Blog Author: Alexandra Claire
[I]f our solar system is not unusual, then there are so many planets in the universe that, for example, they outnumber the sum of all sounds and words ever uttered by every human who has ever lived. To declare that Earth must be the only planet with life in the universe would be inexcusably bigheaded of us.
- Neil deGrasse Tyson
Death By Black Hole
On the night of October 4th, 1967, there were multiple reports of lights being sighted in the sky. Cptn Mersey, Laurie Wickens, Pilot Cptn Pierre Charbounneau and co-pilot Bob Ralphington - these men will never think of that night the same as any other ever again.
Captain "No Mercy" Mersey reported a crash and accompanying rescue coordinates to the Halifax Harbour Master, along with filing an official report in Lunenburg when the ship returned to port. There were 20 fishermen aboard the boat, and all attest to seeing a roughly rectangular shape 28 km away from them over the ocean. Our pilots were in the middle of Air Canada Flight 305 when Charbounneau pointed out a strange item traveling on a parallel course with them, and within minutes witnessed two explosions. The first was silent but sizable, the second faded to blue coloured smoke on the air. Mr Wickens was enjoying an evening drive with 4 of his friends piled in to his 1956 green and white Pontiac when an object streaked through the sky about a thousand feet up, and about 60 meters in length.
There are many accounts of that evening, eyewitness statements abounding of this event. Some things are agreed upon, others argued. Many say there was no sound at all, others describe a high pitch whistling sound as the object fell and a splash when it hit the water at a 45 degree angle, followed by a loud bang. Fishermen report conducting a search and rescue operation in the water amidst yellow, glittering foam while observing bubbles appearing from under the surface of the water. And although the object was observed to hit the water, and police arrived at the scene within approximately 15 minutes, the object itself was never found. It had begun to sink under the water before the boats were assembled for the search, barely half an hour after the initial crash.
In trying to explain the crash, telex's and communications were sent, ascertaining that there was no missing aircraft in the area. Many factions assembled over the following days to search for any bit of debris or clue from the crash; the initial fisherman, the Lunenburg RCMP detachment, the Canadian Coast Guard,the Royal Canadian Air Force, and finally the Royal Canadian Navy who tasked the Fleet Diving Unit Atlantic with carrying out the search. The final report states that nothing was ever found after 2 days of searching. There is an official DND memo which I found to be quite vague, and doesn't give one nearly enough information. That, along with Captain Mersey's report, are some of the only official documents found about Shag Harbour.
Mersey's report is well detailed of and speaks of light's on the object:
"......It was very clear that night and we could see the lights of Halifax......At the same time there were three other objects on the radar and about 6 miles from the first object.........I could not see any shape or form to it because of the distance. When it went in to the air it only had one flashing light. While the object was on the water it had three real bright flashing red lights. All the lights on it were red....."
He states he is used to the Navy or aircraft dropping things in to the water in that area, however it is the other three objects that makes him question this. There are no lights on the other objects at all, and it it weren't for their radar, they would never have known they were there to begin with.
This is not the only visit recorded. News sources speak of other reports, one in Dartmouth on the same night, and one at the Armdale Rotary in Halifax within 10 days of the Shag Harbour Incident. There was also a visit in Falcon Lake (150 km east of Winnipeg) that had quite a bit more to it on May 20th, 1967. Stefan Michalak, an amateur geologist who was out collecting samples, witnessed two craft appear in his area. He assumed they were military, and approached one when it landed, never imagining what he would see. An open door, bright lights spilling from inside. The craft promptly took off, leaving grid-like burns on Michalak's skin where his clothes were singed off. Authorities returned to the site, and all that was found was pieces of Michalak's burned clothes and scraps of metal. They created a coin to commemorate the Falcon Lake incident in April of 2018.
Why was 1967 such a popular year for these sightings? Why were the two largest reported sightings on two different ends of the country? Is there any truth to the belief that it was an alien species come to earth, or might it have been just a military craft running scenarios? Follow our investigation to discover our conclusion.
Shag Harbour Incident Society:
Commemorative Falcon Lake Coin:
Captain Mersey's Police Report: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shag_Harbour_UFO_incident#/media/File:RCMP_67-400-23-X.jpg
By: Kel Hancock
Blockhouse Investigations-Nova Scotia
After several years- almost 30- of studying the rich folklore of Atlantic Canada and investigating our wonderful legends and mysteries, I'm really happy to be teaming up with Screaming Goat Productions to work on a media project entitled, Myth or History: Stories of the Atlantic.
This project is 100% Atlantic Canadian and that makes me even happier!
So what are we going to do?
Well, it's simple really. We are going to explore the great legends and mysteries of our region, one story at a time. Then, through solid research, information gathering, and critical analysis we are going to present to you both the facts and the fiction in these amazing maritime tales and let you, the viewer, decide for yourself.
This is something that very few others are doing. We want to do things different and show you that investigating legends and folklore does involve real history and that the process of dissecting myth for analysis is just as exciting as the myth itself.
As many know, Oak Island has been a part of me for my entire adult life because of my fascination for the mystery and my ancestral connection to the island. ( see more )
In studying the Oak Island mystery it's virtually impossible not to stumble upon the treasure trove of amazing tales, legends, myths and the unexplained that abound here in our Atlantic home. These are the things I filed away with hopes of revisiting them once I had explored the Oak Island mystery to its fullest.
That time has come.
After being involved with historical research on the island with fellow researcher Doug Crowell, and making a couple of appearances on the History Channel's hit show, The Curse of Oak Island, I decided that I was personally satisfied with the things I'd learned and that it was time to move on- or at least take a break. The Curse of Oak Island is a testament to the fascinating lore of our region and has brought the history of Nova Scotia to the attention of the entire world. The only criticism I have is that it's not being presented in a way that allows for critical analysis or that exemplifies the rich colonial - and pre-colonial- history of the province outside of the realm of the more fanciful theories. There are so many elements of the mystery that have been touted as evidence to support various theories that are easily explained through exploring Nova Scotia's formative colonial years and by sifting through records at our Provincial Archives. These things are not shown, perhaps because it's said they don't make good television. But with that, I couldn't disagree more.
So in this project we hope to show you some of that real history and demonstrate how it can be found, whilst still having fun and conveying a sense of romanticism and wonderment that is always found with Atlantic Canadian folklore.
In short, we are committed to showing you both sides of the story.
The team that we've hand-picked is the perfect mix for that because we are both skeptics and believers. When we present an opinion, we'll also present the counter-opinion and focus on the evidence, or lack of, that each side has to offer.
We are really excited about this project and we hope you'll come along with us as we explore the magical, mythical, land and sea of Atlantic Canada.