This week I reached out to Don Ledger, a Canadian UFO researcher. My thought was to talk about the Shag Harbour UFO crash and his book Dark Object written with Chris Styles. He mentioned another book about Maritime UFO sightings cleverly called Maritime UFO Files. However, other than a brief mention here and there, the discussion centered around the Shag Harbour case. You can listen to it here:
There were a couple of things that surprised me. First was the suggestion that there had been two objects and according to what Ledger called “anecdotal testimony” they had crossed into Canada from the west, at one point hovered for four minutes (or rather one of them did) and that intercepts by jet fighters had been attempted. In all the paperwork and documentation that he and Chris Styles had reviewed, there seemed to be no corroboration for this aspect of the case.
He also told a couple of stories about reluctant witnesses, found only some forty or fifty years after the event, who had been engaged in romantic escapades but who had been in a position to see the object in the air and fall to the water. While interesting and somewhat titillating, they added little to the case.
|Alleged picture of object in the air. Photo|
copyright by Wilford Isnor.
I did ask about a picture taken of the object in the air but Ledger didn’t seem to know what I was talking about. Chris Styles, twenty years ago had supplied a copy of the picture to me. Looking at it now, it appears to be a time exposure with numerous star trails visible but nothing that actually looks like a UFO. Maybe they learned that there was nothing extraordinary about the picture so they have ignored it.
During the discussion, it seemed to me that Ledger didn’t answer the direct questions and spent too much time describing the landscape. I had a hard time drawing the description of the object out and that there were many documents both official and those from the media that showed something had happened. It just didn’t take us to the extraterrestrial, or rather directly to it.
Next week: Paul Kimball
Topic: The best UFO cases, as he saw them a couple of years ago, and the fiasco that is known as the Curse of Oak Island.