An article about James Cracker, 8 December 1733

Transcribed by Keith Searson


On December 8 1733, James CRACKER of Fleet , a small village in Dorset, saw a silvery disc fly overhead in broad daylight. Here is his eyewitness account:

“Something in the sky which appeared in the north but vanished from my sight, as it was intercepted by trees, from my vision. I was standing in a valley. The weather was warm, the sun shone brightly. On a sudden it re-appeared, darting in and out of my sight with an amazing coruscation. The colour of this phenomenon was like burnished, or new washed silver. It shot with speed like a star falling in the night. But it had a body much larger and a train longer than any shooting star I have seen”

“Next day Mr EDGECOMBE informed me that he and another gentleman had seen this strange phenomenon at the same time as I had. It was about 15 miles from where I saw it, and steering a course from east to north”.


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