cuba. Just after dinner we observed glowing objects some as large as footballs in the water we were sailing through. No one had ever seen the phenomena before. We speculated perhaps squid and I always wondered about that night. Last year I read Bernard Moitessier's book the Hard Way and he had the answer. Had had observed the same phenomena Colonies of phosflouescent algae. THE BIANKA LOG BLOG: A MYSTERY OF THE SEA FINALLY ANSWERED THANKS TO BERNARD MOITESSIER
Only took me twenty years to find the answer.
3 Days Ago 12:04 AM
sailpower
Re: strange Phenomenon that we've seen at sea

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My best sailing friend...also a memever of MYC was a commander of a LA Class Boomer and lived in Noank Conn, stationed at New Groton for 8 years. He has told me many stories about them.

I admire the men/ women who do this to protect our country.

Dave
Old post I know but the LA (Los Angeles) class boats are SSN not SSBN so are not "Boomers".

Fun fact; US Submarine Base New London is actually in Groton.
3 Days Ago 12:03 AM
Rusty123
Re: strange Phenomenon that we've seen at sea

SSBN 727 Blue
3 Days Ago 11:50 PM
sailpower
Re: strange Phenomenon that we've seen at sea

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How many submariners are on this forum anyway?
SSBN 610B, six patrols.
3 Days Ago 11:00 PM
guitarguy56
Re: strange Phenomenon that we've seen at sea

Last time I started a thread like this I was branded a kook, alcoholic, crazy, nitwit... you name it... read the thread...

http://www.sailnet.com/forums/genera...e-sailing.html

... mind you I was on a Navy research vessel in the Bahamas at AUTEC (Andros)... so I and many other seaman saw what we saw!
3 Days Ago 10:03 PM
Capt Len
Re: strange Phenomenon that we've seen at sea

Running east around Race Rocks in nasty misty conditions saw red and green nav lights on reciprocal course. No white, but whatever it was the lights were high off the horizon so it must be big ,right? Just a bit concerned, I turn to starb'd .Lights seem to follow. Then turn green and red as masthead lights on a couple of sailboats motoring close together show their other side as they zig zag into tide/wind Still no whites.
3 Days Ago 06:12 PM
outbound
Re: strange Phenomenon that we've seen at sea

A car. Coming back,from Marion Bermuda. Nearly hit a car. Must of fell off a ship as it still had the white plastic sheathing on hood and top.
Was pushed aside by attack sub surfacing coming into rockland Maine. Boat rocked quite a bit but no damage. Later was allowed brief " tour" Wasn't allowed to see much of the boat ? Security/intelligence but still fascinating.
Sun fish, whales, green turtles etc. had a flock of finches travel hundreds of miles with us. Picked them up around 400 m from Newport landfall. They would rest on the boat. One flew inside and then we closed companionway when he decided to go out.
Had all rigging glow green, blue yellow then clear and do it again.
Have sailed between waterspouts. Fortunately small and very transient.
Had a knock down from rogue wave in block is. sound.
Had two white sharks tail us for >1h just after leaving Provincetown going through the race on way to Maine. Realized left swim ladder down. Picked it up and they left.
3 Days Ago 04:45 PM
Galo
Re: strange Phenomenon that we've seen at sea

1992 on a vessel delivery trip from New Jersey to Puerto Rico and several miles north of the Arecibo on the north coast of PR, a pod of three humpbacks decided they wanted to check out our boat. They approached us and twenty minutes later they were still swimming next or close to us. They enjoyed our presence so much that we dropped the sails, put out a sea anchor, donned masks and snorkles and proceed to jump in the water with them, in the diaphanously-clear deep ocean water.

U know how sometimes, you cross paths with a stranger in the street and there can be a fleeting 'you're okay/I'm okay' instance of recognition and acceptance? To this day I swear that one of the humpbacks and I did this....she looked at me in the eye from maybe 30 feet away and that electric message of recognition and acceptance passed between us.

I came back on the boat with tears in my eyes....it was that amazing and heartwarming. What a blessing....
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