America’s First UFO Sighting

January 18, 2022

On January 18th, 1644, Pilgrims in Boston reported what later became known as America’s first UFO sighting. The governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, John Winthrop, recorded in his diary:

“About midnight, three men, coming in a boat to Boston, saw two lights arise out of the water near the north point of the town cove, in form like a man, and went at a small distance to the town, and so to the south point, and there vanished away.” (Rough Daily)

Winthrop developed a theory for the phenomenon, which he also recorded in his diary. The lights were seen in the exact location where, months earlier, a shop had exploded due to a sailor accidentally igniting gunpowder on board. Five men died in the explosion.

The body of the man who was believed to have caused the explosion had never been found. This man was a sailor who claimed the ability to speak to the dead, and Winthrop, a devout Puritan, believed the devil had taken control of the sailor’s body. The eerie voice of the sailor’s ghost was also said to have accompanied the strange sight.

There have been several speculations over the cause of the glowing light, including that it may have been a phenomenon known as “ignis fatuus,” the result of the combustion of gas from decaying organic matter. However, this theory does not explain the rapid movement of the lights.

In all likelihood, the actual cause of these mysterious lights over Boston may never be known.

2 Comments

  1. John Grychak

    I HAVE ALWAYS BELIEVED THAT WE ARE NOT THE ONLY ONES IN OUR VAST UNIVERSE. AND SO MANY PAST DRAWINGS/PICTURES ARTIFACTS HAVE SHOWN JUST THAT TO GIVE PROOF, THAT THERE ARE OTHER LIVING BEINGS ON OTHER PLANETS.

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  2. Smokey

    From the article:

    “…months earlier, a shop had exploded due to a sailor accidentally igniting gunpowder …”

    Unfortunately, the author never tells readers what kind of shop it was.

    Was it a candle shop? This UFO sighting took place in pre-OSHA days, and since the shop owner didn’t have access to a federal work safety bureaucrat, so how would he know what things go together and what things don’t? He probably had no idea that selling gunpowder and candles together might be a risky proposition.

    OTOH, it might be that this site doesn’t have an editor, so when the author typed shop instead of ship, a shop exploded and five men died. Typos matter; if it wasn’t a shop, those men might still be alive.

    Me, I prefer shop. The mystery it adds to an otherwise humdrum UFO story is worth every penny I paid — and I have it on good authority that pixels ain’t never gonna be cheaper than now, gnome sane?

    (As always, YMMV. 10 – 4; Over & Out.)

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