Sebago UFO Sighting

November 5, 1957

 NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The coast guard cutter Sebago sighted an unidentified flying object over the Gulf of Mexico at 5:21 a.m. CST today. The object, seen for about three seconds, resembled a brilliant planet moving at tremendous speed.

Coast guard headquarters in New Orleans received a radio message about the sighting. The message did not say exactly who on board the cutter had seen the object.

But the message said the object had been tracked on the Sebago's radar screen for 11 minutes before the visual contact and for 16 minutes afterward. During these periods, the object darted off the screen every few minutes but soon returned.

National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena, NICAP

November 5, 1957--Gulf of Mexico, off New Orleans. Coast Guard cutter Sebago repeatedly tracked UFO on radar, once saw planet-like speeding light. About same time, airman at Keesler AFB, Miss., saw elliptical UFO accelerate rapidly and disappear in clouds. [VIII]

November 5, 1957--East St. Louis, Illinois. Three Alton & Southern Railroad employees saw two silvery, egg-shaped UFOs.

November 5, 1957- -Haverhill, Mass. Ground Observer Corps reported a circular or spherical glowing object which appeared to vibrate up and down and from side to side while hovering. [VII]

November 5, 1957--Long Beach, California. Air Force Major, others at Municipal Airport saw 6 shiny circular UFOs "changing course instantaneously without loss of speed like planes in a dogfight."

November 5, 1957; Ft. Oglethorpe, Ga. Brilliant round orange object hovered, revolving; television blacked out.

November 5, 1957; near San Antonio, Texas. Car radio quit, headlights dimmed, engine stopped; UFO seen hovering low over field.

November 5, 1957; Hedley, Texas. Farmer saw UFO; neighbor reported TV off at same time.

November 5, 1957; Philadelphia, Penna. Apartment lights dead, electric clock stopped; bright light awakened couple. Milkman reported flaming disc.

November 5, 1957; Hobbs, N.M. Speeding car, motor failed, lights went out as UFO swooped over car.

November 5, 1957; Hingwood, Illinois. UFO followed car returning to town. TV sets in town dimmed, finally lost both picture and sound during same period of time.

November 5, 1957; 5. Springfield, Ohio. Car and cab stalled as UFO observed.



November 5, 1957; Gulf of Mexico

Just after 5:00 a.m. the U S. Coast Guard Cutter Sebago was about 200 miles south of the Mississippi delta. At 5:10 the bridge radar suddenly showed an unidentified target at 246 degrees true, moving N to S, range 12,000 yards (almost 7 miles). On duty were Ensign Wayne Schotley, deck officer, Lt. (j.g.) Donald Schaefer, first class quartermaster Kenneth Smith, and radioman Thomas Kirk.

Interviewed in New Orleans, Ensign Schotley was asked how good the radar target was.

Schotley: "The ship's combat information center confirmed the sighting. At that point it was reported falling astern rapidly. It was a good pip target.. It was a very strong contact, considered good."

Cmdr. James N. Schrader, spokesman in New Orleans, said that at one point "in two minutes it went 33 miles straight away from the ship." (About 1020 mph.)

At 5:14 contact was lost.

At 5:16 contact was regained, object about 22 miles north.

At 5:18 object faded off radar screen, range about 55 miles

At 5:20 contact regained, object appeared stationary, seven miles due north.

About this time, A/1C William J. Mey, an Electronics technician at Keesler AFB, Mississippi (about 320 miles to the north on the Gulf Coast) spotted an elliptical UFO. In his signed report to NICAP, A/1C Mey gives the time as approximately 5:20 a.m. Looking south, he saw the UFO approach on a northerly course at about the speed of a propeller airliner, then accelerate rapidly and disappear into some clouds.

This suggests that more than one UFO may have been operating in the area,,. and that the Sebago's radar may have tracked more than one of them. A/1C Mey's report is fairly consistent with the 5:18 radar report of the UFO headed north at over 1000 mph. If Mey actually saw the UFO at 5:28, it would have averaged about 1590 mph., from the time it faded from the Sebago's radar screen. If he saw it precisely at 5:20 a.m., it would have had to accelerate to nearly 8000 mph. to cover the distance in that time).

At 5:21 the Sebago regained radar contact, and also saw the UFO visually for 3-5 seconds as a brilliant white object with no distinguishable shape. It was at a bearing of 270 degrees true (west), elevation about 31 degrees, moving horizontally from south to north. (A navigator obtained the elevation by noting a star at the same angle and taking a sextant reading of it). The UFO finally entered a cloudbank and disappeared.

At 5:37 the cutter reported its last radar contact with the object, about 175 miles to the north, traveling about 660 mph


The following message report was sent from Sebago:


USCG members onboard Sebago during incident




The following newspaper clipping from The Abilene Reporter - News, and the photo of unidentified members of the Sebago crew enjoying a brew was taken shortly after the Sebago returned to port.