03.08.10 ADELAIDE, SA
(Source: Australian (14/15/16.05.69))
Captain Nelson of the coastal steamer Wookata, Second Engineer S Arnold and Helmsman G Rudd are at a complete loss to explain the meaning of curious lights which they witnessed when the vessel was passing Althorp Island on her way to Port Adelaide early the other morning. Bright lights ‘as distinct as the masthead lights of a steamer but high up in the air’, were observed by the trio, and the strange thing was that they circled around the Wookata in a tantalizing way.

“It was about one o’clock,” said Captain Nelson today, that the man at the wheel remarked: “Do you see these lights flying about?” My reply was, “Yes, there are a great many more lights about than I have ever seen here.”

Just then I saw a mysterious light off Cape Spencer, which disappeared as suddenly as it came into view. Presently, the helmsman said: “It is strange, but I have seen lights on the port bow, then on the starboard side.”

I stepped inside the wheelhouse, and on coming out again saw two lights just over the starboard bow no distance away, but high up. They seemed to pass us. They were as bright as our masthead lights, and as far as I could judge were from 200 to 300 yards distant. They were not a steamer’s light. They were not high in the air. The lights appeared to be 10 yards apart, one a little above the other. I could not make it out.

I said to the man at the wheel: “Did you see them?” He answered, “Yes, they are like German airships flying about.”

I did not know what to think. I feel sure I saw something unusual - something which in my 45 years experience of the sea I have never observed before. Second Engineer Arnold also declared that he saw the strange lights.

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